Nearly two weeks since becoming an Internet sensation after hitting a world-record 135 3-pointers in five minutes, Wheaton Academy junior Josh Ruggles is basking in the attention.
The 6-foot-1 Ruggles' younger brother, Jake, shot the video and his older brother, Brandon, served as the rebounder. Ruggles missed 12 shots, and his YouTube video had more than 300,000 hits as of Aug. 18.
"It's been crazy," Ruggles said. "My phone has still been exploding, even over a week later. I've heard from so many people, from so many places."
"It's weird to see all these different people take the time from their schedules to tweet something about me," Ruggles said. "The Phil Jackson one was crazy."
Ruggles said he hatched up the plan to break the 3-point five-minute record after hitting 44 3-pointers in a row earlier this summer. He got a push from his older brother after he watched current Michigan standout Nik Stauskas make 102 3-pointers in five minutes while in high school.
"My older brother Brandon saw the Nik Stauskas video and he felt I should try it," Ruggles said. "I was just feeling it that day."
Ruggles said hoisting that many 3s in a condensed period was exhausting. But he would like to attempt more 3-point records.
"Five minutes is tiring," Ruggles said. "I might try to beat my own record, and look over other records in terms of shooting for a longer time. I have to get in better shape."
Ruggles, who won the 2013 IHSA 3-point shooting contest in March, doesn't expect to get many open 3s this season. But Ruggles can't wait to display another part of his game that he's been working on this summer.
"I can't wait for the season to start," he said. "I know last year people had me labeled as just a shooter. This year my focus has been off-the-dribble stuff, ballhandling and strength stuff."
Go to youtube.com/watch?v=PD5j8743Eio to view the video.