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