Jack Taylor. Remember that name. There are plenty of NBA players who will.
Taylor set an NCAA record Tuesday night, scoring 138 points for Grinnell College, a small Division III school in Grinnell, Iowa, in a 179-104 rout of Faith Baptist Bible. Taylor smashed the old record of 113 points set back in 1954 by shooting 52 of 108 from the field. Considering he only played 36 minutes, that’s a shot every 20 seconds.
“I felt pretty confident tonight,” an understated Taylor told ESPN after the game. Most of my shots were off the dribble in isolation from the perimeter and that’s kind of my game, working off the dribble. I felt pretty confident when I got the ball tonight. That’s for sure.”
Needless to say, his performance caught the attention of just about everyone, including NBA stars.
“I watched Kobe’s game when he had 81,” LeBron James said via ESPN.com. “I watched some of the greatest games ever played when guys scored big numbers. There’s two games that I would love to see: One was Wilt, when he had 100, and this kid, I want to see him, too. Sir Jack.”
Kobe Bryant, who has been in the zone himself plenty of times before, was also amazed.
“Wow. That’s impressive. That’s crazy. I don’t care what level you’re at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane,” Bryant said.
Carmelo Anthony, who sometimes is criticized for shooting too much, was impressed by the feat as well, saying that next time someone questions him about shooting too often, he’ll mention “that someone shot it 108 times.”
“”I never heard of nothing like that. That’s like a video game,” Anthony added. “How can you shoot 100 times, though?”
Anthony’s teammate on the New York Knicks, Raymond Felton shared his sentiment, joking “His elbow has got to be sore.”
When hearing the news, Kevin Durant went to Twitter to comment.
“Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol…wow,” Durant tweeted.
Whatever he does to celebrate, he and everyone else will certainly remember his epic game. Check out some of the highlights in this video, courtesy of ScoutsFocus.com.