Notes on the high school basketball trail:

Can you hear those bouncing balls around Hamilton County gymnasiums?

The girls teams began official practices earlier this week.

The boys begin practices on Nov. 11, with first contests set for Nov. 25.

The girls can tip it off for real beginning on Nov. 4. Not too far away, you know.

Our first view of county teams will be on Nov. 5. Fishers entertains Warren Central; Sheridan goes to Frankton; Indianapolis Shortridge visits University; and Westfield plays host to North Central, led by Northwestern commit Jasmine McWilliams.

Hamilton Heights is at Brownsburg on Nov. 6

Noblesville opens at Lawrence North on Nov. 7. 

The Lady Millers will then be tested by two-time defending Class 3A champion Northwestern on Nov. 12 at The Mill. The Tigers, led by 21-point scorer and Purdue commit Madison Layden and Michigan State recruit Kendall Bostic, moved up to Class 4A this season due to the IHSAA Tournament Success Factor rule.

Guerin Catholic also will be on display under first-year varsity coach Marc Quaranta on Nov. 7 at Lebanon.

Class 4A reigning state champion Hamilton Southeastern comes out of the gate on Nov. 9, hosting the Hamilton Southeastern Classic. The Lady Royals, led by Indiana Miss Basketball candidate Sydney Parrish, will be joined by Ben Davis, Center Grove and Fishers. A pretty strong early lineup for sure!

Also on Nov. 9, Carmel makes its 2019-20 debut under first-year head coach Erin Trimpe at Homestead.

Trimpe, you might recall, was a pretty fair basketball player at Park Tudor. She averaged 16.6 points during her senior year season in 2006-07.

Trimpe served as acting coach in 2018 after varsity head coach Kevin Sweeney suffered a devastating back and neck injury when he slammed to the ocean floor on vacation in the Dominican Republic in May.

Coaching in his absence, the Carmel girls posted a 14-11 record under Trimpe.

A couple of Carmel girls to keep an eye on this season include junior Bridgett Dunn and sophomore Kate Clarke.

Speaking of talented girls basketball players, HSE’s Lauren Morris is committed to Holy Cross in South Bend, while Jackie Maulucci, who also gained quality minutes a year ago, had an offer from Eastern Illinois but has not committed anywhere.

SOME HS SENIOR BOYS PROSPECTS

While there’s much talent among girls players this season, there also are several top prospects in boys basketball.

The best boys player potentially in the state could be Trey Galloway, a 6-5 senior who plays for his dad and led the team to a Class 3A state finals appearance last season. The shooting guard, an Indiana commit, averaged 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season.
(He’s the son of Mark Galloway, a former Carmel boys basketball coach.)

Another talented player is 6-5 Bloomington South shooting guard Anthony Leal, who averaged 19.9 points as a junior. He’s also an IU commit, and he’s certainly one of the state’s top performers.

And Mishawaka Marian’s Jaden Ivey, a Purdue commit, is one of the state’s top returning scorers. He averaged 24.9 points.

OTHER SENIORS TO NOTE:

*—HSE’s Mabor Majak, the 7-1 giant from Sudan who has been in the Royals program since his freshman season, averaged 8.4 points and 5.7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. He’s also quite intimidating as one could imagine and he should have a big season. Mabor has offers from Cleveland St, Miami OH, Mercer, and is getting interest from Louisville, according to his coach.

*—Kansas State-bound Nijel Pack of Lawrence Central. The 6-1 point guard averaged 16.5 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior.

*—Lawrence Central’s 6-6 Dre Davis, who recently decommitted from Nebraska and recently committed to Louisville. He averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds as a junior a year ago.

*—Lawrence North’s 6-4 Tony Perkins, an Iowa recruit, averaged 15.9 points and 4.8 rebounds.

*—Braxton Barnhizer, quite an outside shooter who averaged 19.8 points for Lafayette Jeff as a junior.

UNDERCLASSMEN

*—Marion junior Jalen Blackmon, a combo guard who can shoot the rock from far places, already has scored 1,036 points through just 41 games.

*—Brooks Barnhizer, a 6-8 sophomore from Lafayette Jeff who averaged 16.2 points and 9.4 boards last season.

*—Blake Sisley, a 6-8 sophomore who averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 points as a sophomore at Heritage Hills.

*—Silver Creek’s Trey Kaufman, a 6-8 sophomore who averaged 15.1 points and 9.0 rebounds.

*—Braden Smith of Westfield, a sophomore who averaged 12.9 points and shot 45.1 percent from 3-point range last season.

ZAK IRVIN SIGNS WITH NY KNICKS

The New York Knicks signed 2013 Indiana Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin to an NBA contract. Per team policy, terms were not disclosed. 

The 6-6 Irvin, who played collegiately at the University of Michigan (averaging 11.3 points over four seasons), appeared in two games for the Knicks in the summer league at Las Vegas, NV. He recorded 2 points, 3 rebounds and and 1 assist in a little over 10 minutes of action.

Irvin spent the past two seasons with the Westchester Knicks, the NBA G-League affiliate of the NBA Knicks. There, he averaged 11.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 31.9 minutes in 42 games, 34 of which he was a starter.

His Hamilton Southeastern HS coach Brian Satterfield said “it’s great to see him reach his dream.’’

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mediamarko5@gmail.com or by calling 317 460-8018.