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Ohio squad wins first NHSBCA Rising Senior event

July 16, 2013

Ohio captured the championship in the first-ever National High School Basketball Coaches Association Rising Senior event Tuesday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The players from the Buckeye state tallied a 5-0 record in the six state boys’ basketball shootout. Teams representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin took part in the event, which included five rounds of games, a skills competition and off-court sessions for the teams.

Indiana placed second with a 4-1 mark, followed by Iowa at 3-2, Wisconsin at 2-3, Kentucky at 1-4 and Illinois at 0-5.

This year’s event did not fall during an evaluation period for NCAA Division I coaches, but college coaches from lower levels (NCAA Division II and III and NAIA programs) attended.

Indiana Basketball Coaches Association executive director Steve Witty said the plan is to move the Rising Senior event to a July evaluation period in future years. Indianapolis again will host the event in 2014, and organizers are hopeful that more states will take part in future years.

Tuesday’s results

  • Ohio 67, Wisconsin 59
  • Indiana 79, Iowa 73
  • Kentucky 92, Illinois 84
  • Indiana 104, Kentucky 58
  • Iowa 78, Wisconsin 67
  • Ohio 94, Illinois 64

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Rising Senior event: Monday’s results, Tuesday’s schedule

July 16, 2013

The first-year Rising Senior event, presented by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association, tipped Monday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The event, which includes teams from six Midwestern states all backed by their respective coaches associations, will conclude Tuesday.

Indiana finished the first day at 2-1, recording wins over Illinois and Wisconsin and dropping a three-point decision to Ohio.

Monday’s results

Ohio 78, Iowa 75
Indiana 83, Illinois 75
Wisconsin 94, Kentucky 88
Indiana 74, Wisconsin 69
Ohio 105, Kentucky 79
Iowa 99, Illinois 85
Iowa 85, Kentucky 76
Wisconsin 83, Illinois 57
Ohio 82, Indiana 79

Tuesday’s schedule

9:30 a.m. Main Gym: Ohio vs. Wisconsin
9:30 a.m. MPA #1: Indiana vs. Iowa
9:30 a.m. MPA #3: Kentucky vs. Illinois

1:45 p.m. Main Gym: Indiana vs. Kentucky
1:45 p.m. MPA #1: Iowa vs. Wisconsin
1:45 p.m. MPA #3: Ohio vs. Illinois

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Q&A with Chad Gilbert, Charlestown’s new AD

July 14, 2013

Charlestown athletic director Chad GilbertAs the search continues for Jeffersonville’s next boys’ basketball coach, the Red Devils’ former boss is settling in as the new athletic administrator at Charlestown High School, his alma mater.

“The way I see it is I left my dream coaching job to accept my dream administrative job,” said Chad Gilbert, who coached the Jeff girls’ basketball team to a Class 4-A state title in 2011 and amassed  264-51 overall record while leading the school’s boys’ and girls’ programs.

Hoosier Hills Hoops recently sat down with Gilbert to discuss his coaching years at Jeffersonville and his vision for Charlestown athletics.

What will you miss most about Jeffersonville?

I’ll miss the camaraderie among the coaches and players. That’s something I feel was really special. We were a tight-knit group, and I hope to find another fraternity like that with (area) athletic directors. I also feel like (I’m) leaving a team that has a real chance to win 20 games and a sectional championship. It’s difficult to leave, not just because of the talent, but because of the relationships.

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Six squads set for NHSBCA Rising Senior event

July 8, 2013

The first-ever National High School Basketball Coaches Association Rising Senior boys’ event will be held Sunday through Tuesday (July 14-16) at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The competition will feature teams of boys’ basketball seniors-to-be from six Midwestern states. Plans are for the event to be held each year and grow to include additional states.

Squads representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin are taking part in the first-time event, which includes five rounds of games, a skills competition and off-court sessions for the teams.

Teams will arrive on Sunday (July 14) with activities including an opening ceremony, a guest speaker and a social gathering. Competition is on Monday and Tuesday (July 15 and July 16) with all games at Ben Davis (in the main gym or the multipurpose facility).

The Indiana squad features 12 players — including Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. of Marion, Trevon Bluiett of Park Tudor and Indiana State commit Bryant McIntosh of Greensburg — who participated as Indiana Junior All-Stars last month. The squad will be coached by Columbus East’s Brent Chitty, who was the Junior All-Star coach.

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Ernie Duncan talks Vermont, upcoming season

July 7, 2013

Evansville Harrison's Ernie DuncanEvansville Harrison, headlined by three Duncan brothers — Ernie, a senior-to-be, and incoming juniors Everett and Stanley — is expected to be a top contender in the Pocket City when high school basketball returns this winter.

