McAllister sets sights on Hoop Shoot finals
by Johnathan Bentley
Mar 29, 2013 | 1416 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian fifth grader Cameron McAllister shows off his awards after winning the local, district, state and regional levels of the Elks Hoop Shoot competition. McAllister will take part in the Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass., on April 20. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian fifth grader Cameron McAllister shows off his awards after winning the local, district, state and regional levels of the Elks Hoop Shoot competition. McAllister will take part in the Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass., on April 20. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — Cameron McAllister stands at the free throw line, spins the ball with his right hand, takes a second and knocks down the shot.

Then he does it over and over and over again.

McAllister, a fifth grader at Sumiton Christian School, can shoot free throws with the best of them.

Just ask his competition.

McAllister has already won Elks Hoop Shoot competitions at the local, district, state and regional levels. Next up is the Hoop Shoot National Finals set for April 20 in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball.

McAllister, who said his personal record is 50 free throws in a row, advanced to the national finals by drilling 24 of 25 shots from the free throw line at the Southeast Regional held at Valdosta State University in Georgia on March 16.

“I was ready,” McAllister said of his trip to the regionals.

It was his third trip to the Southeast Regional, but the first time he made it through.

“This is my dream, to get to nationals,” said McAllister, who hopes to play basketball at Duke one day.

In Springfield, he will go up against 12 other regional winners in the 10-11 boys division. McAllister is sponsored by Jasper’s Elks Lodge No. 2571.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is a national free throw contest that provides youth ages 8 to 13 an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed through hard work and healthy competition.