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You won’t believe this Frederick teen’s hoops shot

I had to watch the above video three times. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Maciah Thomas, a 15-year-old from Frederick, got a running start, performed a nice looking front flip, and then, while HE WAS AIRBORNE, launched a basketball from a distance I’ve never hit a shot at — and the ball landed in the net.

Not surprisingly, Maciah is now famous.

He’s made ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the video on YouTube has been watched more than 500,000 times.

Did I mention he nailed the shot WHILE PERFORMING A FRONT FLIP?

Cara Anthony, a Frederick News-Post reporter, caught up with Maciah and his buddy Jon Mahalchick, who recorded the video and can be heard saying, naturally, “Are you serious?”

It apparently took Maciah about 30 tries to make the shot.

“We weren’t going inside until he made it,” Jon told the paper.

Maciah says it was not the first time he made such a shot. He nailed one in his gym at school. Apparently the teens watching him then were being good students and keeping their phones in their lockers because nobody caught the moment on tape..

“I always wanted to be a stunt man and study film,” he said.

Maciah: I think you nailed your first audition.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.


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