Jordan McRae scores Rocky Top League-record 64 points

Former Central High standout Dre Mathieu at Pilot Rocky Top League

In the chase for Pilot Rocky Top League scoring honors, Tennessee's Jordan McRae led former Vol Bobby Maze by 1.5 points entering the final day of regular league play.

McRae boasted 33.8 points per game. Maze sat at 32.3.

Apparently McRae wanted to repeat as PRTL's top scorer.

The Vols junior guard pumped in 27 of 36 shots Thursday night at Bearden High School, including 8 of 13 3-pointers, and set the league scoring record with a 64-point outing.

McRae's performance propelled Choice Spine (4-1) to 129-94 victory against Campus Lights (0-5) and a spot in Monday's PRTL title game.

Choice Spine faces R. Larry Smith Insurance (4-1) at 7 p.m. at Bearden.

News Sentinel (2-3) will square off with DeRoyal Industries (3-2) in the consolation game.

DeRoyal secured its spot in the title game behind a 29-point effort by Maze in a 121-119 victory against News Sentinel.

In the night's other action, Galen Campbell, a UT walk-on last season, led Rice Buick GMC (2-3) to a 123-107 victory against DeRoyal.

McRae's 64-point outburst overshadowed a 35-point performance by UT freshman Derek Reese in a losing effort for Campus Lights (0-5).

The previous single-game scoring record in the Rocky Top League's six-year history was 61 from Carson-Newman's Scott Williams in 2007.

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eb502us#225637 writes:

Just wish McRae's game would translate on a college court. I still think he's in over his head at the SEC level unless he's majorly improved. Time will tell.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Build your confidence young man.

MothershipChip writes:

So is Galen Campbell no longer a member of the basketball team?

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

The morning after the NBA Draft and the big story is some kid hung 64 against no defense in a pick-up league.

There's the state of ut basketball.

volfan2002 writes:

McRae hit 27 of 36 shots. If he could just hit 18 of 36 in NCAA play he would be a star. I guess when you guard somebody everything changes.

VOLinATL writes:

I see they are playing tough D as usual in this league....NOT!!!

VictorKruger writes:

in response to MothershipChip:

So is Galen Campbell no longer a member of the basketball team?

Yes. In March the team was reduced to 15 players, including 2 walk-ons. The 2 walk-ons left are Rob Murphy and Brandon Lopez.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/a...

GerryOP writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

The morning after the NBA Draft and the big story is some kid hung 64 against no defense in a pick-up league.

There's the state of ut basketball.

The entire UK team getting drafted by the NBA happens every year ... old news. This is the 1st time McRae hit 64 ... new news! A bit cranky this morning are you?

lomas98 writes:

I wonder if he screamed after each basket?

Orangeblood13 writes:

64 pts in any game is a good thing

you trolls cant even score that on X-Box

NIce work McRae

John_10065 writes:

UK fans, proving once again that the biggest problem with Kentucky is their supporters!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Yesterday JM scores 64 points and that day marked 64 days until kickoff of the football season..Great job Jordan and I can't wait for FB..HBTV!!

Orangeblood13 writes:

aman John

underthehill writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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I can see where tucky fans would really benefit from and take pride in a college team running a pro prep program..and not getting caught doing anything yet..quite an accomplishment...as for me..I like Martin's way and I think UT may have a bit more talent this year than most think..

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

And Vandy lands Jenkins and Ezeli in the NBA first round draft last night with Taylor being the first pick in the second round. A little better than the Rocky Top League

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And Vandy lands Jenkins and Ezeli in the NBA first round draft last night with Taylor being the first pick in the second round. A little better than the Rocky Top League

You'd think they could beat UT with such an advantage..

PaulMorrow writes:

64 POINTS!?!?!?!?! DANG, THAT'S ALOT OF POINTS!!!! I hope Jordan McRae can do that during the Regular Season and the NCAA Tournament so we can take the SEC and the NCAA Championships=)!!!! And with Bobby Maze, I remember him. He wore #3.

PaulMorrow writes:

I've only been a Rocky Top Man's and Women's Basketball Fan for the past 5 Seasons (since the 2007-2008 Basketball Season) and I wanna know just what do they do in the Rocky Top Summer League? Do they just play basketball, prepare for the upcoming season, what do they do?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

Just wish McRae's game would translate on a college court. I still think he's in over his head at the SEC level unless he's majorly improved. Time will tell.

If he is has just gotten to the point where he can make a routine open jumper regularly, that would be a big improvement over what he has done for the Vols so far. If he can do that in the RTL, he can do it in the SEC. If you are a real shooter, it doesn't matter who is on the court with you--open is open. I agree that it is harder to GET open in the SEC, and Jordan's favorite whoop-de-do swoops to the hoop are probably a good deal more effective in the RTL than they have been in the SEC.

However, with the front-court strength the Vols will have next year, Jordan should get plenty of open looks. He MUST be able to make teams pay for laying off him and doubling down on the posts. He might need to be a little more conscious of where the open spots are on the court in given situations, be smarter about getting there, and be ready to commit to the shot when he catches it there. If he is learning all that, he could be a big surprise in the league this year.

johnlg00 writes:

Sorry for the extra "is" in the first sentence. Fingers going faster than the brain; seems to happen a lot these days.

walt23tn writes:

in response to John_10065:

UK fans, proving once again that the biggest problem with Kentucky is their supporters!

