Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 8/19/13

During a "Welcome Week" event for Ball State University students, one lucky spectator was randomly selected to take a half court shot and win one semester of tuition completely paid for. Just one day into his first year in college, 18-year-old Markus Burden was the chosen participant and managed to rise to the challenge by sinking the basketball from past the half court line in front of a cheering incoming class. The Frankfort, Illinois native's shot from way beyond the arc was worth a lot more than three points and won him free tuition for his spring semester. "It was an overwhelming feeling," the recreation league player said in an outfit that sparkled as much as his winning smile. Burden was randomly selected to take part in the contest by one of the coaches on the basketball court. he might want to give him a tryout. "'I am still very excited and surprised that I hit the shot," he said.  Burden said his mom refused to believe the news until she saw photographic evidence of the valuable stunt. Ball State University has been sponsoring the contest for several years, but this is the first time a student has actually managed to make the show and claim the prize. The marketing major will receive $11,000 to go towards his tuition costs for the upcoming semester. Burden's incredible shot might even have famous Ball State alum David Letterman saying, "Hey heeey."

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