With Jaren Jackson Jr. planning to transfer to La Lumiere, Kobe Webster’s role as a senior at Park Tudor becomes even more important.
Webster, a 6-foot guard, averaged 14.5 points and 3.7 assists last season. Park Tudor will need Webster to help offset the loss of the 6-10 Jackson under first-year coach Michael Shelton.
“Next season we’re going to be on a mission,” Webster said. “We’re ready to turn that page with a new coach. We’re expecting to do well. Standards don’t change. We want to make it back to Bankers Life and give ourselves a chance to win state again.”
Webster, who is playing with Pocket City Basketball this July, currently has offers from Ball State and Western Illinois. Other schools have kept in touch with Webster, including Purdue and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He’ll play his final tournament in front of college coaches this weekend at the Sunflower Showcase in Kansas City.
“These three weeks in July are big for me,” he said. “Hopefully I can pick up some more offers and have some different options. I’d like to take a few more visits and see (where I’m at) when the school season comes around.”
A lot has changed since Webster arrived at Park Tudor as a freshman. He played as a reserve on the Trevon Bluiett-led state championship team in 2014 and was a key contributor on the Panthers’ Class 2A title team in 2015. Park Tudor started last season 5-0 but the program – and school – was rocked by the resignation of coach Kyle Cox, who was arrested in February after he allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl. His sentencing is set for later this month.
Park Tudor finished 20-5 last season, losing in the Class 3A regional to Brebeuf Jesuit.
For Webster, the goal is to play as well as he can the rest of July and then explore his options. There may be some pressure to make a decision before a spot is taken at Ball State or Western Illinois, if those are his options.
“That’s kind of in the back of my head,” he said. “But coach (Billy Wright at Western Illinois) and (James Whitford at Ball State) seem like loyal coaches and want to learn more about me and respect our relationship. On the floor, they like my leadership and being able to talk to people and direct traffic. They like that I can find open teammates and create for myself.”