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Sporting Advantage Inc.has signed an agreement with Pro Performance Sports
to market a new version of shootANDstar Rebounder-
NOW called the SKLZ Rapid Fire!!!


Daily Times, Pekin Illinois Tuesday, August 03, 2004 Vol.123, 184

Invention returns ball to shooter
By Joe Lanane
Times Intern
This isn't your ordinary free throw basketball hoop you may have had in your basement or played at the local arcade as a little kid.
You know the one -- 30 seconds of gripping one-on-one action in which the ball rolls back after a made or missed shot, offering bragging rights to the winner without offering the range any typical driveway backboard provides.

However, Glenn Hudson of Mackinaw has taken matters into his own hands by combining the convenience of the indoor product with the authentic outdoor experience, using a portable net connected to the top of any backboard to automatically return the ball to its point of origin.
Hudson says his invention, the shootAndstar rebounder, brings players the ability to shoot from anywhere on the court without the hassle of chasing after the ball every shot.

"The shootAndstar brings back made and missed shots no matter where a shooter is at on the court," Hudson said. "Instead of spending a majority of your time chasing the ball back and forth around the driveway, athletes can concentrate on efficiently practicing their shot and perfecting their game."

Hudson has been an entrepreneur of sorts ever since graduating from Illinois State University, where he also carried a background in basketball with a year on the junior varsity basketball squad. Combining those two assets last September, he created the shootAndstar, which he believes will revolutionize a market full of overpriced self rebounders.

"My product makes it easy for any age group to shoot a short jumper or even a long shot from the top of the key," Hudson said. "They will no longer be making excuses for not practicing because they will be excited about being able to actually practice shooting instead of wasting time chasing the ball."

Hudson, who said he specialized more in defense rather than scoring in his days as a Gibson City high school guard, insists that his innovation would have been an ideal gift as a child. "If I would have had this when I was a kid, I'd be in heaven," he said. "If anyone wants to help their athlete become a better shooter, they would definitely benefit from purchasing the shootAndstar rebounder."

To publicize his invention, Hudson has traveled around the state to many colleges and universities visiting summer camps. Most recently, Hudson took to the streets of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tourney held in Washington, where former Pekin 3-point specialist Jon Closen investigated the shootAndstar. One shot after the next, 19 of Closen's 20 jumpers arrived right back to him, for a 95 percent success rate.

"Basically (the shootAndstar) would help someone get off a lot of shots in a row in no time," Closen said. "It would be great for any team or player to have."

While Hudson says the individual's talent plays a role in how many balls return to the shooter, he is confident the more the athlete uses it, the more they will benefit.

His product is currently on sale at his website,, and is also distributed at any venue Hudson advertises at. He says that by continuing his tour around central Illinois, he can use word of mouth to eventually put his innovation on the major market.

"I think I've learned that even when you have something you are confident is a good idea, you still have to be able to get word out," he said. "I'm trying to do just that."