Summer schedule tests Red Devils

Summer schedule tests Red Devils

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Summer schedule tests Red Devils

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Richmond’s offseason basketball schedule has already taken the Red Devils to Ball State, with stops at Missouri State, Purdue, Indiana State and Wright State upcoming.

Pencil in a day on the Devils’ home court, too.

The Richmond High School Boys Basketball Shootout is Thursday at Tiernan Center, with games played on Tiernan Center’s main floor, the auxiliary gym and on Tiernan’s upstairs east court.

“We try to give our guys a lot of different opportunities in the summer, not only individual workouts, but some team practice stuff and a chance to play some quality opponents,” said RHS coach Joe Luce. “This year our schedule has been diverse. We have been lots of different places, but we’re probably looking as forward as anything to playing at home on Thursday.”

Games begin at 12:30 p.m. on all three courts. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Participating varsity teams include Richmond, Tri-Village, Northeastern, Evansville Bosse, Winchester, Centerville and Wapahani.

Richmond, Twin Valley South, Winchester, Centerville and Wapahani will field JV teams.

“We have some really good teams coming in,” Luce said. “It’s a chance to be around some guys we are good friends with. We can have a chance to talk about what we see in each other’s teams and just continue to improve.

“It’s a good opportunity to come out and see a little bit of what next year will look like.”

The RHS varsity is scheduled to face Wapahani in the auxiliary gym at 4:30 and Evansville Bosse on the main Tiernan floor at 5:30.

“Hopefully we’ll get some people who will be out and see what some of the area teams will be like, as well as support our Red Devils and watch us play against some good competition,” Luce said.

Richmond finished 22-3 last season, winning the North Central Conference outright with a perfect 6-0 record.

The Red Devils also claimed their first sectional title since 1996 — and 63rd overall — by winning the Class 4A Sectional 9 tournament at New Castle.

Richmond’s Joel Okafor, who will be a senior for the 2014-15 season, competed earlier this month with the Indiana Junior All-Stars.

“We have a chance to be really good again. We have a different group, not quite as big,” Luce said. “The two who have started since they were freshman (guards Okafor and Davious Webster) bring lots of game experience, and now championship experience that will help with some of our younger guys, and some of the transition they will be making to varsity basketball.

“We have a good formula for kids from the JV stepping up and being successful varsity players. I think the success of our younger players has really been key.”

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