Hatton named IBCA Subway Player of the Week
As the boys’ season is in full-swing and the girls’ season begins to wind down, several players are finishing strong and posting outstanding performances on a regular basis. The Week-12 awards are highlighted by a pair of repeat winners, as well as a high school teammate of someone who already won earlier this season.
North Harrison junior Langdon Hatton, Merrillville junior Keon Thompson, Lafayette Jefferson junior Brooks Barnhizer, Hammond Noll junior Courtney Blakely, West Lafayette Harrison senior Sydney Jacobsen and Triton Central senior Rylie Stephens were selected as recipients for the week of Jan. 20 to 25 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Thompson and Blakely are the boys’ and girls’ winners, respectively, in District 1. Barnhizer took the boys’ honor in District 2, while Jacobsen took the girls’ honor in District 2. Hatton is the District 3 boys’ recipient, and Stephens is the District 3 girls’ recipient.
Hatton was a force at both ends of the floor in a 70-59 win Jan. 24 at Lanesville. He posted his first double-double of the week, with 20 points and 16 rebounds. He went on to add four assists and six blocked shots. The 6-foot-9 front-liner was equally good, if not better, when the Cougars took care of conference rival Salem, 83-69, on the road Jan. 25. Hatton posted another double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, plus he added three assists and seven blocked shots.
This is the 12th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, and the eighth season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its eighth season as an IBCA sponsor, encourages athletes to “train hard and eat fresh.”
Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s three districts. Girls’ winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA girls’ state finals. Boys’ winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA boys state finals.