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July 30, 2013

Byrd and Co. back for 'skill shots'

One just wasn't enough.

At least that's what D.J. Byrd thinks when it comes to "skill shots" videos with former Purdue teammates Ryne Smith and Dru Anthrop.

With 92,000-plus hits on YouTube for "Volume 1" last summer, that's probably a safe bet.

So the trio is back again with the second installment in what likely will be a four-part series, the next of which will be a "campus edition" that's already been shot.

The most recent video was posted on YouTube at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday and tweeted out by its participants.

The group is up to more of the same in video No. 2, heading back to Cardinal and Keady Courts inside Mackey Arena to attempt - and stick - tough shots.

"People were asking us if we were going to do another one. The first one kind of took off and we didn't even really mean for it to," Byrd said Tuesday afternoon, a couple hours before the video was posted. "So we made this one, went back and tried to do different shots than the ones in the first video and took more time with editing. We got a lot of footage from a lot of different things."

Byrd is taking a pre-emptive strike on any doubters this time around. After posting the first video, some viewers questioned the authenticity of particular shots. Byrd joked he hardly had the talent to put the video together, let alone try to fake it.

He admits some of the shots in the second video were "pretty difficult, and it's a miracle we made them."

But they were made, eventually.

Some of the highlights include Byrd sinking one from the opposite free-throw line, Anthrop knocking one in after clanking it off a beam and Smith hitting from pretty much every conceivable angle off the "balcony" at Cardinal.

The new video has a special ending, too, with a blooper reel.

For the "campus edition," the guys strapped a hoop to the back of a truck and literally took it around campus to make some crazy shots with Purdue landmarks in the frame. Byrd says to stay tuned for that.

For now, though, he hopes the latest version will be something Boilermakers - and basketball fans - enjoy.

"It depends how many people watched the first one and waited to see the second one," Byrd said on what this video can gain in YouTube hits. "Hopefully, it'll do around the same."

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