Kerr-plop! VCU guard beats former NBA sharpshooter

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On every scouting report Virginia Commonwealth puts together, opposing players who are great outside shooters get a special designation _ a picture of Steve Kerr.

So when Kerr himself was courtside at a shootaround Thursday, Rams coach Shaka Smart knew he had to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Smart didn’t just introduce Kerr to his players, he also offered the former NBA marksman a challenge: a 3-point shooting contest against the team’s best deep threat, Joey Rodriguez.

Wearing jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt the broadcaster loosened up with three free throws that hit nothing but net. Then Kerr went to the top of the key for a best-of-10 challenge. His first shot rimmed out, while Rodriguez made his. The kid never trailed on his way to a 9-6 victory in a contest that actually went 11 rounds; everyone was having so much fun, they lost count.

“I’m sure if he had a couple more warm up shots he would have killed me,” Rodriguez said. “It was cool shooting against someone like that. And you could kind of see at the end he wanted to win. He’s a great shooter, probably the best clutch shooter of all times, one of them at least. … That was a fun experience. That was great.”

Rodriguez was born in 1988, a few months after Kerr helped lead Arizona to the Final Four. Rodriguez was 13 when Kerr hit his last NBA 3-pointer in 2002. But Rodriguez has learned about Kerr’s career from watching TV.

And the scouting reports.

Each opposing player is pictured along with a photo of an NBA player whose style he most closely resembles _ either Rajon Rondo (quick to the hoop), Dwyane Wade (a slasher who also has a great outside shot) or Kerr (unlimited range).

“When the ball is passed to a shooter and we don’t do a good job of closing out, the first thing we yell is, `Guys, he’s a Kerr,’” Smart said. “It’s nice to have Kerr with us today.”

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BOOK OF ROY: Buzz Williams should know the book on Roy Williams by now.

After all, it was a pain to find it.

The Marquette coach picks a different person to study each month, usually somebody who will inspire him or teach him about things like leadership and character. He picked the North Carolina coach while he was in Puerto Rico, then set out to find his book for the trip home.

“I spent nine times as much on the cab as I did on the book,” Buzz Williams said. “It got so bad that I just employed the cab driver to stay until I could find it. I would go into a book store, ask for it, go to another one, another one.”

Williams finally found “Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court.”

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