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Doyel: Blackford freshman phenom taking a whole town for a joy ride

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HARTFORD CITY – So, the kid.

He’s sitting in the coaches’ office at Blackford High School, sitting there with bangs on his face and ice on his knees. This is where I find him a few minutes after the ninth game of his high school career, a game that has drawn a crowd of roughly 2,000 from a town of 5,900. Something special is happening with Blackford basketball in Hartford City, a team and a town where for so long special had been missing, and it centers on the kid with the bangs, the ice.

His ninth high school game, he’s almost apologizing for it.

“I missed a lot of shots I should make,” is what he says.

“I’m glad we won, but I can play better,” is what he says.

His name is Luke Brown. He has just scored 35 points and handed out 11 assists. He is a high school freshman.

Here in Hartford City, something special is happening.


So the best players are not home grown talent, but move-ins.   Something tells me the "something special" at Blackford will be relatively short lived.    And getting a head coaching job by promising to have the families of two above average players transfer to Blackford?    More proof that the IHSAA's transfer rules are a joke.  These children's families enrolled them at Blackford to play basketball, nothing more, nothing less.


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I'm very impressed at the statistics of this young man and I'm happy for Blackford to have their basketball program rejuvenated.  However, I do agree with Muda69, I would hire a 103 year old head coach, if he could guarantee me the next "Damon Bailey" would be transferring to my school.  It's just the way Indiana High School Basketball is these days unfortunately, there's no such thing as a home-grown talented team all from the same town/city/school district.  I'd love to see a statistic on the starting 5s for all of the state finalists last year showing where they all went to middle school 6-8.  It'd probably make some heads explode, but the rules are the rules, to be successful as a coach today you must be able to recruit, teach, mentor, motivate, etc.......

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From my understanding... He is nobody's homegrown talent.  He was homeschooled and played AAU ball.  Shouldn't be a shock he moved... To their credit... They moved closer to friends and family.  My understanding is the Hoover family and Brown family are long time friends... Plus, their daughter is nearby.  Better reasons than most.

I guess I just don't see this quite like a kid who grows up in a system... Making relationships and becoming part of a coach/school's program only to leave for greener pastures... Blackford wasn't exactly greener pastures.

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