New York has produced some legendary high school basketball players over the years. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Stephon Marbury, Christian Laettner, Lance Stephonson, Sebastian Telfair, and BYU’s own Jimmer Fredette are just a few of the players that played high school ball in New York.
Joseph Girard III, however, is on pace to outscore all of them and become New York’s all-time leading high school scorer. And he could follow another Glen Falls legend to Provo.
The Glens Falls, New York product received a scholarship offer yesterday to play basketball at BYU.
The 2019 prospect hails from the same high school as Jimmer Fredette, and has drawn comparisons with his scoring and 3-point prowess. As a sophomore this past season, Girard averaged a ridiculous 36.4 points per game. In his 3-year career (he played varsity basketball in 8th grade), Girard has put up 2,157 points. Lance Stephenson holds the record with 2,946 points.
As a freshman, Girard once put up 52 points in a game; Jimmer’s highest scoring high school game was when he put up 46 points his senior year.
The scholarship offers have been pouring in as of late, with Washington and St. John’s also offering scholarships in the past few days. He has also received offers from Penn State, George Washington, Marist, High Point, Albany, Siena, Tulane and Vermont.
What are BYU’s chances with Girard? With about a year until Girard plans to commit to a school, BYU looks to be amongst the leaders. Girard has a great relationship with Jimmer and the Fredette family, and even had a private workout with Jimmer last August in Glen Falls.
ESPN960 interviewed Girard and asked him about his thoughts on BYU. The following quote is an excerpt from the 960 interview. “Their style of play fits me perfectly and definitely the connection with Jimmer will help me understand the place a lot more,” he said. “Overall, I just really like the culture they’ve made and the style of basketball and the academics they provide.”
Girard also told ESPN960 that he is planning on taking an unofficial visit to Provo before taking an official one.
In addition to being one of the best basketball players in New York, Girard is also a star quarterback and defensive back. Girard led Glen Falls High School football team to a state title, and was named the game’s MVP.
Here are some highlights of Girard knocking down some long range bombs: