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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana notebook — Jeff’s Coleman Going West, Barr-Reeve’s Hopf Out For ’20

By: , November 18, 2019, 12:00 pm

Jeffersonville senior small forward Tre Coleman signed with Nevada this week, deciding to leave the Hoosier State for college and go play for Hoosier legend Steve Alford in Reno with the Wolfpack. 

The 6-foot-6 wing is a three-star recruit and could be a dark horse in the 2020 Mr. Basketball race. He averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game and didn’t reveal his decision until the morning of Signing Day back on Wednesday.

Alford prepped at New Castle (winning Mr. Basketball) and captained Indiana University to the 1987 NCAA National Championship. Nevada hired Alford in the spring after Alford was let go by UCLA following five and a half seasons in Westwood and three trips to the Sweet 16. The Wolfpack compete out of the Mountain West Conference and have gone to three straight NCAA Tournaments.

Coleman will join forces with plucky point guard Jacob Jones (UW-Green Bay) to make Jeffersonville state-title contenders this winter. First-year head coach Chris Moore takes over a Red Devils squad that took home a Class 4A sectional crown.

The hunt is over

Tipton’s Ben Humrichous, one of the state’s top inside-outside threats, inked with Huntington University (Ind.) on Wednesday. 

Humrichous, a 6-foot-7 gamer out of the frontcourt with fly-swatting tendencies around the rim and a feathery touch from downtown, put up 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks per contest. He connected on over 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from long distance. Huntington is a NAIA school and plays in the Crossroads League.

Access Denied – A year on the bench

Curt Hopf’s last ditch effort to get on the floor for Barr-Reeve this winter was denied by an appellate Indiana education board last week, placing the 6-foot-8 forward and Division I college recruit on the shelf for the 2020 campaign due to an athletically-motivated transfer. Hopf filled the stat sheet for 16 points and eight rebounds per night last season at Forrest Park. A starter since his freshman season, Hopf led the 2019 Forrest Park squad into the state finals at the small-school level (2A, A) for the second year in a row. He made the move to Barr-Reeve in the offseason and had both a transfer waiver and an appeal denied by the IHSAA.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN