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Summit basketball star Jacob Tompkins setting records

Could own up to 11 school records by end of the season

(Update: Adding video, comments from Tompkins, coach)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A senior on the Summit High School basketball team has not exactly been shooting for lots of school records, but he's been knocking them down anyway.

The name Jacob Tompkins might sound familiar to NewsChannel 21 viewers. His highlights have been featured several times on ‘The Big Playback’ on Friday nights. Now, he’s earned the spotlight for setting 10 school records this season, with more possibly on the way.

Tompkins told NewsChannel 21 Wednesday he never expected to be in this position.

"I was never the best player growing up, at all,” Tompkins said. “I was always (at the) end of the bench, through all of my elementary and middle school games. Then, it kind of just clicked. So if you told someone in eighth grade that I was going to hold 10 records as a senior, they would've called you crazy."

Tompkins has 501 points this season, equaling 22.7 points per game on average, both the highest single-season marks in the school's 19-year history. He currently ranks fourth in the state in scoring this year.

Much of his success has come from beyond the arc, where the 6-foot-3 combo guard has drilled a school-record 70 three-pointers this season. Also, his consistency at the free throw line (87%) in 2019-20 is second to none.

'If you told someone in eighth grade that I was going to hold 10 records as a senior, they would've called you crazy.'

Jacob Tompkins, summit storm senior

Those are just four of the 10 records Tompkins has to his name this year. The others include: Most free throws made in a single game (11), career points total (1,115), career points per game (16.5), career three-pointers made (168), career three-point percentage (40+ %) and career steals (135).

Tompkins is also a few steals away from setting the Summit single-season record, with at least 70.

Tompkins said his favorite milestone came a couple weeks ago against McNary, when he hit the 1,000-point mark for his career in front of the home crowd.

Head Coach Jon Frazier said Tompkins's commitment shows, as he's always the first guy in the gym and the last guy out. He added that the team would not have anywhere near the amount of success it's having this year without his contributions.

"The thing I think is unique about Jacob is that, I think he's in a lot of ways just scratching the surface,” Frazier said. “Again, he was a late bloomer, he's still physically growing and getting stronger. We've seen the last three years, every year, he's added things to his game. I think that's going to continue.

"I'm looking forward to seeing where he ends up deciding to play college ball. I think he ultimately could be a really great college player as well."

Off the court, Tompkins has a 3.6 GPA. It’s a respectable number, but of course as a competitor, he said he wishes it was a bit higher.

"I hope kids that are younger than me look up to the kind of example I set, not only as a player, on and off the court, (but) in school," he said. "That's something that's been really important to me. I've got my little brothers, one of them's only 6. So I really want him to, you know, go through high school and know that his brother was kind of a legend, a little bit."

Tompkins said he plans on playing basketball at the collegiate level, but he has not made his commitment yet. That will come after this season.

A few of the top schools on his list include the University of Portland, Chico State and Whitworth University.

Tompkins and the Storm need a win in the last game of the regular season on Friday to boost their chances of hosting a first-round playoff game. It would be the school’s first home playoff game since moving to the 6A division.

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