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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / The 6 Greatest Pure Shooters in Indiana High School Basketball History

The 6 Greatest Pure Shooters in Indiana High School Basketball History

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Publish Date: 12/22/2022
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6. Kellen Dunham, Pendelton Heights

In his senior season, Dunham averaged 29.5 points per game and shot 92.1% from the free-throw line, leading the state of Indiana in both categories. He scored 45 points against Alexandria High School. Dunham was named Madison County Player of the Year as a senior after helping Pendleton Heights to a 23–3 record. Dunham was twice named All-State. Dunham finished third in Indiana Mr. Basketball voting, behind Gary Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He was named Herald Bulletin Player of the Year as a senior. He holds the record for the all-time leading scorer at Pendleton Heights with 1,899 points and led the Arabians to back-to-back sectional titles. Sam Alford claimed Dunham may have been the greatest high school shooter he ever saw. 

Video: Butler Commit Kellen Dunham Highlight Mixtape

Butler Commit Kellen Dunham Highlight Mixtape

5. Larry Bird, Springs Valley

Bird’s high school career seems to get lost in the shuffle due to the legend he grew to be in college and later the NBA, but make no mistake, Bird was a legendary high school player.  He averaged 31 points and 21 rebounds per game during his senior season at Springs Valley. It gets overlooked because Larry never got his team past the regional round.

Video: Springs Valley vs Loogootee (Larry Bird)

Springs Valley vs Loogootee (Larry Bird)

4. Ray Pavy, New Castle

Pavy was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball in 1959 to Jimmy Rayl and the two of them put on one of the greatest shooting displays in the history of Hoosier Hysteria in the famously called “Church street shootout game”. Pavy scored an incredible 51 points, while Rayl scored 49. The combined 100-point game did not have a three-point line either. Pavy would go on to play at Indiana where a tragic automobile accident would leave him paralyzed and end his promising career.

Video: DASA 2017: Ray Pavy

DASA 2017: Ray Pavy

3. Jimmy Rayl, Kokomo

Jimmy Rayl embodied Hoosier Hysteria as well as anyone. For him, basketball was far more than a game to be played. It was a genuine passion; you could tell it whenever you saw him on the court. His range was unprecedented, and the arc on his shot seemed to almost touch the rafters before falling through the net. The rivalry between Rayl and Ray Pavy was as good as any in the Indiana high school basketball annals.

He was 1959’s Indiana Mr. Basketball and the recipient of the Trester Award for the state of Indiana his senior year. Over three seasons, he recorded 1,632 points as a Kokomo Wildcat and 1,401 career points with the Indiana University Hoosiers. Rayl twice scored an IU school record of 56 points in a game, a feat that still is untouched.

Video: Remembering Jimmy Rayl's fantastic basketball life

Remembering Jimmy Rayl’s fantastic basketball life

2. Steve Alford, New Castle

All-time single-game and career scoring leader for New Castle Chrysler High School, Alford scored 57 points in 1983 semi-state, 2,116 career points… Two years All-State, three years All-NCC, 1983 Mr. Basketball… played for his father, HOF coach Sam Alford. Just imagine if a three-point line had existed for Alford? He was great in the clutch and was as automatic as anyone who ever lived at the free-throw line.

Video: Broad Ripple Rockets Basketball Against New Castle 1983

Broad Ripple Rockets Basketball Against New Castle 1983

1. Rick Mount, Lebanon

Mount was the first-ever high school basketball player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. He would later lead the Purdue Boilermakers to the NCAA title game before losing to UCLA. Mount led his Lebanon Tigers in scoring, including 33.1 ppg throughout his junior and senior seasons.

His skill attract national attention. In 1965, Lebanon played Crawfordsville High School at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. With more than 10,000 people in attendance, he scored 57 points in the game. At the end of his senior year, he won the Indiana “Mr. Basketball” award and was named “USA Basketball Yearbook Player of the Year,” given to the nation’s best high school player. He finished his Lebanon career with 2,595 points, currently the sixth-highest total in Indiana high school history. Mount is unquestionably the greatest shooter that Hoosier Hysteria has ever seen.

Video: Rick Mount Highlights

Rick Mount Highlights

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