Becher gains valuable experience from All-Star trip

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Heritage Hills' standout basketball player Murray Becher represented the state of Indiana this past Saturday in the annual Indiana-Kentucky Basketball All-Star series. He had eight points (six from downtown), two rebounds and two assists for the Indiana Junior All-Stars blue group in a 115-104 loss.

By HENDRIX MAGLEY
hmagley@dcherald.com

When Murray Becher found out he was going to be representing the state of Indiana in the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Basketball Series, he admits that he was rather surprised — in fact, that may be an understatement.

“I was a little shocked,” the Heritage Hills’ soon-to-be senior guard admitted. “It just goes to show you that hard work will pay off as long as you keep at it.”

Becher was a member of the Indiana Junior All-Stars’ blue group that competed against Kentucky at Trinity High School in Louisville this past Saturday.

While the Indiana team was defeated 115-104, Becher had his fair share of nice plays. He had a total of eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes of action. Six of his eight points came from the three-point line, including one big shot that gave the Indiana All-Stars a 95-94 lead late in the game.

“I felt that I played pretty well, I distributed the ball well and when I got my chances I hit some shots,” Becher said. “I just took advantage of the chances that I had.”

Becher, who joined Heritage Hills' 1,000-point scoring club last season as only a junior, played alongside several of the state’s top juniors on Saturday including fellow southern Indiana athletes such as Evansville Bosse’s Kiyron Powell and Bloomington South’s Anthony Leal and Noah Jager.

The best part about the experience? Competing against not only some of the top players in a different state but also playing alongside players he had never competed with.

“Being able to see some new faces and going up against some of the top players in the state of Kentucky was just a fun experience,” Becher said. “It helps you see where you kind of rank in the state and it’s really just a good learning experience overall.”

Entering his senior season, it’s no secret that Becher has aspirations of continuing his basketball career post-high school.

Going up against and playing alongside players that have Division I collegiate offers helped to show him what he can expect if he takes his talents to the next level.

“Most of those guys have offers from everywhere — a lot of them even have offers from Big Ten programs,” Becher said. “It’s great to be able to play against guys that will be playing at the next level.”

Now that the school year has ended, Becher will be spending a lot of time this summer playing with the Louisville Legends — one of the top AAU basketball teams in the area.

But he’ll also be spending a lot of time alongside his Heritage Hills’ teammates as they prepare for another extremely successful season — they’re just hoping their postseason run can stretch a little further this time around.

“We’re really hungry,” Becher said. “We’ve been working at open gyms, playing together at practices and then we all play with our AAU teams on the weekends. We just want to come back and get that sectional we didn’t get last year — we’re going to keep working everyday for it.”




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