In the place of what would be State Finals week here in Indiana, Outside the Huddle reached out to a handful of area senior boys basketball players. Each of these players is from one of the 6 area teams that was still alive as a Sectional champion when the remainder of the tournament was cancelled. We asked them to tell us, in their own words, what they’d do different if they could go back to the start of their varsity careers, reminisce about their legacy and discuss the unusual close to their season and high school career. This is one such story:

IF I COULD GO BACK

If I could go back to the first time I played varsity basketball, I would tell myself to do me; don’t hesitate with what I do. It feels like I didn’t make every second count when I first played varsity. I didn’t like to make mistakes because it had brought me down and my confidence dropped. So I would tell myself to have short term memory and let the bad things just go because the game is not over until the clock has zeros on the board at the end of the fourth quarter. So always have a heart when you are on the court. Because I would try to guard the best offensive player that the other team has when I first played varsity basketball.

HOW IT ENDED

I was disappointed how my career ended. I couldn’t believe that it was really over. I was very frustrated because this was our year that we knew we had great chance of going to state and it’s my last year. I miss all the paint talks that Coach Bruce would tell us before practice. I miss all the coaches pushing us everyday to get better. But yeah, this not the way I wanted it to end. So for the people that area reading this, please make sure you give whatever you love doing your all because you will never know when it will end. Life is not fair; remember that.

WHAT DOES NEW HAVEN BASKETBALL MEAN TO ME?

New Haven High School is a good place to be. They will make sure you feel comfortable coming there, getting the education you need. New Haven High School is a family to me. New Haven means a lot to me; they taught me a lot, made sure I was responsible, trustworthy, made sure we respected others. They taught me character.

On the court, it’s was brotherhood. Everybody had up and downs with each other. We had to work through them and moved forward and worked hard on and off the court. We had good coaches that pushed us with our conditioning, strength (weight room) and on the court through drills. They made sure we were mentally tough and making sure nobody can take you out your game that you like to do and have been working on. Told us stories about life that can help us and stories about what we shouldn’t do. I just thank God for sports, thank coach Bruce and the rest of the coaching staff, Ms. Murfy and Ms. Christensen for staying on me with the choices I made in school.

– Jamarr Hutchins, New Haven Class of 2020

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