Dime Q&A: All Day Basketball Is The Next Big Name In Trick Shots

You probably saw Dude Perfect and their trick shots on ESPN. They were pretty impressive, to say the least. Well the next big name in basketball trick shots is waiting to bust loose and hit the big time: All Day Basketball. The group’s youngest members, Jack (the cameraman) and Will Sims are 15, their older brother Paul is 19, and their neighbor Brad Marlow rounds out the group at 20 years old.

Hailing from Fort Wayne, Ind., the foursome possess an uncanny knack for knocking down ridiculously difficult shots from anywhere and everywhere. And that’s because no shot is too imposing; they’ll go through, over, around and under any obstacle you give them. I had the chance to speak with the All Day Basketball crew about how it all began and where their trick shot future might take them.

And yes, it’s all 100% real. Check out their trick shots HERE.

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Dime: How did All Day Basketball get started?
Paul Sims: First off, we saw some videos by a group named Dude Perfect, I think you know them. We saw some of their stuff online and on ESPN. Then we were shooting around back in our driveway, and we basically kept shooting from farther away, going back to like the sidewalk squares. And then Jack started taping, and then we starting getting crazier and crazier shots and we got the idea that maybe we could put it on YouTube and become a trick shot group.

Dime: You’ve gone from admiring Dude Perfect to being in direct competition with them. How do you plan on overtaking them as the nation’s best trick shot group?
PS: One of their trademarks, is, I would say, going big. Like they get into big places such as Cowboys Stadium, Reliant Stadium, obviously they’re big name places. Recently we’ve gotten into our local baseball diamond called Parkview Field. We’re also planning on going to the Coliseum in Fort Wayne, which is a basketball/hockey arena. So we’re starting to get into some places rather than shooting at our houses and local courts and stuff, which gives us more opportunities. Also, we don’t necessarily think we have to get into those same places to overtake, if you want to say that, Dude Perfect.

Dime: How did you guys come up with the name All Day Basketball?
Brad Marlow: Originally I came up with the name by…let’s say your playing with your buddies, a game of H-O-R-S-E, and you keep on making the shots and your friend keeps on missing them. You just say, “That’s all day.” You can’t miss at all.

Dime: I saw on YouTube that you sent a highlight package of your best shots to ESPN. What ever came of that?
BM: That was their highlight challenge thing, and we did not win or get in the top three for that.
Jack Sims: But we did get on the ESPN website, with their like cool YouTube videos, on Page 2. That was pretty cool.

Dime: What do your friends and family think of what your doing and the popularity that you’ve gained?
PS: I’ll just like tell other people, whether it’s at school or at work and everybody’s like, “That’s crazy, how did you do that?” Especially people that have never seen it before. They’re like, “How is that even possible?”
JS: Our family’s really supportive, they can’t believe it. And like our relatives, they get more excited than we do when we make them. So it’s really nice to have that encouragement.

Dime: What’s your favorite trick shot that you’ve done so far?
PS: We’ve got a couple. I’m gonna say, the one I made on the most recent edition where I make a layup in the one basket and then kick it full court, straight out of the air into the other basket. Just ’cause of the difficulty. And then another one I’d say is one we haven’t posted online yet, ’cause it involves all three of us. We did it at the local high school stadium that you might’ve seen in some of our shots. Will’s halfway up the stadium, I’m three-quarters up, Brad’s at the top. We all shot down to the bottom where the basket is, and we all make it at once.

Dime: How do you come up with the shot ideas? How do you decide who gets to take the shots?
BM: Usually we just try to create something that’s original, something that no one’s done before. We don’t want to be like other people. That’s why some of our shots involve two or three of us. Usually Paul comes up with the most ridiculous stuff that’s not even possible. I mean, he made that full cour kick shot which I couldn’t believe.
Will Sims: Whoever comes up with the idea usually gets the shot. Paul’s kind of the kick shot specialist, so if someone has an idea for a kick shot, he’s the one that normally does it. And Brad kinda of does the long range shots.

Dime: How many tries did that take? What’s the average time a shot takes?
BM: That shot took more than one day, but the second day it took less than 20 minutes.
WS: The time depends on the difficulty; you know some shots are harder than others. Normally the ones that take longest I’d say are the kick shots most of the time. You know, ’cause you can’t control it as easily when you’re kicking with your foot. And then the shots you can’t see the basket, those are pretty hard.

Dime: Any new trick shot ideas in the works?
PS: When we went to our baseball stadium, one shot that we didn’t have the full time that we would like to do is off a parking garage there, like a concourse in the background, and I think the guy there said we might have an opportunity to go back later. To be completely honest, we’ve been running a little low on shot ideas recently, but some stuff we got in the works might be either throwing it or kicking it over a pond, another long distance kick shot and some stuff at the Coliseum, at the top of the seats down into a basket.
WS: One of our long, long term goals I guess is to try to get into Conseco Field House, trying to get in there to do some shots. And then Lucas Oil Stadium also, and if we get in there, then Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Just kind of hitting up all the Indiana landmarks. For Lucas Oil, shooting from the top deck of the stadium down onto the field. For Indianapolis Motor Speedway, whatever that tower in the middle is called, shooting from the top of that. We’d probably get a lot of publicity and views from that.

Dime: My favorite shot was the one where one of you bounced the ball from the top of the stadium steps into the basket. How did you pull that one off? (Go to the :46 mark of this video)
PS: That was Brad, and that’s one of our favorite shots. Yeah that one, definitely some skill there, but lots of luck involved in that too with the wind, and getting six bounces, a lot of praying goes on between when you release it and when it goes in.

Dime: What’s the most difficult situation you’ve run into in terms of people kicking you off the court?
PS: We went to a park, and we were making our video, just shooting on one hoop, and this guy came. He just seemed to be a random person that came to play basketball, but he acted like he was the owner of the park and he said there’s no making videos allowed here. (laughs) Not even like, “I don’t want you hitting me with a basketball,” but it was, “No videos allowed here.” We decided to wait it out. He just shot around for a half hour and then left.

Dime: If you could involve any NBA player in a trick shot, who would it be and what would he do?
PS: If we could get someone like LeBron or Dwight Howard, they could probably throw it farther than anybody else. They could probably set that record, if they would do that with us. Maybe like Steve Nash, I know he has a soccer background. Maybe we could do something crazy like that with them.

Dime: Jack, I know you’re the cameraman. What goes into making the videos? Do you cut stuff out? Have you ever not filmed a shot by accident?
JS: We try to make our shots high quality. So all the ones we end up trying normally go into the video. I just cut the shots down, you know. There was one time where I didn’t get the shot, and they still don’t let me live that down.
PS: There were multiple times. He’s a great cameraman, but there were multiple times. We’ll have made the shot and it was out of frame, so it’s worthless, or realize the camera is not on, or not recording, or out of battery. It’s rather annoying. Now before we do it, we make sure the red light’s on, the camera’s charged, everything.

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