It is often said that while Dr. James Naismith invented basketball in Massachusetts, the sport was raised and ultimately came of age in the high schools of Indiana, the state where politics, religion, and sweet corn fall in line behind the game played with the round orange ball. Tales from Indiana High School Basketball, now newly revised, centers on those special people who have played the gametheir stories, their passion, their drive for excellence, their laughs, and their tears. This is a book about Lebanon schoolboy hero Rick Mount, the first prep basketball player ever featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated; its about Gene Cato, the Indiana High School Athletic Associations former commissioner whose fatherhis high school coachwould not put the young scoring phenomenon into a game until his teams fans demanded it; its also about Marions Purple Reignconsecutive state championships in 1985, 1986, and 1987 when the Giants were the most important game on every opponents schedule. John Wooden, Bobby Plump, Steve Alford, Damon Baileyits as easy for an Indiana high school basketball fan to roll the names off the tongue as it is to find the broadcast of a high school game on AM radio on any Friday night during an Indiana winter. Tales from Indiana High School Basketball is not so much about statistics and winning streaks as it is about the personalities and emotions of those who created a phenomenon that became a way of life in the Hoosier State.
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