Whiteland hoops player waited 50 years for well-earned All-Star honor


Carolyn McClain holds a photo of late husband Jay McClain at her Greenwood home. McClain led the Whiteland Warriors to a 27-3 record and the Elite Eight as a senior in 1944 but missed the All-Star experiences due to World War II. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

The only Indiana All-Star basketball player to represent Whiteland High School never played against the premier players from Kentucky.

Jay McClain didn’t even get to hang out with his All-Star teammates until all parties involved were in their late-60s.

McClain graduated from Whiteland in the spring of 1944. Due to America’s involvement in World War II, the annual Indiana-Kentucky series found itself on hiatus for a second consecutive summer.

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