“PLayer of the Century”

“The Player of the Century”


            The Division 3 guard at Grinnell College broke all records last year on  November 20th, 2012 scoring 138 Points in a game, the only other person to do this such thing in collegiate sports was, “Bevo Francis of Rio Grande held the NCAA scoring record against Hillsdale in 1954. ”(ESPN news). Jack was amazing playing in three games, the ESPN went to research, and they then discovered what actually happened.

By the end of the night, Taylor was 52-for-108 (27-for-71 from the 3-point line) and he’d then established the new collegiate record. He was 77% from the field, and shot every 20 seconds. The Players just gave Jack the ball every time down the court, being unselfish and wanting him to break the record.

After the astounding accomplishment, “Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant also was astounded by the 108 shots. “Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol…wow,” Durant tweeted.”(ESPN news).

The thing you don’t know though is that during the three games he made 138, 109, and 71 points. They were Playing NCCAA. Those are schools smaller than NAIA; they have enrolled 300 students in Their College.

“On Wednesday night, a year to the day later, Grinnell played Wartburg, a good Division III program in Waverly, IO. Taylor finished the night … with three points. He was 0-for-5 from the floor, 0-for-3 from three and 3-of-6 from the line.”(NBC sports).

The system at Grinnell College relies heavily on three-point shooting, full-court pressure and a very fast pace offense. From the opening tip to the final buzzer, everyone on the Pioneers is running at full speed. It’s basically, ‘Havoc Defense’ multiplied by the run-and-gun offense.

On defense, the Pioneers double-team the player with the ball at all times and aren’t afraid to give up a ton of uncontested layups in exchange for the number of turnovers that they turn into three-point buckets. To survive 40 minutes of constant running, players rotate in and out in intervals of less than 90 seconds.

The Level of the game is like playing at a local rec center. The games pace is very fast, uncontrollable, and turnover upon turnover. There is no structure to the pioneers offense or defense. They just want to score, make headlines, and become famous in some type of ways.

Even though he did play schools that weren’t up to the level of play as Grinnell. He still put up 138 points in 108 shots with just under 50% shooting. That is still a crazy amount of scoring with a ridiculous amount of shots being put up.

What is your opinion on this outcome?

Ryan Roth


NBC News


3 thoughts on ““PLayer of the Century”

  1. Those point amounts are absolutely insane. Sounds like a fun way to play the game. I am a little confused on what you are saying about the different divisions and team skill levels but is he just that good or is he only scoring that much because of the teams he is playing?

    • So the division he is in is NCAA division 3 and the teams he is playing are NCCAA, they are smaller than Most high schools. He is soring because the teams they play are absolutely atrocious. They don’t Play defense, Cornell just lets them score then run a fast break 3-point shot every time.

  2. This is a very touchy topic to speak on for me. I understand that this guy was putting up big numbers but this is also in Division III. I think if this guy were to go to the NBA people would destroy him. Just because you can score over 100 points in college does not mean you can make it in the big time.


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