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June 27, 2013

Vision for the future

Former KHS AD Callane to lead state hoops hall of fame

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"It shows the commitment of our university," he said. "I'm grateful for that. It let's our players and recruits know where I plan to be for quite a while now."

The Jaguars went 20-12 and finished second in the Summit League regular season standings. IUPUI earned a nod to the NIT, where it fell in the first round to Illinois State 63-47 on March 21.

"You're always anxious and you always hope your kids are going to take the next step," Parkinson said. "Figuring out what it took to win — and win on the road — that was the biggest thing. I'm proud of our kids to set the school record for wins and being picked where were in the conference [preseason poll] and finishing second. I think it gives us some momentum for the future. The thing we've focused on from Day 1 is finding kids who are talented kids with high character and love basketball. If we can do that with Indiana kids and Midwest kids, that's going to create a recipe for sustained success hopefully."

Another topic fresh on the minds of those at Chippendale was New Castle's announcement that it is leaving the North Central Conference. An NCC member since 1926, New Castle in early June said it will join the Hoosier Heritage Conference, a league that includes Pendleton Heights, Greenfield, Yorktown, Mount Vernon, Delta, New Palestine and Shelbyville, for the appeal of shorter bus rides.

"Personally, it was disappointing," Callane said. "I can't speak for New Castle. I did write the superintendent [Stephen Fisher] a note. I know him very well. He's a former basketball official. A charter member, they've been there — but you make decisions based on your family, your community and your people. So, I'm a little disappointed but we'll move on, and we respect what they're doing because it's what they think is best. But, it'll always be the North Central Conference."

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