Last week, Colby Taylor became the highest scoring player in Central College men’s basketball history, breaking a 37-year-old record.
Jeff Verhoef scored 1,575 points in the late 1970’s, and Taylor now sits at 1,608 and counting.
If you’d told Dutch coach Craig Douwma five years ago that the 6’6” forward from Creston would become the school’s scoring standard bearer, it might have been a tough sell. Douwma wasn’t even sure when he’d get on the court.
“I really thought he was going to be a year or two-year JV guy. I really did. I just didn’t know if he was physically ready. The makeup of that first team, we searched for a while, but he was backing up (Matt) Greenfield and he wasn’t getting a lot of minutes behind the MVP of the league. We tried different guys in that three spot, and we made the change at Christmas time in Puerto Rico where we put him at the three. That was a great little puzzle piece and it really worked for that team and we took off from that point forward.”
Taylor ended up playing in 29 games that year, starting 19, and averaging almost 10 points per game. He was named the Iowa Conference newcomer of the year.
In his sophomore campaign, he averaged over 16 points per game, and in last year’s junior season he was a 20 point per game scorer as he was an all-Iowa Conference first team selection and an all-West Region second team pick by the NABC.
Taylor is averaging nearly 24 points per game this season as he and the Dutch have started 8-5. They’re back in action at home tomorrow night against Loras.