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CSU freshman hits half-court shot to win free tuition

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- One freshman at CSU no longer has to worry about paying his tuition this year. That's because he won a competition where he made a basketball shot from half-court.

While classes haven't even started yet for Andrew Schneeweis, he's already notorious on campus.

"Well, everyone knows my name," he said. "There is definitely some people who know what I look like because I've been walking around saying, oh that's the kid. That's the kid who made the shot! " said Schneeweis, a student at CSU.

That shot was actually part of a welcome to school event at CSU.

"I think it was somewhere around 7,000 kids in the gym and they just picked a random seat," said Schneeweis.

Schneeweis happened to be sitting in that seat and had three chances to make a half-court shot to win free tuition for an entire year.

"I was so excited, I was you know thinking, I got to make it happen," Schneeweis said.

And he did.

"Once I let go of the ball, I knew it was in. I knew it was going to go in. I have to say that was pretty lucky," said Schneeweis.

Especially for a guy who doesn't really even play basketball.

"I play occasionally with some friends, but never with a team," said Schneeweis.

It's a surreal moment for this shy freshman not only because he sunk the shot, but he's going back to school with fewer loans.

"It's definitely going to help out with some debt," Schneeweis said.

And it's already boosting his social life because several YouTube videos of the event have been posted. Andrew said he is getting recognized across the nation.

"One of my friends from Mississippi said he heard people talking about it... that was pretty cool," said Schneeweis.

It's a big win for this 18-year-old, who seems to be enjoying college so far.

"It's a lot of fun.  It's a blast. I hope it continues," Schneeweis.

Four head coaches at CSU are coming together to pay for Schneeweis's tuition.

School officials said the event was very successful, but no word yet if they will do this again next year.


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