Top 10 Indiana High School Basketball Teams Since 2000

Indiana is known for its high school basketball. In 1990, the Hoosier Dome saw a record crowd of 41,046 fans for the State Finals.

Hoosier State produced the No. 1 team in the nation in 2005-06 as Lawrence North (Indianapolis) went 29-0 en route to the Class 4A state title.
That got us wondering where Lawrence North stacks up against the best teams in the state since the turn of the century. By evaluating resumes, national rankings and roster talent, we’ve put together a list of Indiana’s top teams since 2000. See the full breakdown below.

Photo: Randy Sartin

Trey Lyles in action for Arsenal Tech in his final year in 2013.

Indiana’s top 10 teams since 2000

Registration: 29-0

National ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Mike Conley, Greg Oden, Brandon McDonald, Qadr Owen, Damian Windham

Tiredness: Oden and Conley guided the Wildcats to 45 straight wins and three straight state titles, culminating in a national title in their senior campaigns. Oden was perhaps the most dominant high school center of the 2000s, averaging 22.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks while shooting 74% from the field in his senior year. .

Registration: 29-0

National ranking: No. 2

Notable players: David Barlow, Justin Cage, Courtney Lee, Robert Vaden, Darren Yates

Tiredness: Behind the 2003 Indiana Mr. Basketball Cage and future NBA guard Lee, the Blue Devils topped the table in impressive fashion. Pike capped his title run with a 65-52 victory over DeKalb led by a team-high 21 points from Vaden, 14 points and 13 rebounds from Cage and 15 points from Lee.

Registration: 28-1

National ranking: No. 7

Notable players: Matt Backs, Todd Chin, Allen Miller, Reggie Nevels, Zach Randolph

Tiredness: Future NBA star Randolph exploded for 28 points and nine rebounds on 13 of 22 from the field in a 62-56 victory in the Class 4A state title game against Bloomington North. Randolph largely outplayed Mr. Basketball’s selection Jared Jeffries, who shot just 5 of 17 from the field. The state championship was Marion’s second in three seasons and seventh overall.

4. Lawrence North, 2004-05

Registration: 24-2

National ranking: Number 6

Notable players: Donald Cloutier, Mike Conley, Brandon McPherson, Greg Oden, Tyler Morris

Tiredness: Oden, then a junior, displayed his dominance in the state championship game, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for 14 of 19 from the field as Lawrence North cruised to a 63-52 victory over Muncie Central ( Muncie). Senior guard McPherson was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 11 points in the second of North’s three straight championships.

Registration: 27-2

National ranking: #3

Notable players: Mikey Jones, Trey Lyles, Jeremie Tyler, CJ Walker, Josh Whitfield

Tiredness: Led by Lyles, who averaged 23.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists en route to Mr. Basketball honors, Tech won its only state title. The Titans have quality out-of-state wins over Ballard (Louisville, Ky.), Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) and Villa Angela-St Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio) as well as Central electricity independent of the State La Lumiere (La Porte).

Registration: 26-0

National ranking: No. 9

Notable players: Chaz Cooper, Darwin Davis Jr., Eric Fromm, Jordan Hulls, Spencer Turner

Tiredness: Boast of the largest margin of victory in the state, beating opponents by more than 24 points per contest en route to the Class 4A state title. The Panthers, led by three senior starters in Cooper, Davis and Hulls, cruised to a big victory over their only outside opponent Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) 73-67 at the end of the year.

7. Lawrence North, 2003-04

Registration: 29-2

National ranking: No. 8

Notable players: Mike Conley, Brandon McPherson, Greg Oden, Stefan Routt, Anthony Sargent

Tiredness: This group laid the foundation for one of the most dominant streaks in Hoosier State history as Lawrence North finished the season in the top 10 nationally in each of his three consecutive title runs. of state. Oden and Conley led the way in a 50-29 fight against Columbia City in the 4A title game.

Registration: 32-0

National ranking: No. 14

Notable players: David Bell, Jesse Bingham, Antwaan Cushingberry, Dean Tate, Jakobie Robinson

Tiredness: The Warriors were tested throughout the 2017-18 season with 15 games decided by eight points or less and 10 games decided by five points or less. Senior guard Tate led all scorers with 22 points in the Warriors’ 54-48 win over Carmel in the 4A state title game to cap the unbeaten streak.

Registration: 26-1

National ranking: No. 16

Notable players: Luke Heady, John Michael Mulloy, Andrew Owens, Pete Suder, Karsten Windlan
Tiredness: After losing to Brownsburg 52-50 in January, the Greyhounds rallied to win 15 straight games to close out the season.

ten. Caramel, 2012-13

Registration: 25-2

National ranking: No. 15

Notable players: Ryan Cline, James Crowley, Zach McRoberts, James Volovic, Michael Volovic

Tiredness: After firing three starters from their state title run in 2011-12, the Greyhounds were able to repeat as Class 4A champions with a 57-53 victory over Cathedral (Indianapolis). Michael Volovic led the way with 19 points and seven assists on 7 of 12 from the field while Crowley had 14 points while connecting on 7 of 8 free throw attempts.