His famous senior brother plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves but Wayland Baptist University’s J.J. Culver has just served notice on Tuesday he is one to watch for the future regarding the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Culver scored 100 points in a 124-60 victory over Southwestern Adventist University in Plainview, Texas. According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Culver made 34 of 62 field goal attempts, including 12 of 33 from 3-point range while sinking 20 of 27 free throws.
First I have to thanks God. Second I couldn’t have done this without my coaches and teammates. Definitely a dream come true. I put in a lot of work for this. I love playing basketball and thanks everyone for the support pic.twitter.com/3Wy2fjljeG— JJ Culver (@jj10culver) December 11, 2019
Culver, a 6-foot-5 senior guard is only the fourth ever player to score 100 in a single game.
Culver’s coach, Ty Harrelson told ESPN: “The guys realized he was hot and kept going to him. We figured as long as he’s taking good shots and shots out of our philosophy that he had a chance to do something special tonight.”
J.J’s brother Jarrett Culver on Twitter wrote “Somebody tell me I’m not dreaming.”
Jarrett himself is no mean achiever and had guided Texas Tech to the NCAA national title game last season. He now plays for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sitting at 98 points, here’s JJ scoring to make it 100! Look at the reaction from the crowd and his brother Trey! pic.twitter.com/oCP3ACGel8— Pete Christy (@pchristy11) December 11, 2019
Despite J.J. Culver’s feat, by virtue of Wayland Baptist being in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), he couldn’t equal the organization’s record of 113 points set by Clarence “Bevo” Francis of Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1954. He however is the second NAIA player to ever score 100 or more.
There is also Frank Selvy of Furman who holds the NCAA Division I record with 100, also set in 1954. Then there is Jack Taylor of Grinnell College; a NCAA Division III player who scored 138 points in 2012. And, of course, Wilt Chamberlain remains the only NBA player to score 100 in a game, which he accomplished in 1962.