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Posted On: 11/28/18 6:42 AM
With a little over a week into the season, we have some interesting storylines to watch. Some individuals area already putting up massive numbers and a team is looking to compete for the best in their area for the first time in a while. Now, we look at Kayden Key’s offensive output, Noah Hupman’s intriuiging start and upside, and Harrison’s competition for best team in the Lafayette area.
Kayden Key’s Output
Frankton has been one of the best teams in the state for their class for a while now and while Kayden Key is just another player in a long line of talent to come out of the program, this is his time and he’s taking full advantage of it.
Last night, Frankton rebounded from a tough loss to Lapel with a convincing 73-55 win over Muncie Burris. Key put up another strong outing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He’s averaging 26 points per game right now. He had 34 in the game against Lapel. While he wasn’t the biggest scorer this summer for his AAU program, I think he is showing now why if you put him in the right situation in college, he could blossom. 78 points in your first three games of your senior season will go a long way.
Hupman’s Intriguing Start
There are a number of factors to think about with Evansville Day’s Noah Hupman. Some good, some bad. For starters, playing for a very, very small 1A school in southern Indiana isn’t going to help a ton. The fact that he’s as thin as he is for another. But, he’s approaching 7’1 and long and putting up strong numbers despite those things.
In last night’s 63-58 win over Mount Carmel (IL), Noah put up 10 points with 10 blocks and 7 rebounds. He also had 22 points, 14 blocks, and 12 rebounds against Mount Vernon. He’s going to have some crazy stat lines like this this year. Triple-doubles and all. The hardest part will be what to make of it. Does this translate against better teams? Can he parlay this into the summer. Regardless, even at a small 1A program, he’s making waves already, just three games in. We’ll just wait and see how this all plays out.
So, just two games into this season and Harrison will be looking to make a statement with their next three games. On Friday, they will play their second game of the Franciscan Health Classic against Central Catholic. They just got done beating West Lafayette. And, if they do win on Friday, they will likely play Lafayette Jeff. Then come back a week later and play Lafayette Jeff again.
Why is this important? Well, this might be the best chance that Harrison has had in the last decade to take the reigns as the best team in the Lafayette area. They have a key junior in Jordan Walters who put up 22 points and 9 rebounds last night and has grown to 6’7 to give them some legit size. They have a sophomore guard in Max Jacobsen who is about as tough as they come and had 17 points last night. They have other key pieces as well and they already knocked off, albeit a team still missing pieces from a football state title, West Lafayette team that should be pretty good this year. Central Catholic is good but beatable and really only Lafayette Jeff stands in their way and they could have two chances at them in the next week and a half.