The Sideline – December 22

Negri named to Women’s Silver Anniversary Team

Eighteen women have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago. Among them is Jacki (Lung) Negri of Triton Central, who resides in New Palestine.

Negri recently has held positions as an assistant and head girls basketball coach at New Palestine High School. She was an assistant girls coach at Greenfield-Central for the Cougars’ 2016 sectional championship run and 2016 Hall of Fame Classic championship.

Negri was a three-time all-county and all-conference selection at Triton Central and was the 1993 Shelby County most valuable player. She averaged 14.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in her high school career.

She played at Butler University, totaling 403 career points and 260 rebounds, helping the Bulldogs win an MCC tourney title. Butler made an NCAA and NIT Tournament appearance in her final two seasons.

All Women’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 17th annual Women’s Awards banquet on Saturday, April 28.

South Bend Riley No. 1 in IBCA rankings

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association released its boys basketball top 20 rankings on Sunday with South Bend Riley voted No. 1 this week. First-place votes are in parentheses. Records are as of Monday.

IBCA Boys Top 20

Rank, school W-L

1. S. Bend Riley (14) 8-0

2. New Albany (4) 6-1

3. Warren Central (1) 4-0

4. Hamilton SE 6-0

5. Floyd Central 5-0

6. Zionsville 5-0

7. Ben Davis 5-1

8. Center Grove 7-1

9. Bloomington S. 5-1

10. Indy Cathedral 5-1

11. Ev. Bosse (1) 6-0

12. FW North Side 6-2

13. Brownsburg 5-2

14. Indy Attucks 5-0

15. Valparaiso 6-0

16. Lawrence N. 5-2

16. Tindley 4-1

18. Jeffersonville 6-0

19. Lawrence C. 4-2

20. Carmel 4-3

Other schools receiving votes

Barr-Reeve, Bowman Academy, Brebeuf Jesuit, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Castle, Chesterton, Culver Academies, Evansville Harrison, Forest Park, Fort Wayne Wayne, Frankton, Hammond, Hanover Central, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, Merrillville, New Castle Chrysler, North Central (Indianapolis), Princeton Community, South Bend Washington, Tipton, Tri-West Hendricks, Westview

Van Gundy named National Coach of Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After leading USA Basketball to a gold medal at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 and to two wins in the first window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Games, USA head coach Jeff Van Gundy was named the 2017 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year.

Under the leadership of Van Gundy, the 2017 USA Men’s AmeriCup Team posted a 5-0 record and won the gold medal from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Cordoba, Argentina, where the USA beat opponents by an average of 19.6 points per game.