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Winona basketball star recounts media blitz after full-court throws

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WINONA, Minn. (KMSP) -

It's been a wild week for 13-year-old Easton Gamoke, an 8th grade student from Winona whose amazing athletic feat went viral and brought him all the way to New York City for a media blitz.

Gamoke met with Fox 9 News while recovering from his newfound fame.

"I got phone calls from people I do know and people I never heard of before," he said.

What all began with a game-winning buzzer beater during a YMCA middle school tournament game last Sunday got an even bigger boost when he hit another full-court shot the very next day on his first try while the Fox 9 News cameras were rolling.

Easton's improbable story made national headlines and saw more than a million hits on YouTube. His face, his name, and his back-to-back shots played on nearly every news network and sports highlight show in America. To cap off the week, CNN flew the Gamokes out to New York so he could be a guest on their morning show.

"It was really nerve-wracking at first."

From free meals to flattering offers, Gamoke has certainly had his 15 minutes of fame -- but back in Winona, his older sister, Megan, is trying to keep his ego in check.

"I say, 'It wasn't even that cool,'" she explained, "but he stays pretty humble. He's not too cocky about it."

Easton Gamoke's little brother, Dayne, is still in awe, though -- and perhaps a little jealous.

"I wish I could have that," he said.

Of course, Fox 9 News asked Easton Gamoke if he could beat the odds for a third time. This time, it wasn't meant to be.

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