He’s too short.
He doesn’t play against good competition.
When it comes to most conversations about Hartford City, Ind.’s Luke Brown, there are questions.
Most folks in and around Hartford City have no doubt, but beyond, the questions persist.
But there is also a reason why Luke Brown is becoming a household name in Indiana.
Brown averaged 35.0 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game for his sophomore season at Blackford High School.
The 6-foot-1 guard shot better than 50 percent from the field overall and 38 percent from behind the 3-point line on 210 attempts.
But again, there are questions. Brown is putting up those insane numbers at Class 2A Blackford against a less than stellar schedule.
But again, those numbers. Brown has already scored 1,222 career points despite missing part of his freshman season. He reached the 1,000 point mark in just 32 games — seven games faster than Damon Bailey.
That’s just how most conversations go regarding Brown right now. Wow…..but.
If Blackford advances deep into the state tournament the next two years and Brown keeps up or improves upon his sophomore scoring pace — he just might catch Bailey’s Indiana boys high school all-time scoring record. It would take nearly 2,000 more points to surpass Bailey 3,134 career mark.
Brown is playing this spring against higher level competition for the U16 Indiana Elite AAU program. While statistics aren’t available, we are hearing good things — like around 15 to 20 points per game, and more than five assists per contest.
More than just a scorer, it’s Brown’s passing that seems to be garnering the most attention. We’ve heard the expression “pleasantly surprised” more than once.
And people are noticing. Division one offers have come in from Ball State and Iona.
There are discussions with high majors, including Purdue and Butler.
As for Indiana? Brown is on the radar. He’s a name to know. That’s all we can say for sure.
How will things progress? It’s too soon to say, you know, because of the questions.
Brown has two more years of high school left. This story is still being written. Things will go where they go.
Yes, there are questions. And they will eventually be answered.
But for now, it’s time to just enjoy another great high school basketball story in the Hoosier state.
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