When Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes heard about Division III Grinnell College point guard Jack Taylor scoring an NCAA-record 138 points in the Pioneers’ 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible Tuesday night, Rathan-Mayes had a typical reaction.
“Shocked,” Rathan-Mayes said. “It takes an unconscious player to take 108 shots. That definitely got my respect.”
It also got his and other elite high school players’ minds racing; wondering what they would drop given the opportunity to take 108 shots in a game.
We caught up with a handful of elite scorers and had them chime in, and yes, all agreed that their point total would be north of 138.
Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), 2013
Give me 108 shots and I’d have: “Definitely 200-plus because I shoot a high percentage and get fouled a lot. I’d get a lot of points from the foul line too.”
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.), 2013
College: Signed with Florida State
Give me 108 shots and I’d have: “Probably 160 or somewhere around there. Just depends on how hot I am.”
Matt Jones, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), 2013
College: Signed with Duke
Give me 108 shots and I’d have: “Definitely 200 points. No lie because most of my shots would be threes. I think I’m pretty good at taking threes!”
Kameron Chatman, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), 2014
Give me 108 shots and I’d have: “About 140 or so. I don’t know, it’s hard to imagine taking 108 shots in a game.”
Brannen Greene, Tift County (Tifton, Ga.), 2013
College: Signed with Kansas
Give me 108 shots and I’d have: “About 180! Obviously I’d be super hot if I had the nerve to take that many shots.”
Damon Harge, Christian Faith Center Academy (Creedmoor, N.C.) 2018
Give me 108 shots and I’d have: “I’d say about 175 points because the defense would probably start tripling me after a while.”
Devin Booker, Moss Point (Moss Point, Miss.), 2014
Give me 108 shots and I'd have: "About 180. We were talking about this earlier at practice, but I'd get hot taking that many shots and once I get hot I don't miss. Most of them would be threes and I would probably had more free throws than him."
Isaiah Lewis, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 2013
Give me 108 shots and I'd have: "Probably 175. That dude (Taylor) is a 'bucket-getter,' but I'd definitely have more with those shots."
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