Biggest Takeaways from D-III Baller, Jack Taylor's 138-Point Legendary Game
Jack Taylor, a 5'10'' sophomore from Grinnell College, just became the most famous man on the Internet.
His 138-point NCAA record has the world tweeting, posting and laughing at this unimaginable feat.
So why is this kid playing Division III ball again? He was averaging 23.5 points in 13.5 minutes prior to the outburst, a ridiculous scoring rate to begin with.
But the most fascinating part of the story isn't necessarily the record, but the school's history. It's the third time a Grinnell College basketball player has set a scoring record since coach David Arseneault took over in 1989, a rather bizarre coincidence.
In 1998, Sports Illustrated did a feature on Jeff Clement, a guard from Grinnell College who set a single-game Division III scoring record with 77 points. In 2011, ESPN featured Griffin Lentsch, a Grinnell College guard who broke Clement's record with an 89-point performance.
And today, the lead topic of conversation is Jack Taylor, who made 52-of-108 field-goal attempts in 36 minutes on Tuesday night.
So what does this say about coach David Arseneault and the Grinnell College basketball program? Well, not much if we're talking about ball movement and teamwork.
Deadspin has reportedly spoke with a former Grinnell College player who said that the system was built to set records and sacrifice points. That can explain why a player on the opposing team Tuesday night (Faith Baptist Bible College), scored 70 points in the same game.
Here's video from last night's circus:
Taylor took 71 three-pointers and nailed 27 of them (38 percent, a pretty good number). We can rip the coaching staff and the game plan all we want, but the kid can obviously shoot it. Whether or not that impresses you depends on your morals and standards.
You can take the story two ways.
The first is to hate everything about it. To hate the idea that the coach has a specific system that blatantly ignores the integrity of the game. To hate that one individual is taking 108 shots in a game. To hate that a team is willingly giving up points in order to better situate their offensive star.
The other is to laugh. To laugh at the fact that some irrelevant, Division III basketball player scored 138 points in a meaningless game. To laugh at how implausible it sounds.
And to laugh that I just updated my Bleacher Report profile to say that Wilt's 100 will be the toughest record to break.
But if there's one important item to take away from Jack Taylor's 138-point gem, it's to never under-estimate the effectiveness of a good double-team.
I'm not sure Faith Baptist Bible College got that memo.
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