Babbitt’s prep career scoring mark falls to Walker
RENO -Lincoln County point guard Dantley Walker has broken the state’s career high school scoring record that the NBA’s Luke Babbitt set in 2008 while at Galena High School.
Walker scored 64 points on Saturday against Lake Mead to push his career total to 2,954. He was six shy of the state single-game mark of 70 Douglas High’s Jim Summers set in 1952.
Summers is the father of former Whittell High School basketball and football coach John Summers. His record night was 58 years ago against Stewart Indian School (Carson City) at a time when Douglas High had 100 students. The previous high was 50 points by Ralph Dunn.
“I would say that Jim was unconscious that night,” said Nita Summers, a Douglas cheerleader at the time, and later Jim’s wife. “Douglas at the time reminded me of ‘Hoosiers.'”
Summers’ record still stands, even though today’s players have a bonus he didn’t have with the three-ball counting toward their point totals.
“Records are made to be broken, you know,” said Nita, who along with Jim has made the South Shore home for the past 46 years. “With the three-pointer, (Delaney) could most likely do it.”
Babbitt tallied 2,941 total points from 2005-08. He went on to star at Nevada before Minnesota made him the 16th pick overall in the 2010 draft and traded him to the Portland Tail Blazers.
Walker also hit for 62 against Needles on Jan. 7. He entered the season already holding the state career record for three-pointers as well as single-season marks for three-pointers and assists.