AMEN brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to volfan2002:

McRae hit 27 of 36 shots. If he could just hit 18 of 36 in NCAA play he would be a star. I guess when you guard somebody everything changes.

Most folks can't shoot 75% on an empty court.

murrayvol writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Kentucky no longer plays college basketball. They are a minor league franchise for the NBA.

Hell will freeze over before another player (other than a walkon) sticks around to hear "My Old Kentucky Home" on senior night.

Enjoy!

Sparky7377 writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

The morning after the NBA Draft and the big story is some kid hung 64 against no defense in a pick-up league.

There's the state of ut basketball.

LOT of Haters !! we did better in SEC play last yr then the yr before. STOP the HATE

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Sorry for the extra "is" in the first sentence. Fingers going faster than the brain; seems to happen a lot these days.

If that's the worst that happens today, you're in great shape.

GerryOP writes:

And another group of diaper dandies arrive in Lex to start their "Spend-an-All-Expense-Paid-Year-in-Lexington-On-Your-Way-to-the-NBA" program. Class attendance is optional but encouraged unless it interferes with your ball time.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

The morning after the NBA Draft and the big story is some kid hung 64 against no defense in a pick-up league.

There's the state of ut basketball.

A draft is just that....a draft. Lots of top picks have been busts.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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I don't understand the NIT comment. Tennessee up until this year had the longest streak of NCAA tourney appearances in the SEC. Yes powerful Kentucky didn't make the field just a couple years back.

Bigger_Al writes:

I'm glad Jordan got with the program under Cuonzo. I was afraid last January that he wasn't gonna make it, which would have been disappointing because he is a talented scorer. But he's bought in, fought back, they say he's in the weight room, and he should be a more complete player next season.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

I don't understand the NIT comment. Tennessee up until this year had the longest streak of NCAA tourney appearances in the SEC. Yes powerful Kentucky didn't make the field just a couple years back.

As long as we have trolls spewing their idiocy around, we know they are worried about us. Seriously, let's say you are enough of a mean-spirited moron with too much time on his hands to make you want to get on someone else's sports sight and spew venom. Would you go to, for example, a Vandy/Kentucky football site, or a Florida/Georgia basketball site, and spend your lifetime trying to dampen the spirits of fans that your team beats 90+% of the time? No, you'd be like the yippy dog barking from the porch, and heave insults at a larger rival from behind the curtain of internet anonymity, knowing that is the best you can ever do to attempt to disturb them.

The trolls actually complement UT when they spend their lives on our site.

KikknT writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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O.U.C.H.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

If that's the worst that happens today, you're in great shape.

Ain't that the truth! Life is actually pretty good these days as long as the AC keeps working. We hit 102 yesterday here in Greensboro and may hit 104 with higher humidity today. We are supposed to go to Jackson next weekend for our annual family reunion/pig roast. Sure hope the heat breaks to some extent before then. I will probably survive in any case but I am concerned about how my 88-year-old mother will deal with it.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

As long as we have trolls spewing their idiocy around, we know they are worried about us. Seriously, let's say you are enough of a mean-spirited moron with too much time on his hands to make you want to get on someone else's sports sight and spew venom. Would you go to, for example, a Vandy/Kentucky football site, or a Florida/Georgia basketball site, and spend your lifetime trying to dampen the spirits of fans that your team beats 90+% of the time? No, you'd be like the yippy dog barking from the porch, and heave insults at a larger rival from behind the curtain of internet anonymity, knowing that is the best you can ever do to attempt to disturb them.

The trolls actually complement UT when they spend their lives on our site.

Well said. I'm thankful every day that I can find things more interesting to do than hang out on a rival's website, spewing garbage and showing my butt. So, so sad.

FanNotSheep writes:

When Kentucky fans start harassing you it means you've got enough potential to worry them. This season will tell us a great deal about Martin. Has he been able to instill toughness into this team? Will they benefit from the offseason training regimen and strength program?

Before you blast McRae's performance for lack of opposing defensive effort, go outside and launch 18 shots from 3-point range against air. If you hit 13 of them, hop on and tell me about it. The guy has talent, and maybe he is ready to show more than the Pilot Rocky Top audience.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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So what? As several have pointed out, most people, even most college basketball players, couldn't make 13 of 18 3-pointers in an empty gym. If McRae has developed the stroke and the confidence to do that on a more or less regular basis, the other team will at least have to come out to guard him all over the court, which will give him room to drive on them and prevent his man from double-teaming in the post or just clogging the middle. But, hey, any excuse to bash a Vol, right?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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This from a guy who can't spell!! What does "gaurding" mean? Maybe you can spell and I just don't know what it is!! Yeh I realize that spell-checking other posters is stupid but also it's stupid to post(at all) on opposing team's sites. I'm NOT calling YOU stupid! I'm just saying that particular action probably is.

Down with all blue teams!!!(ok not blue and gold UTC) How about just DOWN with blue cats!! Euthanasia has it's benefits if the cat is a blue one.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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1. Who cares if you're worried?
2. who cares if you're "pleasured"?
3.Who wants to be eightletters?!!???? no one in case you didn't know.
4. who cares?
5.who would want to be a Kentucky fan outside the UK grads? NO ONE
6. who cares about anything you post. NO ONE
7. Who cares that Kentucky has 5* players??? ok you got me there. But only bedamcause I feel sorry for the players who have to answer someday to NCAA!!

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