San Ysidro of the CIF San Diego Section had the leading freshman scorer in the state last season when D.J. Dudley knocked down 24.6 points per game, including a highest scoring single-game of 40 points.
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But that’s nothing compared to what freshman Mikey Williams is doing for the Cougars this season. With Dudley now at Fairfax of Los Angeles on a transfer, Williams already had two 51-point games this season for San Ysidro. Then on Friday night in a semifinal game of the Tiger Classic tourney at Imperial High (home of NFL running back Royce Freeman), Mikey blew up for 77 points in a 116-52 win over Kearny of San Diego.
San Ysidro head coach Terry Tucker obviously knew that the CIF San Diego Section record of 76 set in December of 2005 by Tyrone Shelley of San Diego Crawford was going to be in trouble on this night. Tucker also knew about the previous San Diego record because he was Shelley’s coach at Crawford at the time.
Shelley set his record in a 138-29 game, but those looking to perhaps question Williams or Shelley being left in too long by the same coach to set records only need to check the all-time state list. Pretty much everyone on it (above 65 points) was in a similar contest. Williams not only broke Shelley’s record but also became the first freshman to join the all-time state list (so it would be a state freshman record).
Williams, considered the No. 1 player in California’s outstanding Class of 2023 and considered by some to be the No. 1 freshman in the nation, made 20 two-point field goals, canned nine from the 3-point line and was 10-of-15 on free throws.
Tucker said in a text to Cal-Hi Sports’ Ronnie Flores: “The crowd at Imperial was chanting his name every time he scored. It was surreal. Never seen anything like it.”