Humboldt’s hoop shooter

Humboldt's Connor Newman became the Knights of Columbus free-throw shooting champion in Salina on March 1.

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March 11, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Connor Newman poses with the basketball. Photo by Erick Mitchell / Iola Register

HUMBOLDT — Golden State’s Stephen Curry is the best free-throw specialist in the history of the NBA, firing 90.56% from the stripe for his career. Humboldt’s Connor Newman could give Curry a run for his money. 

Most recently on March 1 in Salina., Newman was crowned the Knights of Columbus Kansas nine-year- old free-throw shooting champion. Newman converted 23 of 25 attempts, good enough for 90%, which puts him right around the mark Curry has going for his career. 

No, Curry is not Newman’s favorite NBA star. In fact, Newman’s No. 1 is Lakers star Lebron James, who if you were wondering, shoots 73.5% from the line for his career. While Newman admits James is favorite, his game resembles that of the Warriors’ sharp-shooter. 

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