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Rick Barry’s son plays at Charleston, shoots free throws underhand (VIDEO)

Sep 4, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rick Barry, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, breeds hoopers. His four oldest sons all eventually became professionals, with Brent and Jon carving out extensive NBA careers for themselves.

Barry has another kid in the basketball pipeline right now as well: Canyon Barry.

Canyon is a 6-foot-6 guard from Colorado that spent last season redshirting for the College of Charleston after becoming the third Barry to be recruited and signed by former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins; Cremins has since retired.

Barry redshirted as a freshman, which is probably why his name — and his free throw shooting style — are just now making their way across the internet. Rick Barry was known for his unorthodox approach to shooting free throws, as he became one of the most accurate free throw shooters of all-time by tossing them in underhanded.

Canyon does the same, as evidenced by this video from an exhibition vs. USC-Aiken last season:

“It’s logic. If you have one of the greatest free throw shooters of all time, why wouldn’t you do it like that?” Canyon told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com.

“I always wanted to do that. But it wasn’t until junior year of high school when I made the switch. The main problem is that you have to have big enough hands to grip the top of the ball. Why not give it a try, it was only a matter of time until my hands were big enough.”

His dad knocked down free throws at a 90% clip. If Canyon does the same, no one will argue with him.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    “It’s logic. If you have one of the greatest free throw shooters of all time, why wouldn’t you do it like that?”

    Outstanding! Well done Canyon Berry. Strangely, Rick worked with Shaq and had him hitting freebies (underhanded) at a very respectable clip. Shaq admitted to being too embarrassed to do it in an actual game. I am thinking Shaq’s repeated “shot put” attempts at freebies should have been so embarrassing nothing could top it.

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