BASKETBALL: Picnic previews Hall of Fame Classic
September 8, 2017 - Picnic Time
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — It’s never too early to speak basketball in Indiana.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a annual cruise during Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville on Wednesday. The eventuality highlighted a schools comparison to attend in a 41st Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic contest in New Castle on Dec 30th.
Floyd Central will be competing in this year’s Classic, as Floyd County will send a group to a eventuality for a second true season. New Albany won a contest final year, defeating Warsaw and Logansport.
“It’s humbling to be a partial of such a prestigious event,” Floyd conduct manager Todd Sturgeon said. “We are anxious to be a partial of this and vehement for a eventuality to showcase a kids and program.”
Oak Hill will play New Castle in diversion one during 11:00 a.m. and a Highlanders will conflict Bloomington South during 1:00 p.m. The losers will play in a satisfaction diversion during 6:00 p.m. and a championship will finish a day during 8:00 p.m.
Floyd and Bloomington South have played any of a final 3 unchanging seasons, with a Highlanders winning a final dual years.
“I was on a preference cabinet for this eventuality and we told them Floyd Central indispensable to be in it this season,” pronounced South Hall of Fame conduct manager J.R. Holmes, whose group will be creation a record-tying sixth entrance in a Classic. “They have a unequivocally good group and coach. we know first-hand usually how good they’ve been and what they could be this season.”
The Highlanders, who final participated in a Classic in 1985, have come a prolonged approach in a brief duration of time underneath manager Sturgeon. Floyd won usually 5 games a deteriorate before Sturgeon took a helm. Since then, a Green and Gold have had 3 true winning campaigns capped off by final year’s 19-5 mark.
“We speak to a kids all a time about formulating footprints for others and there is no larger footprint in a state than a Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame,” pronounced Sturgeon, who is 46-23 entering his fourth deteriorate in a Knobs. “We’re unequivocally looking brazen to this eventuality that will underline some of a tip programs and players in a state.”
In a 40-year history, a Classic has seen over 100 Indiana All-Stars, 26 Mr. Basketballs, and 17 NBA Draft Picks, including dual No. 1 altogether picks.
“Our preference cabinet does a illusory pursuit any year mouth-watering peculiarity teams with star energy and a clever fan base,” Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris May said. “We have another clever margin with 3 classes represented. We’re looking brazen to it.”
Class 2A’s Oak Hill mislaid usually one comparison from final year’s 20-4 team. The Golden Eagles exaggerate a front justice of 3 players over 6-foot-4, led by 6-foot-8 comparison Caleb Middleworth. New Castle, Class 3A, that is creation a sixth entrance in a Classic, is entrance off of dual true 17-win seasons. The Trojans are led by 6-foot-6 youth Mason Gills.
Class 4A’s Bloomington South, guided by Holmes who has 760 wins, facilities 6-foot-3 comparison Chance Coyle and gathered a 22-5 record a year ago. The Highlanders exaggerate 5 clever seniors, led by 6-foot-5 Luke Gohmann. Junior Cobie Barnes, a 6-foot-5 swingman, looks to have a dermatitis deteriorate after a plain summer on a AAU circuit.
“Just conference a other coaches speak about a countless colleges that are recruiting their players lets we know usually how good a contest is going to be,” Sturgeon said. “Anytime we can play opposite tip foe in a venue like a New Castle Fieldhouse, it can usually make we better. This is a best in-season contest in a state and we can’t wait to get adult there and compete.”
Floyd Central will have tickets for sale commencement Nov 1st. The tickets are $10 and are good for both sessions.