WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s not every night a high school basketball player can put his name in the same sentence as the great Michael Jordan, but that’s exactly what happened last night at Michael Jordan Gymnasium at Laney High School when Elijah Wilson tied M.J.’s single-game scoring record.
“I wasn’t even counting my points the whole night,” Wilson said. “I didn’t even know I had 40. I was thinking I was still in the 30 range until they told me after the game that I tied with Jordan.”
From Laney High School to the University of North Carolina to one of basketball’s all-time greats, Jordan has held the single-game scoring record at Laney High School since 1980. Monday night Wilson, a senior guard, joined His Airness scoring 42 points in a quadruple overtime win over New Bern.
“It’s a very cool feeling,” Wilson said. “I still don’t have any words for it.”
Head Coach Fred Lynch was an assistant when Jordan played at Laney. He says Wilson and Jordan both had similar styles at this point in their basketball careers.
“Mike had quite a few ball games where he scored a lot of points,” Lynch said. “You know, 42 points is impressive no matter who it is or what the situation. We’re proud of Elijah and the way he played.”
Monday night was huge for Wilson. Not only did he tie Jordan, but he also committed to play at the College of Charleston fulfilling what he calls a life-long dream of playing college hoops.
“I like their city, I like their basketball program and their facilities, and I just felt that I fit right in their program,” Wilson said.
With just eight more points Wednesday, Wilson will pass the 1,000-point mark for his Laney career. The scoring records have classmates buzzing.
“People that have never even heard about him are talking about it,” Laney student Dimir Brown said. “People from different schools, even on the news, everyone’s just talking about it.”
As for Wilson, he’s just happy to be in the conversation with Jordan.
“I only heard it maybe once or twice, but maybe after this I could have my name with his name a lot more,” Wilson said.
Wilson and the Laney Buccaneers take on Hoggard in the second round of the Mideastern Conference Tournament tomorrow night.