The Legendary Shots (formerly Amazing Basketball Shots) is a series of basketball trick-shot videos created by a troupe of former Hoover High School students and popularized through YouTube.
Those appearing in the videos include Carson Stalnaker, Christian Lill, Jeff Keith, Chase Martin, Bryan Anderson, Barret Crawford, Jeffrey Higginbotham, Alex Watkins Ryan Johnson and Phil Latko (none of whom played for the Buccaneers' basketball team). The series began while they were still in high school, and Carson's mother Jill Stalnaker stepped in as the troupe's manager. Later Carson graduated from Auburn University with a degree in marketing.
The videos are created by setting up cameras and filming as many shots as it takes before one goes through the basket, then editing the successful shots together, sometimes from multiple camera angles. According to Stalnaker, the average shot requires about an hour of misses, with some taking far longer.
Clips from their videos have been re-aired in commercials shown during the NCAA Final Four as well as at NBA arenas and Times Square. Stories about the videos have aired on ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Sports. The Hampton Inn hotel chain used one video for a series of short advertisements touting their rewards program and Flip video cameras have used footage in their national ad campaign.
In 2010 Big Communications hired the group, on behalf of the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, to stage shots at Birmingham area attractions, such as Vulcan Park, Alabama Adventure, the Talladega Superspeeday, the newly-opened Railroad Park, and Sloss Furnaces.
In 2015 the Legendary Shots team filmed a promotional video at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. The group's YouTube channel currently has more than 155,000 subscribers.
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- Anderson, Jon (August 24, 2009) "Hoover High boys with 'Amazing Basketball Shots' get national attention again with new video." The Birmingham News
- Diel, Stan (October 21, 2010) "Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau puts new angle on basketball trick shots." The Birmingham News
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- Anderson, Jon (May 28, 2014) "Legendary Shots basketball crew from Hoover takes trick shots to Phoenix arena." The Birmingham News