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Lot # 11: Kris Jenkins' Game Worn Shoes from 2016 NCAA Championship Game Winning Shot (Jenkins LOA & Photo-Matched)

Category: Basketball

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

"Jenkins, for the championship," said CBS television announcer Jim Nantz as Villanova's Kris Jenkins launched a long three-pointer against North Carolina just before the buzzer in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on April 5, 2016, at NRG Stadium, in Houston, Texas. The buzzer sounded midway through the flight of the ball, and when Jenkins' shot swished through the net, Villanova had the National Championship in one of the greatest buzzer beater shots in college basketball history. Presented is the opportunity to possess the shoes Jenkins wore when he hit his iconic shot. Villanova, coached by Jay Wright, was a Number 1 seed going into the tournament, as were the Roy Williams coached Tar Heels. Villanova had reached the championship game after crushing Oklahoma 95-51 in the tournament semi-final. Jenkins had blossomed into a solid player in this 2015-16 season, and the 6'6" forward was an outstanding long-range shooter, averaging 13.6 PPG, and shooting 38.6% on his 65 3-point shots. In the closely contested 2015-16 Championship Game, North Carolina had tied the game at 74 points on a long-range heave by Marcus Paige with only 4.7 seconds left in the game. Then Jenkins inbounded the ball to Ryan Arcidiacono, who dribbled up the left side and crossed midcourt. Jenkins was trailing the play. "I was the last option," Jenkins explained. Arcidiacono saw Jenkins open to his right at a point to the right of the top of the key, about four feet outside the 3-point line. Arcidiacono passed to Jenkins. "I was a catch-and-shoot player," said Jenkins. "This may sound crazy, but I thought it was going in as I shot it. I thought that about every shot I took." Jenkins took his catch-and-shoot shot, and the rest is history. The Nikeid (Nike) shoes, made in China, are size 16. The embroidery on the back of the tongue of each shoe reads '"VU." The left shoe back tongue is also embroidered to read, "HUNGRY." The right shoe back tongue is embroidered to read "HUMBLE." The shoes are in good condition, and yet show excellent wear, with a few tiny stains and some scuff marks. The shoes are photo matched to Getty 520219410, and they come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Kris Jenkins. Jenkins played some pro basketball overseas, and he now works for Villanova as a student athlete development assistant. Kris Jenkins will always be remembered for his miraculous shot, a shot that will be replayed again and again throughout the ages. Here are the shoes that helped launch that now immortal shot.

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