Trey Galloway might have a setup unlike any other high school basketball player in the country.
Galloway, who will go into his senior season as one of the top contenders for IndyStar Mr. Basketball, lives with a roommate in the Main Barracks Battery B at Culver Military Academy, a college preparatory boarding school in northern Indiana located on 1,850 acres nestled next to Lake Maxinkuckee.
In quiet Culver, a community of just over 1,400 in Marshall County, Indiana, Galloway does not need a driver’s license. “The gym is close,” he said. “And we have a golf cart. But everything I need around here is in walking distance.”
If Galloway needs a break from the dorm, his home — where parents Mark and Dawn Galloway live — is a 200-foot walk across the street. “About a one-minute walk,” Galloway said. “And the gym is about two minutes away.”
Mark Galloway, Trey’s coach at Culver Academy and the assistant director of admissions, jokes that Trey has a nice, easy getaway from home if he needs a break from his coach.
“It’s definitely not your every day high school in Indiana,” Trey said.
Culver Academy is home to the 6-5 Galloway, a core member of the Junior Indiana All-Stars, who will face the Indiana All-Stars on Wednesday at New Castle. He moved to Culver when he was in third grade when Mark, the former Carmel coach, was hired as the boys basketball coach. At the time, Trey admits, it was a tough adjustment “being out here in the middle of nowhere.” But eventually, it became home to him.
There is a routine here that is comforting. There is required breakfast in the morning, followed by four blocks of classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. During the season, there is practice until 6 p.m. (workouts or pickup games in the offseason). Then dinner until 8 p.m. and homework until 10 p.m. In bed by 11 p.m. and start over the next morning.
Students come to Culver from everywhere. According to the school’s website, tuition plus room and board for the 2019-20 school year is $52,135.
“I think people see ‘military’ in the name and assume it is a military school,” he said. “There is some of the structure of that, but it’s not really like that. It’s more of a leadership-based school. I’ve learned a lot of great lessons and a lot of values (that translate) to every day life. I’ve had friends and teammates come up and stay with me and gotten a feel of what it’s like and they have really enjoyed it.”
Culver Academy, founded in 1894, was a boys’ only school until 1971. Notable alumni with an athletics background include former New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner, Tennessee Titans’ owner Bud Adams, former Brooklyn/Los Angels Dodgers’ owner Walter O’Malley and Roger Penske, a giant into the auto racing world.
The school has never produced a Mr. Basketball winner. Galloway has a chance to be the first. As a sophomore, he helped Culver Academy to its first state basketball championship in Class 3A. The Eagles made a return visit to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March, falling to Silver Creek in the finals. Galloway suffered an injury to his right wrist in early January that impacted his shooting numbers, but he averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and shot 52% from the field for the season.
“(The wrist) was something I struggled with for sure,” Galloway said. “Early on in January I couldn’t shoot the ball without a lot of pain. But toward the end of February and early March, it was healed.”
With the injury behind him, Galloway’s recruitment is into a key stretch. After taking his first official visit to Iowa last fall, Galloway made his second official visit to Indiana last week. Though the Hoosiers have long been a part of the picture for Galloway, the offer officially came after the first evaluation period in April.
“It was a really good (visit),” Galloway said. “I got to spend time with the coaching staff. The players weren’t there right now because they (were) on break, but it was good to spend time with (the coaches) and talk to them about Indiana basketball and what they are trying to build with that program. It was a great really experience being on campus and kind of getting a feel of Indiana basketball.”
Galloway did get to spend time with incoming freshmen Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin during his visit.
“I’ve known them for a while, but it was definitely good to spend time with them and they were trying to recruit me a little bit too,” he said.
His time with Franklin and Jackson-Davis helped Galloway see another side of Indiana, one gamedays don’t usually showcase.
Galloway got to check out where IU players live, to meet with support staff around the program, to get a feel for details like conditioning and nutrition, and to meet with Clif Marshall, IU’s director of athletic performance.
“Where they live is just incredible,” Galloway said. “Getting away from the game, because obviously I’ve been to a couple of games they’ve played, but just kind of see out-of-season stuff, the lifting, I met with (Marshall), he’s a great guy. Just some other stuff, some daily life they do outside of basketball.”
A strong showing this spring with Indiana Elite on the Adidas Gauntlet has other prominent programs showing interest in Galloway, including Kansas. In addition to Indiana and Iowa, Galloway has offers from Butler, Notre Dame, Purdue and Michigan State.
“I don’t really have a timeline on making a decision or anything,” he said. “Whenever I feel in my heart it is the right decision, then it will be the right moment. I don’t really know when that time will be yet.”
An area of Galloway’s game that is sometimes overlooked is his ability and willingness to defend — though it has not gone overlooked in his recruitment.
“That is definitely a message I have heard from coaches,” he said. “I take pride in guarding people. Not only me, but our whole Culver team. We take pride in getting stops and I think that has carried over to playing in AAU. It’s not all about shooting, but also be able to play defense at all positions.”
There was a time when Galloway felt like he was missing out by not playing his high school basketball around Indianapolis, where has several close friends and teammates on the grassroots circuit. But at some point — he does not know exactly when — Culver began to feel like home.
“This is a college prep school that has helped me prepare for college,” Galloway said. “All of the discipline things we do here has helped prepare me for life, too. Indianapolis basketball is great and there is a ton of talent there. But we play a lot of those teams anyway. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on much at all.”
Except, maybe, getting a driver’s license.
IndyStar reporter Zach Osterman contributed to this story.