Region Roundball Rumble

Cathedral a team of Division-I

2011-12-27T18:15:00Z 2011-12-28T06:20:24Z Cathedral a team of Division-IBy Paul Shepherd Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 27, 2011 6:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Like many of his Cathedral High School basketball teammates, Garrett Hall has the pedigree.

His father, David Hall, starred on the basketball team at Hammond High School during the early 1990s, before playing college ball at Ball State.

"We're both known as shooters for our teams and for pretty aggressive drives to the basket," Garrett Hall said of the similarities between father and son. "Him playing at a higher level definitely impacted me coming up playing basketball. He's always been there to help me develop my game. He's always made me want to be the kind of player that he was and to play good Division-I basketball at a high level."

There are several stories similar to Hall's for the Class 4A Irish, who are ranked 12th by the Indiana Basketball Coaches' Association and take a 5-1 record into Saturday's game against Bowman Academy in The Times' Roundball Rumble at East Central High School.

Cathedral coach Andy Fagan is blessed with a trio of players either who have either signed or are being recruited at the Division-I level. Senior Jared Drew, signed to play at Saint Louis, is a slashing, high-flying 6-6 forward. Junior 6-6 Indiana recruit Collin Hartman provides solid shooting and rebounding from the wing. Freshman Jalen Coleman, a 6-2 guard, already has offers from Indiana and Notre Dame. All three players are averaging about 12 points per game for the balanced Irish.

Junior point guard Mo Evans (8.8 points, 6 assists) runs the offense and defense for the Irish. He -- along with Josh Sullen, Devin Dixon, David Hill, Carlos Knox and Hall -- are all capable of playing at the collegiate level, Fagan said.

"We have a number of guys that are capable of having a big night pretty much every night out," the second-year Cathedral coach added.

The Irish also have a number of players raised by parents who know what it's like to compete at the highest level.

Dixon's father, Randy, played professional football for the Indianapolis Colts and his mother played college basketball for Pittsburgh. Knox's father, Carlos Sr., was a scoring machine during the 1990s at IUPUI and remains the school's all-time leading scorer. Hartman's mother played basketball at Butler.

"We've got a lot of guys whose parents have had success," Fagan said. "We're around kids who are used to that. They grew up in households where their parents were athletes. That (competitiveness) is just something the kids are around a lot"

Fagan is looking forward to that competitiveness shine through for the Irish in their first return to the Roundball Rumble since its inaugural year in 1999, when Cathedral beat Chesterton 63-60.

"We thought it'd be a great opportunity for us to play in a marquee event," Fagan said. "There's obviously a lot of tradition. You have good teams. (Plus), we always think it's good each year to take one or two trips where we have to get on a bus and travel to go play a good, quality team like Bowman Academy with high-level players comparable to what you'd see in the (postseason) tournament."

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