To Shane Battier, Jack Taylor is the Teen Wolf.
Taylor is the guard for Division III Grinnell College (Iowa) who set the NCAA record for points in a game on Tuesday with 138. On Wednesday, Taylor’s epic game was the topic of conversation after the Heat’s morning shootaround and then again during the team’s pregame open locker room period.
“The closest thing I can equate that to is when the Teen Wolf came back as the wolf and made all those shots,” Battier said.
Taylor attempted 108 shots, including 71 from behind the three-point arc in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday.
He made 52 field goals, including 27 three-pointers. For Battier, the best part of the story was that Taylor partly credited his record-setting effort to going to Bible study for the first time before the game.
“You know where I’m going?” Battier said before the Heat’s game against the Bucks. “I’m going to chapel.”
All NBA arenas have chapels.
Battier said if he were a coach, “the Grinnell way would be the only way I would do it.” Grinnell coach David Arseneault’s nontraditional offense calls for his team to shoot 93 three-pointers a game.
“At a school like Florida Atlantic or Florida International, it would work,” Battier said.
Battier sat next to Mike Miller, Norris Cole and James Jones in the Heat’s locker room before the game, and the four perimeter players had fun talking about Taylor’s big night.
“He got up 108 shots,” Miller said. “Think about that. That’s 108 jacks. What?! I’m not even going to take 71 three-pointers all season.”
Miller said if he could shoot 100 shots in a game, he’d score 300 points.
“You could just go straight to the Hall of Fame then,” Cole said. “Take your uniform and socks and shoes right off and just send them to the Hall of Fame.”
Miller joked that he was going to get Taylor to endorse his new energy drink, Let It Fly Energy.
At shootaround, LeBron James said he would score 250 points if given the chance to take 108 shots in a game.
“The way I’m shooting the ball right now,” James said.
James said called Taylor’s points total “unbelievable” and said he wanted to watch the game tape.
“I watched Kobe’s game when he had 81,” James said. “I’ve watched some of the greatest games ever played when guys scored big numbers. There are two games I would love to see, one is Wilt when he had 100, and this kid, I want to see him too. Sir Jack, at 138.”
There’s no recorded footage of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. As for Sir Jack’s 138, it’s already on the Internet. Dwyane Wade joked that he was going to shoot for Taylor’s record against the Bucks.
“I told James I was going to give it a go so he could just chill a little bit,” Wade said.
The Bucks entered Wednesday’s game leading the league in fast-break points with 18.56 per game and had 10 in the first half. Milwaukee went 2-1 against the Heat last season but should be even better this year with guard Monta Ellis joining Brandon Jennings in the backcourt.
“It’s a challenge not only for us but for every team in the league when you face these guys,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can sometimes appear you’re playing defense on rollerskates.”