IHSAA denies appeal; Hopf to sit at Barr-Reeve

From Herald staff reports

Curt Hopf, the 6-foot-7 junior who transferred last June from Forest Park to Barr-Reeve and who has caught the eye of recruiters from Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska and the University of Evansville, will not be playing basketball for his new school this school year.

That’s the determination of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, which upheld its original ruling from August, denying Hopf’s appeal to play for the Vikings.


Although the IHSAA has declined to comment about Hopf and its ruling — IHSAA sports information director Jason Willie said the state’s governing body for high school athletics does not comment on transfer cases — the Hopf family has indicated it will pursue the appeal further.

Barr-Reeve coach Josh Thompson said Hopf and his family are pursuing “the next step in the process,” and Michael Jasaitis, the attorney representing Hopf and his parents, also said the family is appealing the decision to the state department of education.

According to IHSAA bylaws, students cannot transfer from one school to another primarily for athletic reasons. If that’s the case, the player is ineligible to play varsity sports for one year after the transfer.

Hopf played his freshman and sophomore years at Forest Park before the stunning announcement in June that he was transferring to Barr-Reeve. The younger brother of 2007 Indiana All-Star Clint Hopf, Curt is considered the No. 12 player in the state by the IndyStar for the Class of 2021.

As a sophomore, he averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds for a 15-10 Forest Park team. In his freshman year, the Rangers had a 25-5 record and reached the Class 2A state finals. A year ago, Barr-Reeve lost in the Class A championship game.

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