The best basketball player in college basketball is a woman.
Better than all the men.
All of them.
She would be a starter and star on any of the best men’s teams. No way, you say. They would shut her down. The men would be too athletic.
They would defend her from 30 feet out. She would do her step-back slide to the left – similar to Luka Doncic’s unguardable maneuver – and would stick that shot on any guy trying to defend her.
If any guy insisted she wouldn’t be allowed to shoot from there, she would drive and pass to an open teammate – and she’s highly skilled at this. This would lead her team to wins.
Then the guys would lay off her again, skeptical she could keep making 35-footers, and she would stick a barrage of bombs in their faces with the message we’ve all come to accept: Women are better than men.
There is not one guy playing college basketball who shoots the ball better than her – and it’s not close. She’s more accurate and consistent than all of them. Go ahead, do some research on the best men’s shooters and you’ll realize I’m right.
Why is her shot so spectacular? One reason is her simple motion, like Stef Curry’s, a highly efficient, simplified, and effortless flick of the wrist. The less complicated a basketball shot the more accurate it is.
What she’s doing is abnormal, a woman being the best player in college basketball, man or woman. Granted, Carolina’s R.J. Davis is quicker than her and a fine outside shooter. But the lethality of her long-range shot is more deadly than the shot of Davis or any other guy.
The most beautiful visual in basketball is a long-range shot making the net flutter because the ball just dropped through it. She’s the best at doing this. She’s the most beautiful basketball player to watch, man or woman, in all of college hoops.
This hasn’t happened before, not this kind of shot swisher; she’ll break the all-time scorer record for women’s college players and probably Pete Maravich’s men’s record, which would be like Michael Phelps winning eight Gold Medals in one Olympics or Wayne Gretzky winning the NHL’s MVP his first eight seasons in the league.
Last night against Maryland she bombed swishes from long range all night for 38 points en route to victory. Bright lights, big stage, Clark clutch.
What I appreciate most about her shooting accuracy is she’s worked to master this craft. You can’t shoot from far away without practicing hundreds or even thousands of shots a day. She’s put in the work. This is to be revered. It’s dignified and honorable.
I believe there are no men playing college hoops who practice their shooting as much as she has. They’re athletic and quick and get their scholarships without having to do as many repetitive drills as she has.
She’s athletic but that’s not why she’s better than all of them. She’s better because she’s worked for more hours in a gym by herself, alone, striving with almighty discipline to get better.
This I admire so much more than athletic male basketball players who don’t work at shooting well. They half-ass it.
Not Caitlin Clark. We will never see a woman basketball player shoot as well as she does, from as far as way as she can, as consistently as she does, ever again. It’s too hard to do this.
We’re witnessing Einstein-like basketball genius that will continue for these next several weeks and into March Madness. The pressure on her will mount as the sell-out crowds become more boisterous and hysterical, as teams try to triple-team her from 40 feet, as her team quests for the March Madness title.
America is caught up in all things Caitlin Clark. We should be. She’s cool, confident, smart, and a savant. Not a jerk.
You think Taylor Swift is big?
Clark may be on her way to being even bigger than the superstar pop musician.
It’s refreshing to watch. She deserves it. She’s bringing joy to our lives.
And that’s because she worked hard when we weren’t watching to do amazing things now that we are