AMSTERDAM — No one expected it to happen this quickly.
But averaging 50 points per game as a junior in high school alters expectations.
Tuesday night at Amsterdam High School, Joseph Girard III broke New York State’s all-time boys basketball scoring record of 2,946 points, previously held by Lance Stephenson. Girard needed 39 points to set the new mark and broke the record with a free throw late in the fourth quarter.
Girard finished with 44 points as Glens Falls posted a key 74-68 win over Amsterdam.
“I cannot thank my teammates and the Glens Falls community enough,” Girard said, “for supporting me and supporting my teammates. We wouldn’t be able to do all this without them.”
Girard’s path to the top of the state’s scoring list began in eighth grade when he started playing varsity basketball. That year, before he was even a high school student, Girard averaged 21.7 points per game.
Since then, he has averaged 33.8 points per game in ninth grade and 36.4 points per game as a sophomore and has made more than 400 career 3-pointers.
Now averaging close to 50 points per game, Girard will almost certainly become the first boys basketball player in state history to surpass 3,000 points.
He has 17 NCAA Division I offers, the most recent coming on Saturday from the University of Michigan. The number of offers is likely to grow. Stanford, USC, Syracuse, Louisville, Duke and several other schools continue to be in contact with him.
Also a talented football player, Girard has offers to play quarterback in college from both Tulane University and the University of Massachusetts.
Girard hopes to have his recruitment wrapped up before the start of his senior year.