"It feels good. You’re not going to get too giddy," he said, a book entitled "Wisdom" by UCLA coaching legend John Wooden sitting on his desk.
Last spring, Trapani spent about an hour each day sitting with Wooden during his final days. Even in the middle of final exams, the kid would bring his homework to the hospital and sit with Coach.
"Even though he couldn't talk to me or know I would be there, I would usually say to him, 'I love you, Poppa," Trapani recalled.
This was more than a shot, it was the celebration of a connection that will live forever. The players knew this was cool but didn't realize the full impact of the shot until Howland began crying in the locker room, then later cried when meeting with members of Wooden's family.
"I don’t really know too much about John Wooden, but he still had an influence on my decision to come here," said UCLA freshman Tyler Lamb. "That’s how much of an impact he has on UCLA basketball. He set the standard for a lot of history and tradition here and it’s an honor to wear the jersey that he made famous."