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Balling out of control in B-Town: Ranking Bloomington’s prep hoop greats of the last 25 years

By: Scott Burnstein, February 1, 2019, 12:10 pm

Burney’s Top 10 Bloomington Boys Hoopsters of the Last 25 Years:

1 Jared Jeffries (6-foot-11 F Bloomington North Class of 2000) — Playing a 2019 style game in 1999, JJ was a “stretch 4” before the term even existed.

• Retired NBA vet, spearheaded North and Indiana to appearances in the IHSAA and NCAA Finals, respectively, and won Mr. Basketball as a prepster.

 

2 Sean May (6-foot-9 F Bloomington North Class of 2002) — Relentless and brawny on the blocks, May mauled the comp with a mix of power and finesse.

• Retired NBA vet who led North Carolina to a NCAA Championship and won Mr. Basketball as a prepster.

 

3 Jordan Hulls (6-foot-0 G Bloomington South Class of 2009) — Took South to the Promised Land, the definition of a quarterback on the hardwood, an “All-Heart and Soul” type of playmaker at the point.

• Captained South to its first-ever state crown, won Mr. Basketball, started on an IU club that was No. 1 in the nation at the college level.

 

4 Darwin “Dee” Davis (6-foot-0 G Bloomington South Class of 2011) — Quintessential clutch and MAD crafty out of the backcourt, as consistent as they came, tireless competitor.

• Two-time IHSAA final four MVP, the only player on this list to win two state titles, excelled in college at Xavier.

 

5 Kueth “Q” Duany (6-foot-7 G/F Bloomington North Class of 1998) — Athleticism, killer instinct and a sweet stroke were the staples of this Sudanese Swag Nasty’s game.

• Played integral roles in state title and NCAA national title runs, captained Syracuse’s 2003 Final Four squad.

 

6 Jonathan Holmes (6-foot-0 G Bloomington South Class of 1999) — Bulldog of a floor general, fearless leader, fire-starter when the game was on the line, just a winner.

• Runner-up for Mr. Basketball, played in college at North Carolina.

 

7 Chance Coyle (6-foot-4 G Bloomington South Class of 2018) — Primetime player in every way, could score the basketball as well as anybody on this list.

• South’s All-Time leading scorer, currently playing at Southern Indiana.

 

8 Djibril Kante (6-foot-8 F/C Bloomington North Class of 1998) — Raw power in the paint, rugged, athletic and had a soft touch.

• Won a state title at North, helped led Indiana State into the NCAA Tournament as a collegian.

 

9 Duany Duany (6-foot-7 G/F Bloomington North Class of 1995) — The prototypical workhorse on the wing, long and wiry with a lights out perimeter skill-set.   

• Was the Sixth Man on Wisconsin’s 2000 Final Four team.

 

10 Anthony Leal (6-foot-4 G Bloomington South Class of 2020) — Could easily land in the Top 5 before it’s all said and done on his cage career in Pantherville.

• Tracking towards breaking Coyle’s scoring record, being recruited by the Big Ten and Pac-12.

 

Bonus Bytes

11 Jeremy Sinsabaugh (G Bloomington North Class of 1997)

12 Erik Fromm (F Bloomington South Class of 2010)

13 Kyle Hankins (G Bloomington South Class of 2001)

 

End note: McDonald’s All-American and future NBA Draft pick Ray McCallum, Jr. (University of Detroit-Mercy) played at North for two years in the late 2000s and South’s Matt Carlino graduated early in 2010 before playing in college at UCLA, BYU and Marquette.