Syracuse Class of 2019 commit Joe Girard III is picking up where he left off, putting up absurdly astronomical numbers for Glens Falls Basketball.
Girard is now leading the country with 46.3 PPG through his first four games.#BeDifferent
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) December 14, 2018
Girard’s team is 4-0. These are his point totals.
Vs. Broadalbin-Perth: 34
Vs. Gloversville: 41
Vs. Hudson Falls: 53
Vs. Johnstown: 57
His latest 57 caught fellow Orange commit Quincy Guerrier’s attention.
— Quincy Guerrier (@quincyguerrier) December 14, 2018
High school stats are hard to find all in one place, which makes it hard to compile individual leaders. Luckily, MaxPreps has the means to do just that. The big news here is not that Girard is still scoring big, but rather that nobody in the U.S. is scoring bigger.
There has always been some debate about what these numbers really mean. The tape doesn’t lie, and neither do his offers. Girard can play. But it’s very rare that a player of this caliber will play such low competition. Glen Falls is a Class B high school school, which means there are 270-499 students enrolled. That’s a small school in a pedestrian basketball area.
A lot of players in Girard’s situation will move to play better competition. But the ESPN four-star has been quite content to tearing up Section II Class B.
Last season, as a junior, Girard surpassed Lance Stephenson for all-time points in the state of New York (2,946). He averaged 50 points per game, earning him Gatorade New York State Player of the Year honors.
Even on the football field, Girard has shined. He quarterbacked Glen Falls to a state title in November.