Boys’ Basketball 2015 Review
The boys’ basketball team finished its season with a 15-7 record, extending the program’s streak of seasons with 10 wins or more to 13 seasons. Only 21 boys’ basketball programs in Indiana have an active streak of at least 13 seasons of 10 wins or more. In 46 seasons of basketball at Roncalli, this year’s team is only the seventh to win at least 15 games. From January 20 through February 6, the team won six straight games for the program’s longest winning streak since 2011-12. The seven road wins this season is the highest total since the 2011-12 season. This year’s team played eight games against teams ranked in the top 64 of the Sagarin computer state rankings, including a win over Scecina Memorial, one of the top teams in Class 2A. Four Roncalli opponents – Park Tudor, Lutheran, Lafayette Central Catholic and Franklin Central – won sectional titles and the Rebels beat all but Park Tudor.
Senior guard Jimmy King led the team in scoring and set 12 school records. Among them were single-game points (46), single-season scoring average (24.4), single-season points (536), single-season free throw percentage (.908) and career assists (280). In his final high school game, King became the third player in program history to score over 1,000 points, finishing his career with 1,012. Senior guard Max Clifford also averaged in double figures (10.1 points per game). Senior forward Danny Annee led the team in rebounding with a 5.4 per game average. Senior guard Myles Sturdivant was one of three players – along with King and Annee – to start all 22 games. Senior forward Joe Swan and senior guard Tyler Schoettle combined to average over seven points and five rebounds per game while appearing in all 22 games.
Jimmy King was tabbed as a first team All-Marion County selection and finished third in the Marion County Player of the Year balloting, as voted on by the county coaches. King was also named Large School (3A & 4A) All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA). During the season, he won player of the week honors from the IBCA and BSN Sports. He was invited to play in the North/South All-Star Game, the Hickory Husker All-Star Game, the City/County All-Star Game and the East/West All-Star Game. Max Clifford was invited to play in the East/West All-Star Game and was named an alternate for the City/County Game. King, Clifford and fellow seniors Myles Sturdivant and Tyler Schoettle were nominated for the Academic All-State team. Those four players, along with seniors Danny Anne and Joe Swan were also nominated for the Kiwanis Academic Luncheon. Schoettle also won the Main Source Bank Academic Award. For the second straight season, King was named team MVP and Swan earned the team’s Mental Attitude Award.
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