Historical perspective: High school days spent as gym rat


Sam Alford, a Johnson County resident, coached new Butler coach Brandon Miller at New Castle High School. FILE PHOTO

When it comes to gym rats, those basketball players willing to perform in front of empty bleachers in the pursuit of improvement, let’s just say Sam Alford knows a thing or five.

Twenty seasons as boys basketball coach at New Castle High School allowed Alford to marvel at the work put in by, among others, 1983 Indiana Mr. Basketball Steve Alford and 1986 All-Star Rodney Haynes.

A decade later, Brandon Miller carried on the tradition.

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