Crowd goes crazy as high school senior with Down syndrome nails difficult half-court basketball shot

PHOTO: James Myer-Gerd, a senior with Down syndrome, hit a no-look, backward shot from half-court during halftime.PlayWest Point News
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It’s a trick basketball shot few people could easily make -- especially with an entire gymnasium of classmates watching.

But 18-year-old James Meiergerd did just that.

PHOTO: James Myer-Gerd, a senior with Down syndrome, hit a no-look, backward shot from half-court during halftime. Courtesy Karen Meiergerd
James Myer-Gerd, a senior with Down syndrome, hit a no-look, backward shot from half-court during halftime.

Meiergerd, who has Down syndrome, is a senior at West Point-Beemer High School in West Point, Nebraska.

During half-time at a game between his school’s team, the Cadets, and their rivals from Wisner-Pilger High School, he started playing and nailed a half-court shot after a few attempts, and the crowd went wild.

PHOTO: James Myer-Gerd, a senior with Down syndrome, hit a no-look, backward shot from half-court during halftime. Courtesy Karen Meiergerd
James Myer-Gerd, a senior with Down syndrome, hit a no-look, backward shot from half-court during halftime.

Meiergerd, who’s an honorary member of his school’s team, had been practicing for two weeks. In addition to basketball, Meiergerd wrestles and participates in the Special Olympics.

Meiergerd’s trick shot caught the attention of the Harlem Globetrotters, who invited him to be their guest when they play in Omaha this April.