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What Happened to Jack Taylor, the College Basketball Player Who Scored 138 Points in a Game?

Numerous NCAA records may never be broken. One of those records is the number of points scored in a single game. That record belongs to Jack Taylor, who played college basketball at Wisconsin-La Crosse and Grinnell. Taylor scored 138 points in a game for Grinnell in 2012. That is the most points a player has ever scored in a single NCAA game.

Taylor became a notable person throughout the sports world after setting that record. 

Jack Taylor had an impressive high school career

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During Taylor’s high school career, he attended Black River Falls High School in Black River, Wisconsin. As a senior, Taylor averaged 20.4 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. Taylor was a WBCA Division 2 first-team All-State selection and an AP honorable mention All-State. He finished his career as the second-leading scorer in school history with 1,295 points. 

Multiple colleges showed interest in Taylor, including Division I Columbia, Division II Augustana, and Division III Grinnell. Taylor did not receive the Division I scholarship he was looking for, so he attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania after graduating from high school. 

During his time at Mercersburg, Taylor averaged 14 points and seven assists in nine games before he suffered a knee injury in January of 2010. He missed the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery. In April of 2010, Taylor decided to commit to the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse.

Jack Taylor became a star in college despite playing Division III basketball

Taylor did not play his freshman season as he was recovering from his knee injury. During the 2011-12 season, he averaged seven points coming off the bench. Taylor was not at UW La-Crosse for long as he transferred after his freshman season. He transferred to Grinnell, a school known for its high-scoring offense. 

As soon as he joined the basketball team at Grinnell, he immediately made an impact. In November of 2012, Taylor made history. Grinnell took on Faith Baptist Bible College, a member of the NCCAA, and Taylor had a performance he will always remember. He scored 138 points, which set the NCAA record for most points by an individual player in a game. Taylor shot 52-of-108 from the field during the game, 27-of-71 from 3-point range, and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. His performance quickly reached national attention, and pretty soon, everyone knew about Taylor.

His 2012-13 season was cut short due to an injury he suffered in his shooting arm. Taylor was averaging 36.3 points at the time of his injury. After missing the remainder of the season, Taylor returned for the 2013-14 season, determined to have a successful career. That season he had another game where he scored over 100 points. Taylor scored 109 points against Crossroads College, which is the third-highest point total in NCAA history. He finished his college career leading the nation in scoring his final two seasons at Grinnell.

What is Jack Taylor doing now?

After his college career, Taylor signed with the Scorers 1st Sportsmanagement agency and entered the 2015 NBA draft. He went undrafted, and in July of 2015, he was one of 60 players accepted to participate in the agency’s two-day showcase in Las Vegas. International scouts attended the showcase in hopes of signing players to play overseas. Taylor was not signed after attending the showcase, and in 2016, he stated that he did not want to play basketball anymore.

In 2018, Taylor became a videographer and founded his company Taylor Media in Black River Falls. According to the company’s LinkedIn page, it is a video production company that helps tell stories in a powerful way. Though Taylor may not be playing basketball anymore, he is still making an impact doing something he loves.