Thursday, January 14, 2010

Parents made sure UIS' Thornton got his shots

Ryan Thornton wrote down his basketball goals in a notebook when he was growing up.

For the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars sharpshooter, there was more to it than simply recording words on paper.

“My dad got me a goal book when I was in grade school,” he said. “He said maybe get 2,500 shots up each day. I’d look at 2,500 shots and say I could do more, so I might get 3,000 or 3,200 shots up. In the summer I’d set a goal for myself that I want to have a basketball in my hand every day.”

Thornton's story was featured in a January, 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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