News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 9, 2013

RONN MOTT: Basketball 2012-13

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — Wait a minute … you mean R.J. Mahurin is leaving the Sycamore basketball program?

Let’s see, he’s about 6-8, or 6-9, has a better than average three-point shot, can play underneath and outside, of course, to get that shot, and he’s leaving to go to an NAIA program? Why in the world is he leaving?  

Well, he has this brother (younger brother) who is going to be playing at Indiana Wesleyan and, unless you take the Indianapolis newspaper, you probably have never heard of them, or even got to read a box score. Who is this brother anyway? He’s a 6-6 or 6-7 guard who led the Rockville Rox in rebounding and scoring this year, and is the son of a coach. He’s been chewing on the rind of a basketball his entire life. He was, arguably, the top basketball talent in the Wabash Valley this season.

I guess the next question is, why isn’t he going to Indiana State? Let me see, a 6-7 guy who can handle the ball like a 5-10 guard, can shoot it and score, and he’s a decent defender.  We can’t use him at Indiana State?

My guess is Lane Mahurin could play on just about any basketball team I can think of. And because he is not going to wear the blue and white of ISU, his older, taller brother is going elsewhere. There must be something else about this I don’t know, and that is certainly a possibility.

Two local guys, sons of a coach, decent students, and we’re not going to have either one of them to cheer for in Terre Haute? Like I said, there may be something I do not know. But to lose a 6-9 wing man/forward and not have young Mahurin doesn’t make any sense.

So, please, let me know the next time we have a high school team from some small town that beats big schools like Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South, and are led by a 6-7 rebounder and scorer and we don’t have him.  

Fan loyalty is built from the bottom up. That is, the new kids we know and are cheering for are leading the way. It doesn’t mean they will be NBA players, but it does mean they should be here in their senior years when they are at their peak of basketball skills.

I just don’t get it.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.