And Ernie, a 6-foot-3 guard, is especially ready to lead the Warriors to a strong showing in Class 4-A hoops after deciding on Vermont last week as his college choice.

“I’m really glad (the recruiting process) is out of the way now so I can just have fun and play AAU,” said Duncan, who will play in multiple tournaments, including events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, later this month with his Indiana Elite 17-and-under travel squad. “I’ll have an opportunity to start (at Vermont) right away, and their style of play is just like our style at Harrison.”

Duncan, who initially made an oral pledge in early 2012 to attend hometown Evansville, entertained scholarship offers from Ball State, Florida Gulf Coast, Toledo and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Duncan’s Harrison team was eliminated last season by Jeffersonville in a regional semifinal at Seymour, and Ernie said the Warriors’ main goal is to “win a regional this time around and then go from there.”

“We should be just as good (as last season),” Duncan projected. “We have better team chemistry this year. We’re really all one.”


Ernie’s will get support from his younger brothers Everett and Stanley, twins who logged significant minutes last season for Harrison. Both have also developed strong identities as up-and-coming prospects, and are now hearing from Division I schools.

But another Duncan brother — freshman-to-be Brandon — could be in the Warriors’ varsity rotation this season, according to Ernie.

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Participants released for Top 100 Showcases

July 5, 2013

Indiana Basketball Coaches AssociationThe Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, with support from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, will conduct its 11th annual Top 100 Showcase events for boys (July 18) and girls (July 23) at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The showcases are designed to give exposure to top players from across Indiana to colleges of various levels from across the country. Both events are NCAA certified and take place during the live evaluation period, meaning Division I college coaches are permitted to attend.

Here’s the list of Southern Indiana players invited to attend:


Brandon Auker, Evansville Memorial, 2014; Howie Backherms, East Central, 2014; Tucker Blackwell, Bloomington South, 2016; Micah Bullock, Barr-Reeve, 2014; Jeff Byrne, New Albany, 2015; Austin Clark, Switzerland County, 2014; Beau Dedmond, Evansville Central, 2014; Adam Eberhard, Evansville Memorial, 2015; Perry Fairrow, Evansville Bosse, 2014; Myles Harvey, Jeffersonville, 2015; Keaton Hendricks, Bloomington South, 2014; Evan Henry, Columbus North, 2014; Bryan Hoeing, Batesville, 2015; Johnny Jager, Bloomington South, 2015; Saikou Jallow, Bloomington North, 2014; Bryce Lienhoop, Columbus East, 2014; Kourtlandt Martin, Evansville Central, 2014; Dre McBirth, New Albany, 2014; Calvin McEwen, Clarksville, 2014;  Bryant McIntosh, Greensburg, 2014; Devon Merder, Heritage Hills, 2014; Landon Perry, Madison, 2014; Jaelan Sanford, Evansville Reitz, 2015; Chaz Schneider, Brownstown, 2014; Sean Sellers, Greensburg, 2014; Grant Sims, Bloomington North, 2014; Cory Smith, North Harrison, 2014; Troy Spears, Martinsville, 2014; Josh Speidel, Columbus North, 2015; Alex Stein, Evansville Reitz, 2015; Tyler Truesdel, Bloomington North, 2014; Connor Umphress, Columbus East, 2014; Addison Wagler, Barr-Reeve, 2015; Elliott Welmer, Columbus North, 2014; Keenan Williams, Jeffersonville, 2014.


Vanessa Brown, Edgewood, 2014; Mackenzie Campbell, Rushville, 2014; Olivia Carroll, South Knox, 2015; Sarah Cook, Rushville, 2015; Kelsey Cunningham, Columbus North, 2014; Bailey Dreiman, Vincennes Rivet, 2014; Tayler Goodall, Columbus North, 2014; Maria Gugliotta, North Knox, 2014; Lauren Herman, Vincennes Rivet, 2014; Brooke Hinton, Floyd Central, 2014; Ally Hunsinger, Washington, 2014; Jenna Knepp, Barr-Reeve, 2014; Meghan Knepp, North Daviess, 2014; Kendra Lambert, North Harrison, 2014; Keragan Niehoff, Rushville, 2014; Marie Rothrock, Corydon, 2014; Zuriel Sanders, Castle, 2015; Tori Schickel, Evansville Mater Dei, 2015; Stephanie Sherwood, Evansville Memorial, 2015; Annie Thomas, Southwestern (Shelby), 2014; Haley Vogen, Jeffersonville, 2014; Lauren Whitlatch, Bloomington South, 2014; Jackie Young, Princeton, 2016.

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