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Girard breaks record

Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls acknowledges the crowd after breaking the state career scoring record in Amsterdam last Tuesday.

Joe Girard III has been shattering state high school basketball records for a couple of years now, but there is an eighth grader downstate who is already taking aim at Girard's marks.

Eighth grader Dior Johnson of Saugerties High in Ulster County set a record for the youngest New York High School player to score 1,000 points when he hit the mark Tuesday night.

The Middletown Times Herald-Record has a writeup on the feat, which also raises questions about whether Johnson will stay in high school long enough to break Girard's state record, wherever his total may wind up. Prep schools and different basketball academies have shown interest in him, as he already has a Division I scholarship offer from the University of Buffalo.

Many have hypothesized that Girard would go the prep school route next season or maybe for a post-graduate year to raise his stock, but with so many offers already, how much better can his scholarship situation get?

In case you were wondering, there was a Florida player who scored his 1,000th point in sixth grade, (yes sixth grade!) a couple of years ago, to set the national record for youngest to 1,000 points.

-- Don Lehman

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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