2016 Indiana High School Basketball State Tournament Mega Preview

Wherever we go, and no matter how long we’re gone, one thing persists in Hoosiers, expatriate or otherwise. The love of high school basketball. Only back home would a school with ~250 students in high school, have a gym seating 2500, which was sold out for six years straight. And so in the original home of “March madness” before the NCAA stole it, let’s have a look at the sectional pairings for 2016.

Like most of us old-timers, I think it was a mistake to go to classes for basketball. Yes, miracles like Milan in 1952 were extremely rare, but so what. My school was runner-up for six solid years, in the sectional, to Michigan City Elston, two of those years they were State Champions, and it was enough that we too, gave them trouble!

The drawing from the best Boilermaker blog I’ve found:

It is that time again. The annual draw for the Indiana High School Basketball State Tournament took place this past Sunday and it gets underway on Tuesday, march 1 at 64 sectional sites around the state. This year there is not a truly dominant team. Everyone in the state has at least one loss, and only three teams (Merrillville, New Albany, and Warsaw, all in Class 4A) have just one loss.

So why is this important? Well, It is Indiana and it is basketball. Purdue does not currently have a commitment from the state of Indiana for a future class, but there are plenty of targets out there. As we head into the final regular season games this weekend your number 1 ranked teams in each class are New Albany in Class 4A, Griffith in Class 3A (though they dropped a game last night), Barr-Reeve in Class 2A (they are the defending champion in Class A and playing up this year as a result), and Liberty Christian in Class A.

So, without further preamble, let’s look at all 64 sectionals very quickly. If you want a link to each bracket I have made a 2016_Brackets.0.xlsx for all 4 classes.

Class 4A

Sectional 1: East Chicago Central

This is a pretty balanced field with Lowell (18-4) and East Chicago Central (15-5) as the favorites. Lowell also went 6-0 against the 7-team field.

Sectional 2: Crown Point

This sectional features Grant Gelon, who is already signed with Indiana for next year. He plays for host Crown Point (13-8), but Merrillville (20-1) is the heavy favorite. They are led by 3-star point guard D.J. Witkins. Connor TenHove of Valparaiso is another solid player that Purdue has at least looked at.

Sectional 3: Plymouth

This is another balanced sectional with South Bend Riley boasting the best record at 18-5. South Bend Washington is 15-5 and went 5-0 against the field, beating Riley by 3.

Sectional 4: Elkhart Central

Warsaw (20-1) was undefeated until losing to Carmel this past weekend. They are the heavy favorite without any major prospects, but they are just a solid team that plays together.

Sectional 5: DeKalb

This features the northern Ft. Wayne schools led by Carroll (19-5) and Fort Wayne North (17-6). FW North has 6’9″ forward Jaylen Butz, who has offers for 2017 from Ball State and Kent State, but Indiana, Purdue, and Michigan State have expressed interest. Keion Brooks is also a promising 2019 prospect from FW North that has Purdue and Indiana already looking. Malik Williams, a 4-star 6’10” forward from Ft. Wayne Snider with an offer from Purdue for 2017 is also in this sectional. Snider is 13-8 on the year.

Sectional 6: Huntington North

Five of the six teams in this sectional have a winning record, and all five have won between 14 and 16 games.

Sectional 7: Logansport

The big school sectional featuring the local Lafayette schools is loaded with prospects. Host Logansport (14-8) has 2017 prospect Jalen Adaway, a 6’5″ wing that has had Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, and Iowa looking at him. McCutcheon (21-3) is the favorite led by 2018 star Robert Phinisee, whom Purdue simply needs to get. Purdue and Indiana have both offered and we can’t let Indiana get a player that is within 10 miles of Purdue’s campus. Our basketball team isn’t coached by Darrell Hazell, after all (who famously didn’t even offer a 4-star offensive lineman from Lafayette Central Catholic who ended up at Indiana). Zionsville (17-5) is a solid team led by 2019 prospect Isaiah Thompson, a.k.a. P.J. Thompson’s little brother. Isaiah is one of the top freshman point guards in the country, let alone Indiana. My beloved Kokomo Wildkats (13-10) are also here, along with Lafayette Jeff (14-8) who is one of the few teams to beat McCutcheon. All six teams here have a winning record and Kokomo has the worst record, but has still beaten Indy Tech and Marion. I will also brag that no one in Indiana has won more sectionals than Kokomo’s 74.

Sectional 8: Noblesville

This is another sectional loaded with talent and no clear favorite. Hamilton Southeastern (13-10) has 2017 prospect Zach Gunn, who has an offer from Indiana and Purdue is interested in. They also have freshman Aaron Etherington, the younger brother of Austin and Alex Etherington. Guerin Catholic (13-11) is playing up from Class 3A here after winning last season’s 3A title.

Sectional 9: New Castle

Connersville (19-5) and Greenfield Central (18-4) are favored here, but New Castle (14-6) is always a tough out on their home floor.

Sectional 10: Indianapolis Tech

Keep reading at 2016 Indiana High School Basketball State Tournament Mega Preview – Hammer and Rails.

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9 Responses to 2016 Indiana High School Basketball State Tournament Mega Preview

  1. Thank you, NEO. Your post brought back memories of my high school days. Some wins and misses of Jefferson High school. Some missed pep rallies and some great pep rallies, :). While I was in high school we made it to the finals twice only to loss. One of the high schools we lost in the finals was a high school in Gary, Indiana. The high school in Gary, Indiana was a poor school. They never made it out of the sectionals or regionals until then. I believe I was a junior when they played against Jefferson in the finals and won. As a matter of fact, they won the finals that year. I was sad and happy at the same time, lol. I haven’t kept up with the high school basketball since the early 80’s, :(.

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    • NEO says:

      Me either really, but this time of year, it often sneaks up on me! Some really good times! 🙂

      By the way, I’ve written on it before, here:

      https://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/march-madness-been-there-done-that/

      More history of how we got that way in that one!

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      • I will check it out, :).

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        • NEO says:

          You’ll like it, I think! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • I did, :).

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        • NEO says:

          Yay! 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Neat you can remember, relate, and anticipate with pleasure the coming events in Indiana basketball. Put it in your bucket list to remember and keep it up as time goes by.
    This is not an official letter…
    Dear Doctor,
    Here lately on my visits I’ve been questioned about do I have any depression, anxiety, feeling unsafe, fear falling down and so forth?
    Since my last visit I’ve been waking up in early morning with thoughts of some disconcerting ideas. It must mean something how hard it is to rise and get going these days. 10 or 11 am before I feel like walking out and checking the mail. Then I remember it’s Sunday anyway, well after I walked out to the mail box. Lots of aches and pains.
    It probably has something to do with my using my body as a crowbar since the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, all 0’s, ’10’s.
    The disconcerting idea…I can’t keep up no more. Don’t report that to the government. They want to know about depression and anxiety, but who knows how they’ll “feel” about a disconcerting ideas.
    See you next visit. Thanks Doc.

    P.S. #Go Team Go. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      🙂

      Like

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