USF graduate breaks 3-point shooting world records

Justin Dargahi was once a USF IM star before recently becoming a world record holder. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/JUSTIN DARGAHI From the first time Justin Dargahi picked up a basketball, he’s had no trouble making shots.

By his recollection, he made nine of the first 10 shots he ever took, and he hasn’t stopped making them since.

“Since it was always so easy to me, I thought everyone was like that,” Dargahi said. “But right away, I figured out that I was a lot better than everyone else.”

It wasn’t long before Dargahi began to stand out for his natural gift for shooting hoops.

“Even when I would go to arcades and shoot on the (pop-a-shot), people would crowd around me to watch because I would break all the records,” Dargahi said. “It would get so high that it had to reset the score. But what I don’t like about that is that people think, ‘Oh he can only play the arcade games, he can’t really play.’ But I can do both.”

Dargahi, a USF graduate and local realtor for Future Home Realty, recently put his talent to the test when he attempted and broke two Guinness World Records for 3-point shooting.

The first record Dargahi, 35, broke happened on January 4, 2016 when he was searching for a way to put his unique abilities to use.

He said Guinness told him it would cost nearly $5,000 to send a representative out to witness and confirm his record, so he took an alternative option. Dargahi recruited his own rebounders, passers and a licensed referee to document his attempts.

Before long, Dargahi sank 26 NBA-range 3-pointers in a minute at Land O’ Lakes High School, breaking the previous record by one. He packaged the video along with the appropriate verification and waited three months before Guinness confirmed his world record.

With one world record to his name already, Dargahi began looking for the next record he wanted to take down.

That’s when he turned to former Florida Gator and current shooting coach Teddy Dupay.

Dupay, the all-time leading scorer in Florida high school basketball history, was coaching basketball at Cambridge Christian, Dargahi’s old high school.

Dargahi had his sights set on breaking the record for most 3-pointers made in a minute by a tandem, a record previously held by Harlem Globetrotters and Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki.Though Dargahi’s shot is a tad unconventional — think along the lines of a shot-put with a basketball — Dupay readily agreed to help him tackle the record.“The mechanics are really good, he’s got his elbow in, he’s the same every time,” Dupay said. “That’s what I look for, any time your shot is the same every time, you can be consistent. The other thing that people need to keep in mind is this isn’t your top of the key 3-pointer, this is an NBA 3-pointer, which is much, much farther. We’re talking four feet farther back, which is a lot.”Together, the two shooters were able to break the record of 22 3-pointers in what they […]