Becher signs letter to play basketball at UIndyMay 8, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
Murray Becher’s dream to play college basketball dates back to when he was in elementary school, but now he doesn’t have to dream about it anymore. He will soon be living it.
The Heritage Hills all-time leading scorer recently signed his letter of intent to continue his basketball career at the University of Indianapolis, an NCAA Division II program. Becher announced his decision to commit at UIndy at the end of April, and he inked not long afterward.
“UIndy just stood out, be it just the coaching staff,” Becher said. “They obviously have a winning culture, as they were really good last year.”
He’s joining a Greyhounds squad that went 24-6 in 2019-20. Becher himself is coming from a winning culture. He played a crucial role in the Patriots going 22-3 and winning their final 17 games of the season. Becher helped lead the Pats to a 79-53 win March 7 in the Boonville sectional championship game for their first title since 2003.
Becher is especially motivated to get back on the basketball court since the COVID-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of the rest of the postseason tournament not long after the Pats won the sectional.
“I’m really ready,” he said. “It was hard to end the season like that, but at least we ended the season on a win, which is good, and a lot of teams didn’t get to do that.”
Heritage Hills coach Nate Hawkins noted it didn’t take long for him to notice the potential Becher had to play at the next level. Becher came off the bench for his first high school game against North Harrison on Nov. 26, 2016. He scored 13 points, helping the Pats to a 60-50 win, and the rest was history. Becher became a permanent starter on Dec. 2, 2016, in a 55-38 triumph at Evansville Day.
“He was just able to do so many things,” Hawkins said. “One of the biggest challenges that I had for Murray, especially at a young age, was he needed to get stronger, and he needed to be able to guard the other team’s better perimeter players, and he was at once able to accomplish those things, he got so much stronger over the course of those four years.”
Hawkins recalled when Heritage Hills played in the Dec. 28 Hall of Fame Classic, when Becher and the Pats took on Silver Creek, their scheduled regional opponent, in their first game. Heritage Hills lost, 82-78, in overtime, but he held Kooper Jacobi, who has gotten Division I offers, to four points in that game.
He will miss Becher’s skills and his ability to score, having posted a school record 1,703 points in his career. However, what Hawkins will miss most about Becher was him being around and how hard he worked every day with a determination to get to the highest level he could get. He added the North Spencer scoring leader also was a great leader by example. Hawkins anticipates Murray will still be around Heritage Hills in some capacity, since his younger brother, Marcus, will be a sophomore on the team next year.
Hawkins added that Murray still has a lot of room to grow as a great player, and is looking forward to watching him grow for the next four years.
“You’re talking in Division II — you’re talking about Murray Becher going to the highest of conferences,” he said. “That Great Lakes Valley Conference is incredible. So, at the Division II level, you probably ain’t going to find anything any better than UIndy and the teams that are in that conference.”
Murray believes he brings versatility, defense and an ability to score to the Greyhounds. He knows everybody at the next level is more athletic, stronger, quicker and taller, and he has to work on all of that, plus more. Murray is looking to put on five to 10 pounds of lean muscle as a means of getting ready for his freshman season.
“I’m just going to have to come in and not take any days off, and not slack off any days, just giving it all 100 percent every single day in practice,” Murray said.
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