So much basketball talent. So little room.
On June 6, former Greenwood Community High School basketball player Jaren Hornbeak takes part in the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic at Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym. The facility hosting the annual girl/boy doubleheader was used as the home gymnasium of the fictional Hickory Huskers in the popular 1986 movie “Hoosiers.”
Prior to that, an actual varsity basketball game hadn’t taken place in the 750-seat gym since 1966. It had been home to Knightstown High School teams since opening in December 1922.
A 6-foot guard, Hornbeak in April was honored as the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season. He will suit up for the Hickory Huskers squad led by Indiana Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles of Class 4A state champion Tech.
The 6-10 Lyles has committed to play at the University of Kentucky. Another of Hornbeak’s Hickory teammates, 6-3 Marion guard James Blackmon Jr., is going to be an immediate factor for Indiana University coach Tom Crean.
Hornbeak isn’t anticipating Jimmy, Ollie or Rade setting screens for him any more than the likelihood he’ll spot Myra Fleener purchasing popcorn or Norman Dale verbally working over an official.
However, as a big fan of the movie, Hornbeak is looking forward to the event.
“I’ve never actually been in the gym before, but I’m excited to be going and representing my school,” said Hornbeak, who averaged 21.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals as a senior.
“Blackmon and Lyles are on my team. Looking at the rosters, there are just a lot of great players. I want to see how I stack up against these guys.”
Hornbeak next season will play basketball at Hanover College along with another soon-to-be-freshman, Center Grove’s Tyler Bryant.
Asked about the Hoosier Gym’s abbreviated dimensions compared to a traditional high school basketball court, Hornbeak brings up Greenwood’s 65-53 win at Speedway in December.
Played inside the cramped quarters of Speedway Middle School’s gym, Hornbeak scored a season-high 31 points.
He’ll be fine.