Part 3: Free-throw prodigy aims for Big Dance

Page 2's resident college basketball junkie, Kieran Darcy, hits the road for a grassroots tour of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Updated: February 7, 2007, 2:39 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Page 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Before every single free throw he shoots, Blake Ahearn wipes off both his hands on his shorts, dribbles three times, flips the ball out in front of him with a healthy dose of backspin, catches it with two hands, holds it for half a second, then releases.

And the ball virtually always drops through the net.

That's no exaggeration. Over his three-plus seasons at Missouri State, Ahearn has taken 430 free throws -- and made 409 of them. That's 95.1 percent, folks.

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