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Grinnell’s Jack Taylor is the best shooter in the country, apparently

Nov 20, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

MBB-8046-TAYLOR had a chance to talk with Taylor after his historic 138-point game. Click here to read the interview.

Forget Rotnei Clarke.

Take your Doug McDermott and go home.

Jordy Hulls? What is a Jordy Hulls?

The best shooter in the country is Jack Taylor, a sophomore guard at Grinnell, a D-III school in Iowa. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it, because Taylor set an NCAA record on Tuesday night by scoring 138 points.

That’s not a typo.

He really scored 138 points.

You can watch the game. Right here. Taylor was 52-108 from the floor and 27-71 from three as Grinnell beat Faith Baptist Bible, 179-104. Think about that. He took more shots, individually, than you see taken by both teams combined in a lot of games. He took more threes, individually, than total shots most teams take in games.

I hope he iced down that wrist after the game.

To be fair, Taylor plays for Grinnell, which runs a variant of the offense that Paul Westhead ran at LMU in the early 90’s, except it’s faster. They want to shoot as quickly as possible, they press full-court the entire game, and they make complete line changes every minute or so. Most importantly, if they’re not shooting a three or a layup, they ain’t shooting it.

It’s a system that produces some crazy box scores. One year and one day ago, a Grinnell player set the D-III record for points at 89.

Regardless of the situation, however, 138 points in a game is just an absurdly high number. That’s more than some good players get in a season.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. ddwhft - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    It may be your story Rob, but last I looked Grinnell was in Iowa…and I’m sticking to it

  2. Eric Angevine - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    He said the 138 points wasn’t a typo. He didn’t vouch for anything else.

  3. fordwv - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Who held the old record and what school/place was he/she from?

    • tuberippin - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:32 AM

      Bevo Francis of Rio Grande held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.

  4. florida727 - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    So Rob, what you’re saying is, I’m only 136 behind him in scoring. I scored 2 in college! (Man, if they’d have given me the ball more…)

    True story: I played in a pretty competitive industrial league in Atlanta many years ago. We averaged 114 per game. It was the same year Loyola – Marymount averaged 108 (we kicked their @$$). We had a rule on our team: if you had an uncontested fast-break layup and didn’t pull up and shoot a “3”, you bought a round for everyone after the game. If you didn’t make a “3” during the game, you bought a round after the game. Every team in the league had their highest scoring game against us, too :) We had one guy, a small college All-American. First day we got together, he told us he doesn’t go inside the 3-point line. Then just to clarify, he said, “Actually, I don’t go inside EITHER 3-point line.” No defense, just shoot. Most fun I’ve ever had playing ball. Man, does this bring back some great memories.

    Thanks for the game link too, Rob. I’m going to watch it this afternoon.

  5. heylega1 - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Best shooter in country? Perhaps biggest ball hog. Less than 50% FG and less than 40% 3- pt FG percentage makes him terribly average at best.

    • dexterismyhero - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Really lega1? So you are the guy that never got picked on the playground right?

  6. falstaffsmind - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    That’s my bowling score.

  7. beastmod3 - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Best shooter in the country… What?! What’s a Jordy (Jordan) Hulls? I’m almost speechless at the nonsense I just read. Maybe the questions posed in this article were meant to be rhetorical – implying that we all know the answer. However, to call someone the best shooter in the country based on that performance, or any other that this player has ever had in his career is a bit of a reach.
    38% from the three-point line is respectable. A good player would be considered average to shoot at that mark.
    What is a Jordan Hulls? The leader/captain of the top ranked team in the country… Oh! He routinely shoots over 50% from the three-point line against the best collegiate guards in the nation. And he isn’t even the best shooter I’ve ever seen. I coached two kids Spike Albrecht (Michigan) and Austin Richie (Western Michigan) that I would put up against nearly anybody. Richie may in fact be the best shooter in the country.
    Either way, get your mind right before you throw out unsubstantiated claims. All the respect to Jack and all he has accomplished to this point in his career. Keep putting in the extra work, and shoot whenever there is daylight… that’s how that system works.

  8. id4joey - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Ball hog! Really! Dude, when someone is that hot you sit back and enjoy the show be it from the bench, opposition, time keeper, ref, fans…. C’mon!

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