San Antonio teen beating the odds thanks to 'Shot Doctor'
SAN ANTONIO - He's known as "The Shot Doctor."
A San Antonio man has helped hundreds of athletes fix their form and put the ball in the hoop. But his greatest success story may be a local teen who's now beating the odds and the competition.
Twice a week you'll find George Gholson, 15, in the gym working on his shot with David "DJ" Jones -- the shot doctor.
The Antonian sophomore has been working with DJ since he was seven years old. Drills, workouts, strength and conditioning. Improving his jump shot, his free throws.
"I’m 50 million times better,” George says.
He isn't kidding. Especially when you consider just how far he's come.
"I was supposed to be in a wheelchair,” George says. “Crutches. The rest of my life."
George was born with a club foot. His left foot. But thanks to his parents, doctors, physical therapy, and DJ, playing basketball soon became a realistic goal.
"They knew what to do,” George says. “And now I get buckets."
For years though, George still struggled on the court.
"Because I wasn't consistent. One day I would do 10 for 10. The next day - zero for 10."
And that's where the shot doctor comes in.
DJ played 13 years of professional ball in Europe.
He won the scoring title 11 of those years.
He holds the record for most three pointers in a game in four different countries.
Oh, and he's not bad at free throws either.
"My lowest free throw percentage as a professional is 92%,” says DJ. “My average is 95 and my best 100 when I played in Poland. I hit 98 free throws in a row throughout the course of the season."
His main focus with George was form and technique.
"I'm saying, ‘Keep that body straight, keep your body straight, keep your feet straight.’"
Then, about six months ago, a light bulb went off.
"Just kind of figured out - 'Ok, with your club foot, which I've been knowing years, we're going to switch it up a little bit.’"
Normally a right-handed player like George is taught to put his right foot forward while shooting.
"I want his left foot forward,” said DJ. “It's something I do not teach. But with his left foot forward, because of his club foot, he's able to keep his body straight."
The switch in stance paid off pretty much immediately.
"Started making every single shot," said DJ. "He got excited about it. I got excited."
"I can do a lot more than I thought I could," adds George.
Two weeks ago, George set a new personal record at the free throw line.
38 a row.
"He started to see positive results in his performance,” said George. “And that's what we want."
His overall confidence now is through the roof. Both on the court... And off of it.
"Don't be afraid to take the shot,” says George. “Metaphorically as well. In anything I do. Not just a layup."