Wheaton Academy Junior’s Basketball Record Goes Viral
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(CBS) — When 16-year old Josh Ruggles starting shooting 3 pointers in the Wheaton Academy gym on Friday, he never thought he’d break a record. 135 three pointers in five minutes.
His older brother recorded the event, posted it on YouTube, and tweeted it. More than 233,000 views later, he’s a viral star.
“I did not expect this to happen. It’s been awesome,” said Ruggles “Phil Jackson retweeted it, Drew Brees actually retweeted, Dick Vitale retweeted it,” Ruggles said. “After those Twitter accounts with a ton of followers retweeted it, it just went viral.”
The reigning IHSA 3A three-point champion connected on 135 of 147 attempts in a five minute span.
He said he first saw a video of Michigan’s Nik Stauskas hitting 102 three pointers in five minutes. So, he says he took on the challenge.
Then, Laurie Koehn of the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA set a new high with 132 three pointers in the same time span. Koehn’s performance inspired him to take on the challenge. The 6-foot-1 guard says hopes to play college ball and the exposure can only help his hoop dreams.
“My main goal is to play on the next level. All this can do is help. It’s putting my name out there to people who wouldn’t have know about me. I really want to play on the next level. This is definitely helping me in terms of notoriety.”
Ruggles goes back to school August 20. He says he’ll likely try to break his own record soon.