I went into this story convinced that the guys from Dude Perfect were nothing more than magicians ... and trick editors. And if you've seen video of their incredible shots, you probably thought the same thing -- there's no way it's real.
Cody Jones says it is. He's one of the five members from Dude Perfect. "A lot of people think it's trick shots and trick editing, but we are definitely the worst at editing stuff and so we don't have any capability of doing that," said Jones. "But every shot varies. We shot from a plane, and we made it from the second try. The Houston shot that we shot from the rafters took over 50 attempts to nail down, so it just depends." (You really need to watch the video of this story to appreciate how impossible some of these shots are.)
Jones played high school ball at Plano -- he was on the 2006 championship team. He explains the origin of Dude Perfect:
"We were five roommates at A&M, and we had a basketball goal that we bought from Academy, put it in the backyard. But the backyard was full of grass so you couldn't dribble. So we just started shooting these trick shots, and then someone got the idea, brought out a little Cannon mini-camera, filmed it, and we put it on YouTube so we could show our parents. And it got over 100,000 hits and we were on Good Morning America."
Since then they have teamed up with GMC and currently Southwest Airlines for different promotional drives. And if you have an iPhone, you can get the Dude Perfect app for 99 cents.
They've come a long way from their back yard.