When Xavier University (27-5) takes the floor tonight to play Weber State (26-8) in the East Region of the NCAA tournament at St. Louis, the Wildcats will have to contend with a Musketeer who is no stranger to Connersville’s Spartan Bowl, and a player who seemed to enjoy playing in the ‘Grand Palace on Grand Avenue’ as much as any player who ever did.
Xavier sophomore star Trevon Bluiett played six games in the Bowl during his high school career as a member of the Park Tudor High School Panthers.
The 6-6 Bluiett helped lead the Panthers to two Class 2A regional titles here, a stepping stone on the path to three state championships for PT with Bluiett in uniform.
Bluiett scored 40 points against Indianapolis Crispus Attucks during a regional semifinal game in 2014, and was a man among boys against anyone in an opponent’s uniform during regional games at the Bowl, using his length, speed, a total bomb shot and a seemingly effortless ability to take the ball to the basket — with several pound-the-rim jams and nice drop-off passes for assists the result.
Averaging a team-leading 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists for Xavier, Bluiett has the 4th-highest single-season scoring average in Indiana high school hoops history, finishing the 2013-14 season with a 35.7 average.
He scored 1,000 points in 28 games as a senior, with a high of 54 against Indianapolis Covenant Christian on Dec. 14, 2013. He topped the 50 mark a second time, pouring in 51 against Indianapolis Tech on Jan. 4, 2014.
Carmel’s Dave Shepherd (1,079), New Castle’s Steve Alford (1,078) and Indianapolis Washington’s George McGinnis (1,019) are the only players in Hoosier Hoops history to score more points during a season than Bluiett.
His career points total is 2,568 points, good for 6th place on the all-time Indiana list.
In post-game interviews at the Bowl, Bluiett always came across as a sincerely nice young man who was graced with humbleness, displayed an eagerness to improve and grow in life and in the sport of basketball, and someone who was truly appreciative of where he was and confident about his future.
So far, so good for Trevon Bluiett — an excellent example of a young fella who, through family, friends, school, coaches and more — has encountered that totally addictive pleasure and passion known as Hoosier Hysteria, and has made the most of it, with more and better things destined to come.
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