Coming into the Delaware 87ers game against the Canton Charge on Tuesday, guard Jordan McRae found himself in sixth place on the scoring leaders list for the D-League this season. With Erick Green getting called up he was already set to move up a spot, but with his performance against the Charge he'll see his name skyrocket up the list.
Finishing the game with 61 points on 21-34 shooting from the field, including 3-8 from three-point range and 16-18 from the free-throw line, McRae broke the D-League record for scoring in a single game that was previously set by Pierre Jackson in 2014.
With 41 points through three quarters, McRae smelled blood in the water and continued his scoring barrage through the fourth quarter and through overtime, where he guided the 87ers to a 130-123 win over the Charge. He was a leader throughout the game and his free throws were ultimately what put the game out of reach for good.
In addition to his tremendous scoring output, he was also able to grab 11 rebounds and dish out 7 assists. His work on the defensive glass helped make up for the hole that was caused by forward Christian Wood being in foul trouble throughout the game. Those 11 boards were a season-high for McRae, who has shown to be more committed towards improving his all-around game this season.
Currently ranking 21st on the D-League's Prospect Watch, McRae will have surely caught the eye of many scouts from this performance. Now averaging 25 points per game since the start of the New Year, he has gotten off to the kind of start that is necessary to earn a call-up.
For now, however, he can enjoy being the first player in the 15-year history of the NBA D-League to ever reach the 60 point threshold.