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Jack Taylor, Grinnell embrace spotlight
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 21, 2012 @ 9:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Tommy Birch, USA TODAY Sports
GRINNELL, Iowa — As word spread throughout the Grinnell campus and around town of what Jack Taylor was doing Tuesday night, fans began filling into the team’s gymnasium on 10th Avenue.
A day after the Grinnell sophomore set an all-divisions NCAA record by scoring 138 points in a game, Taylor is still attracting attention, not just in town, but throughout the country, and even around the world.
“It kind of felt like I woke up in a different world, almost,” Taylor said. “Before the game, I was just a regular college basketball player. Now I’m getting tweets from NBA players and getting national and international coverage. It’s definitely crazy.”
Life may never be the same for the 5-foot-10, 170-pound guard from Black River Falls, Wis., who passed Clarence “Bevo” Francis’s mark of 113 points for Rio Grande College in 1954. Taylor, who entered Tuesday making just 11-of-41 from the field in his first two games, has been the talk of the athletic world for the past 24 hours.
“This was history,” said KGRN AM radio color commentator Craig Arendt, who helped call the game.
The historic night has generated talk throughout the country, filling airwaves, newspapers, and blogs with discussion about the Grinnell guard’s game.
Taylor, whose previous high was 48 points in a high school game, didn’t realize what was waiting for him.
During the 24 hours following his performance, he did interviews with SportsCenter, the Dan Patrick Show and appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today show.
Before the night was over, Taylor was trending on Twitter.
Since the game, Grinnell sports information director Ted Schultz has fielded countless calls from media outlets throughout the country. And a television station from Australia requested an interview, too.
“It’s been pretty much non-stop fielding requests,” Schultz said. “It’s really been an exciting time for the college and our program, I think. It’s been busy, but it’s been a fun type of busy.”
In the middle of it all is Taylor, soaking up each and every bit of his newfound fame. Taylor woke up at 5:30 a.m.Wednesday and found his phone full of text messages, tweets, and more than 200 … [For more on Jack Taylor, Grinnell embrace spotlight, click here.]
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