Sorry about the infrequent postings as of late. I've been helping with a weekly Arkansas sports column and haven't had the time for many posts. My most recent column, however, dovetails perfectly with both Arkansas sports and Euro basketball. Jarrett Hart, a classmate of mine from LR Central, is a pro basketball player playing for a team in Cyprus and for the British National Team....
With 4:58 left in a EuroBasket tournament game last week against the mighty Spanish national basketball team, Great Britain's Jarrett Hart received a pass at the top of the arc and let fly a three-point attempt.
The Little Rock native drained it, the crowd erupted, and for a second the tides of fate seemed ready to sweep the British onto the unlikeliest of shores. Leading 73-69, Great Britain, a neophyte to the world basketball scene, was about to eliminate Spain, the reigning FIBA world champion, from the European Championships' first round in what an enthused ESPN commentator declared would be "the greatest upset in international basketball history."
Not bad for a team that didn't even exist four years ago.
Hart, a dual citizen who teamed with Joe Johnson to lead Little Rock Central High to a 1999 state championship, is a guard for Great Britain's national team, which in 2006 was formed from three countries in preparation of the 2012 London Olympics.Check out more here.