Boys Basketball Team Selected For Prestigious Hall of Fame Tourney For 2017-18

Posted on April 3, 2017 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

hoopshall classic_medFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 27, 2017 (New Castle) – With a new name and sponsor, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces the fields for the same great Indiana high school basketball event that has been a holiday tournament tradition for decades. The Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic tournaments are set to feature some of the best teams, players, coaches, and fans in Indiana high school basketball on Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

New Castle Fieldhouse – Saturday, December 30, 2017
11:00 a.m. (ET) Oak Hill vs. New Castle
to follow Floyd Central vs. Bloomington South
6:00 p.m. Consolation Game
to follow Championship Game

Oak Hill – Losing just one senior from their 20-4 team, the Golden Eagles used a strong junior class as the anchor of their success and the basis for lofty expectations for the 2017-18 campaign. 6’5” junior Spencer Ballinger averaged 18.1 points and 5.9 rebounds, 6’4” junior Tyce Frank averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 assists, 6’8” junior Caleb Middlesworth averaged 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in an injury-shortened season, but has been recognized as a 2017 Indiana Junior All-Star, and 6’6” junior David Arens averaged 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. The Golden Eagles were 7-0 Central Indiana Conference champions this season, including a win over eventual 2A champion Frankton in their regular season meeting. Oak Hill is 43-8 over the past two seasons, 7th best in the state in that timeframe, and 61-15 over the past three seasons. Kevin Renbarger has established his program as consistent winners. 174-98 in his 12 seasons as head coach, Oak Hill has delivered nine winning seasons, including five 17+ win seasons in his tenure. Oak Hill makes their inaugural appearance in the Boys Classic. Led by eventual Miss Basketball, Courtney Moses, the Oak Hill girls were runners-up in the 2008 Girls Classic. New Castle – Following consecutive 17-win seasons, the Trojans look to a pair of rising juniors as leaders for their 2017-18 squad. 6’6” sophomore Mason Gillis averaged 14.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, 6’0” sophomore Luke Bumbalough averaged 13.4 points and 3.9 assists and 6’2” junior Niah Williamson averaged 9.3 points as the Trojans’ leading returning players for next season. Gillis and Bumbalough’s season totals were the 5th and 6th highest sophomore-season scoring totals in the Trojans’ 100+ year history, joining elite company. Daniel Cox is 52-40 in four seasons as head coach at his alma mater, including a 34-15 record over the past two seasons. New Castle makes their 6th overall appearance in the Boys Classic and will be a participating host for the fifth time in history. The Trojans hosted the Classic in 1982 when the event was hosted by a participating team each year. Since becoming the permanent host site in 1990, New Castle’s boys have participated in the 1993, 2001 and 2006 events, as well as participating in the 1989 Classic at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall. Along with Bloomington South’s participation in the 2017 event for a 6th time, New Castle and the Panthers will share the record for most appearances in the Boys Classic. Floyd Central – Increasing their win totals in each of the last three seasons under head coach Todd Sturgeon, the Highlanders lose just two seniors from this year’s 19-5 squad. 6’5” sophomore Cobie Barnes averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds and 6’5” junior Luke Gohmann averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds, each earning 1st team all-Hoosier Hills Conference honors, while 6’2” junior Matt Weimer also averaged 6.7 points. Floyd Central has progressed from 12 wins two seasons ago to 15 wins last season to 19 wins and a 2nd place finish in the Hoosier Hills Conference standings this past season, behind only 2016 HOF Classic champion New Albany. Head coach Todd Sturgeon has a 46-23 record in three seasons at Floyd Central. His previous coaching experience included ten seasons as the head coach at the University of Indianapolis from 1997-2007, leading them to 151 wins and three NCAA Division II national tournament appearances. Floyd Central makes their 2nd appearance in Boys Classic history. The Highlanders participated in the 1985 event at Southridge H.S. under HOF coach Joe Hinton. Bloomington South – A model of consistency, the Panthers and HOF coach J.R. Holmes turned in their 22nd consecutive winning season and bring back significant pieces from their 22-5 sectional and conference champion squad. 6’3” junior Chance Coyle has been named a 2017 Indiana Junior All-Star after averaging 18.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. 6’0” junior Phillip King scored 7.3 points and 6’3” freshman Anthony Leal averaged 6.7 points per game. Bloomington South has won 20+ games three consecutive seasons and in nine of the last 13 seasons. Over a longer timeframe, the Panthers are the winningest program in the state over the past 20 seasons, the only program to win a full 80% of their games (387-97) since the start of the 1997-98 season. J.R. Holmes has a 617-214 record in 34 seasons at Bloomington South and 760-332 career record in 47 seasons including stints at Tunnelton and Mitchell. He is tied as the 2nd winningest active Indiana high school boys basketball coach and is tied for 4th in all-time wins, just five wins from 2nd all-time and 46 wins shy of Jack Butcher’s state record 806 career victories. He was a 2012 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and becomes the first coach in history to lead five teams into the HOF Classic. 2017 participants Bloomington South and New Castle each make an event-record 6th Boys Classic appearance. Among the Panthers’ appearances in 1977, 1986, 1998, 2005 and 2010, they won the 1998 event.
Pending the announcement of the 2017 Indiana Miss Basketball, 23 young women who went on to win award have participated in the Girls Classic, including each of the last eight Miss Basketball winners (Skylar Diggins, Courtney Moses, Bria Goss, Jessica Rupright, Stephanie Mavunga, Whitney Jennings, Ali Patberg and Jackie Young). Girls legends who have played in the Classic include Jackie Young, Stephanie White, Katie Gearlds, Shanna Zolman, Kristen Spolyar, Lisa Shepherd, Abby Conklin, April McDivitt, Kelly Faris, Jennifer Jacoby, Jodie Whitaker, Shrya Ely and Tiffany Gooden, among others.

Pending announcement of the 2017 Indiana Mr. Basketball, 26 men who went on to win the award have participated in the Boys Classic, including nine of the last 12 award winners. 24 men to have played in the Classic have been named McDonald’s All-Americans, while 17 have been NBA Draft picks.

Legends to have competed in the Boys Classic include Damon Bailey, Steve Alford, Glenn Robinson, Shawn Kemp, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Eric Montross, Sean May, Delray Brooks, Tom Coverdale, Michael Menser, Pat Graham, Troy Lewis, Woody Austin, Josh McRoberts, Gary Harris, Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller and Trey Lyles among others. Entering the 2017 Classic, the event has included 90 different IHSAA-member girls programs and 100 different IHSAA-member boys programs in tournament history.
2017 will be the inaugural year under the event title “Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic” Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) is a leading diversified financial services company providing private client group, capital markets, asset management, banking and other services to individuals, corporations and municipalities. The company has approximately 7,100 financial advisors serving approximately 3 million client accounts in more than 2,900 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $622 billion. Public since 1983, the firm has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1986 under the symbol RJF. Additional information is available at Additional event sponsors include adidas, Henry Community Health, WHMB TV-40 and Jostens. Television:
The Classic will once again be televised in Central Indiana and webcast worldwide by the Hall of Fame’s partner, WHMB TV-40. Details of the broadcast schedule will be made at a later date. – ### – Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame One Hall of Fame Court New Castle, IN 47362 765-529-1891

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