When Javan Felix missed 16 of his first 17 3-point shots as a freshman, he kept shooting.
When he missed eight of his first 11 3-point shots as a sophomore, he kept shooting.
When he missed two games because of concussion symptoms and later missed 12 of 15 3-pointers during conference play as a junior, he kept shooting.
“I’m going to keep shooting,” Felix told coaches, reporters, fans and anybody else who questioned his quick trigger. Now with 167 successful 3-point shots, Felix has cracked the school’s top-10 list, just passing Sydmill Harris (165) and J’Covan Brown (163).
There’s a metaphor in here somewhere. Felix is the embodiment of someone who’s confident in himself and his abilities.
“I just know the most important people, which are my teammates and my coaches, they encourage me to keep shooting,” Felix said. “They see how hard I work on it all the time, every day. It’s those couple moments when I have a bad shooting night that people will say stop shooting or, ‘Why do you keep shooting?’ and stuff like that.
“But as soon as I make a couple of them, people will be like, ‘Oh, man. I love your 3s.’ So you can’t get caught up in stuff like that. It comes and goes. You just have to be consistent in what you do and that’s a part of what I do.”
Felix was energized this season by Texas’ coaching change. Basketball is fun again. That’s why he’ll try to play wherever he can “for as long as I can.” If that means overseas, so be it.
“Going to get it out of my system,” Felix said. “And I love it, so it’s going to be a part of me forever.”
Just keep shooting.
Javan Felix at Texas
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