I still can’t believe there are basketball analysts and “experts” out there who are up-in-arms about the college kid, Jack Taylor, scoring 138 points in his college game.
Is it deplorable that he took 108 shots while no one else shot more than 6? YES.
Was his 52-108 shooting percentage (27-71 from 3) actually horrible? ABSOLUTELY.
Should the defending team be embarrassed to show their faces? AFFIRMATIVE.
Was his excuse of “I shot horribly in the last tournament so my team wanted to build my confidence this game” explanation full of shit? SURE.
However, we shouldn’t let the numbers distract us from the obvious.
1. It was a setup. I don’t care if he was the coaches son, there’s no coach alive that is going to allow one of his players to chuck over 100 shots in a game. Jack Taylor aspired to set the NCAA scoring record and his team + coach went along with it.
2. Opposing team was in on it, too. There’s no way in hell a coach doesn’t make an adjustment on a kid who is shooting that much. Watch the highlights- they let him shoot! I have no idea why they would agree to let this kid set a scoring record on them (have they no pride…shame???) but they did.
3. He talked everyone into it. Who else can say they talked their coaches, teammates AND the opposing team into letting him try to set the NCAA scoring record? If nothing else, this kid is a gifted salesman.
4. This is it for Jack. He and I have equal chances of getting drafted into the NBA. He and I probably have equal chances in playing men’s semi pro ball overseas. This record is his “story” to tell his future grandkids.
5. He dropped 138. Beyond the circumstances of this obviously being a conspiracy, he dropped big numbers. Shooting that much while running up and down the court is tiring but he pulled it off.
We all know that he is no where near as talented as Wilt Chamberlain and WC holds the true scoring title. I would never disrespect Chamberlain (like Lebron did) by comparing this kid to the greatness that is “Wilt”. Wilt dropped his numbers because the defense just didn’t have an answer for him. He was a REAL ball player.
All that said, I’m happy for Jack. He achieved a milestone that many players could only dream of. Even though it was a conspired 138, he still set the record and now he has a story to tell about the day he dropped 138 points in a college game. Although I have a feeling that each time he tells it, some new explanation involving some supernatural phenomena [seeing a white light when he was shooting, seeing GOD at the free throw line or being hoist by the ghost of a deceased relative/friend] I’m not mad at it.
I got your back, Jack!