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March 24, 2014

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH: Requiem for a champion

A look back at Clarksville’s memorable 2013-14 campaign

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — BLUEITT THE REAL DEAL

Park Tudor’s Trevon Blueitt may become one of those players that Clarksville fans will watch in the future and say, “I remember watching him play in high school.”

The Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-American candidate will continue his basketball career at Xavier next season after decommiting from Steve Alford and UCLA last summer.

Blueitt may also have the talent to play professionally one day. The one thing that’s certain is that Clarksville had no answers for the 6-foot-6 senior on Saturday. He finished with 36 points, 17 rebounds and four assists — all in the first half of the Panthers’ 76-64 triumph.

“We couldn’t have done anything [differently] to stop him,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell admitted. “We knew coming in he was going to get his points. Our job was to shut other people down.”

On Saturday, Blueitt and the Panthers will face Westview for the Class 2A state championship. If Park Tudor wins the crown, Blueitt will join rare company — and a couple of current NBA players — as a three-time high school champion.

“It means a lot,” Blueitt said. “Not too many people can go and have a chance to play for three state championships in four years. [Lawrence North’s] Greg Oden and Mike Conley did it and it’s nice to be in the same category as them.”

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