Nick Hutcheson of Greencastle recently helped the Indiana Elite Central Stars basketball team to a spectacular summer season while gaining national attention.
The Central Stars, a 14-and-under team, finished the summer with a 43-7 record, including a terrific finish to their season.
The Central Stars won their age group championships at the Hoosier Shootout and Best of the Midwest tournaments in Indianapolis as well as winning the 14-and-under championship of the prestigious Main Event tournament in Las Vegas in July to cap their season.
In the 52-team Main Event tournament that drew squads from 17 states and two Canadian provinces, the Central Stars overmatched their early opponents.
The team went 3-0 in pool play beating opponents from Alberta, Texas and Colorado by an average of more than 40 points, giving up just over 25 points per game.
As the top seed in their tournament, the Central Stars played their best defense of the season on their march to the Main Event championship.
They beat the Ohio Basketball Club 59-53, topped Team Texas in the semifinals 53-48, and then took the championship in a 46-44 overtime win over Dream Vision (Calif.).
In the championship, after trailing at halftime, the Central Stars held Dream Vision to only 14 second-half points to take the victory.
During the week of three major tournaments in Las Vegas, the Central Stars were one of only two Indiana-based teams to win their overall championship and out of 25 Indiana-based teams they were the only high school-aged squad to win their title.
Hutcheson, an incoming freshman at Greencastle High School, appeared in 43 of the 50 games, finished third on the team in blocked shots, and was fifth in rebounding.