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Chicago man re-creates 13 college hoops shining moments

Almost everyone who's ever picked up a basketball has fantasized about draining a game-winning buzzer-beater during March Madness.

Sam Healy never got that opportunity, but this week the Ukrainian Village resident lived out that dream in the most Internet way possible. 

The 30-year-old on Sunday re-created 13 iconic shots from college basketball, mostly from the NCAA and conference tournaments, and posted his homage on YouTube. The clips are set to Luther Vandross' "One Shining Moment."

"I actually had the idea for that video for about five to six years now, I've just never gotten off my ass and done it," said Healy, who played basketball in high school and graduated from Virginia Tech. "All in all I was pretty happy with how it turned out after just 40 minutes shooting around with a friend."

Wearing shorts and a Goose Island T-shirt, the self-described "basketball junkie" not only knocks down memorable shots but re-lives several of the ensuing celebrations. Tate George. Bryce Drew. Ali Farokhmanesh. And more, all performed on a rainy court in Eckhart Park while his best friend filmed.  

"The rain made it a lot more difficult because I was muddy, I was soaking wet, I was sweating," Healy said. "Every missed shot the ball would be in a puddle or whatever. I couldn't do any dribbling. I tried the Tyus Edney [coast-to-coast shot for UCLA vs. Missouri in 1995], but I looked like I couldn't even dribble a basketball so I decided to edit that one out."  

One of the "easiest" shots of the bunch, Christian Laettner's game-winner for Duke against Kentucky in 1992, took the longest to perfect. 

"I'm gonna have to make a blooper video, but I think I had four airballs in a row on the turnaround," Healy said, laughing. "The Ben Brust shot, the half-court one, I think I got that on the third [attempt]." (Editor's note: Wisconsin's Brust hit that bucket to send a Big Ten regular-season game against Michigan to overtime.)

Healy said he still plays basketball competively at several leagues in Chicago in addition to putting up 3-pointers on his lunch breaks while interning at a public relations firm. He also co-hosts a basketball podcast on American University in Washington, D.C., where he lived for several years. He joked that the project has "about 20 loyal listeners."

"I have an interesting career path; I'm a 30-year-old intern at Edelman," he said. "It's the Benjamin Button of careers."

He also edited the hoops highlight video himself on iMovie. And as an aspiring comedian (he performs at open mic nights and has his own YouTube channel), he's not afraid to poke fun at himself. 

"In unrelated news," he said, "I'm obviously single if I have enough time to make these videos and dedicate a couple hours a week on a podcast on a school that no one really cares about." 

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