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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Basketball News / The Top-7 Indiana High School Basketball Teams of All-Time

The Top-7 Indiana High School Basketball Teams of All-Time

Indiana's greatest high school squads
Publish Date: 10/11/2020
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Source: Stadium Journey

7) Milan, 1954

The Indians are famous for the upset that led to the movie, but this was a great team. Number one, they made it to the Final 4 in 1953, and of course, they won it all in 1954, but did you know they beat Crispus Attucks and Oscar Robertson to get to the Final 4? The Indians were led by Bobby Plump and Ray Craft, but this entire team was very good and the wins over Attucks and Muncie central proved that. Check out the top basketball odds.

6) Lawrence North, 2006

Greg Oden, the 7-foot center, dominated the post for four seasons and was a runaway IndyStar Mr. Basketball. In the final 3 years for Oden North they had a superlative record of 72-4. Mike Conley was also on this team and went on to have an outstanding NBA career. I probably rated them a little lower because of Class Basketball, meaning the competition was not as good. With all that being said, North would have a shot against any team on this list.

Video: 2006 IHSAA Class 4A State Championship: Lawrence North 80, Muncie Central 56

2006 IHSAA Class 4A State Championship: Lawrence North 80, Muncie Central 56

5) Indianapolis Washington, 1969

George McGinnis scored 148 points in his last four games of the 69-state tournament for a 37-point average. In an All-Star game against Kentucky he had 53 points and 30 rebounds. McGinnis was as dominant as any player in Indiana high school basketball history and don’t forget future Hoosier Steve Downing was also on this team, so it was not just a one-man show.

Video: 1969 IHSAA State Championship: Indianapolis Washington 79, Gary Tolleston 76

1969 IHSAA State Championship: Indianapolis Washington 79, Gary Tolleston 76

4) Gary Roosevelt, 1991

Glenn Robinson! That is all you need to know here. I am kidding, Roosevelt had a great team and a great coach in Ron Heflin. Robinson vs. Alan Henderson was the comparison all season long in the state of Indiana until the final game. Robinson dominated and Roosevelt spanked Brebeuf Jesuit 51-32.

Video: 1991 IHSAA State Championship: Gary Roosevelt 51, Brebeuf 32

1991 IHSAA State Championship: Gary Roosevelt 51, Brebeuf 32

3) Crispus Attucks, 1955

The year before this Attucks lost to Milan in the Semi-State Final. 1955 was different as Attucks became the first all-black team to win state and the first team based in Indianapolis to win the State Championship. Attucks, of course, were led by one of the greatest players in basketball history, Oscar Robertson. However, the Crispus Attucks were not a one-man show.

They had Willie Merriweather, who played at Purdue and is an Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer. Albert Maxey played at Nebraska and is an Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer too. So, three Hall of Famers is not bad! Attucks dominated Gary Roosevelt in the championship game 97-74 as Robertson scored 30 and Merriweather added 21. Attucks would win it all in 1956 also.

Video: 1955 IHSAA State Championship: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks 97, Gary Roosevelt 74

1955 IHSAA State Championship: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks 97, Gary Roosevelt 74

2) East Chicago Washington, 1971

Pete Trgovich. This 6-6 wing player averaged 22.4 points per game and went to play for John Wooden at UCLA, where he was part of three national championship teams. There was more to this team, though. Throw in Junior Bridgeman and Tim Stoddard and you had three great players all on the same team in high school. EC Washington won 70-60 over Elkhart in the State Title game with Trgovich scoring 28 points and Stoddard adding 19. Trgovich scored 40 points in the State Semifinal. Check out the top basketball betting sites.

1) Marion, 1987

Head Coach Bill Green also won the 1969 Title at Indianapolis Washington and then went to Marion and won back-to-back titles in 1975-76. Then before his career was over he topped both of those feats by winning three straight from 1985-87 behind one of the greatest back-courts in Indiana high school history, with Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones.

Over that 3-year span, the Giants went 84-4 to go with three-straight State Titles. ย They dominated Richmond in the State Title game 69-56, with Edwards scoring 35 points and Jones 23. In the early game, Marion beat freshman Damon Bailey and Bedford North Lawrence 70-61.

Video: 1987 IHSAA State Championship: Marion 69, Richmond 56

1987 IHSAA State Championship: Marion 69, Richmond 56

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