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Jack Gohlke stopped doing layup lines ‘a couple years ago’
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Jack Gohlke stopped doing layup lines ‘a couple years ago’

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (BVM) – Shooters shoot and there wasn’t a better shooting performance during Thursday’s first-round action of the 2024 NCAA Tournament than the 10-for-20 masterpiece Oakland grad transfer Jack Gohlke turned in from behind the arc to upset 3-seed Kentucky. And he did it off the bench.

“I’ve always been like the shooter on my team, but I’ve definitely gotten a lot better over my career and it’s probably I would say 600-700 shots a day during the season,” Gohlke said Friday on the Pat McAfee Show. “You got to stay on and maybe even more than that in the offseason. It’s just reps man. That’s all it comes down to and doing those reps at game speed. Because if you’re just out there lollygagging around you’re not going to get any better.”

Gohlke entered March Madness with the second-most 3-pointers made in the country this season which would come as no surprise when you look at his shooting numbers for the year. He attempted just eight 2-point shots to more than 300 from downtown. 

A marksman from the 3-point line, you won’t find Gohlke participating in team layup lines pregame with the rest of the Golden Grizzlies. When asked when he stopped warming up with the layup drill Gohlke said, “Maybe a couple years ago.”

The sixth-year senior spent the previous five seasons at Division II Hillsdale College where he redshirted as a freshman. Gohlke received no Division I offers coming out of Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin.

Now a March Madness legend after his 32-point outing in the Round of 64, Gohlke is receiving the kind of attention generally reserved for the famous brothers that went to the same high school: JJ, Derek and TJ Watt. Just look at the following he’s gained on social media overnight.

Gohlke became just the fifth player in NCAA Tournament history to net 10 3-pointers in a single game, he tied the most points scored in a tournament game without attempting a two, and he busted the vast majority of brackets in the process. 

The Kentucky Wildcats featured multiple future NBA draft picks. While he’s not on any draft boards, Gohlke, 24, won’t rule out the possibility of playing professional basketball.

“I’m just going to keep trying to get better and enjoy this run as it lasts,” Gohlke told the Pat McAfee Show. “But once it’s over I’m going to try to make the NBA and if something could happen that’d be awesome. But I know I could have a long pro career overseas as well.”

No. 14 Oakland will face No. 11 NC State inside PPG Paints Arena at 7:10 p.m. ET Saturday on TBS in the second round of the East Region.