FORT WAYNE – Whether Tre’Vion Crews will admit it or not, the North Side senior guard has something to prove. And he will get an opportunity to do that in the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic.
Crews was not invited to a Top 60 workout to try to make the Indiana All-Star team that plays Kentucky in June.
But he will get a chance to shine in an All-Star setting with 11 other area boys against Ohio on April 27 at Saint Francis.
Deep down inside, I was hurt, Crews said. I didn’t let it get to me. I was just going to continue to increase my growth as a player.
Crews, a point guard, was the guiding force for the Redskins as they went 24-2 and won a sectional title, along with SAC regular-season and tournament championships.
Crews averaged 16 points, 6.8 assists and 2.1 steals for North Side, which set a school record for winning percentage and points in a game (109).
He is such a humble and quiet kid, but there is a fire that is burning inside him that feels snubbed and feels underappreciated and undervalued throughout the state, North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq, who is also the coach for the Border Wars’ Indiana team.
To be able to guide us to what we accomplished this year and not get the recognition for it from a state perspective has bothered him. To be able to play on this All-Star stage, one as big as this one, is going to motivate him.
Crews will get his chance with a team consisting of North Side teammates Mike Davis and Oosha Mitchell.
The Indiana team also includes Indiana All-Star D.J. McCall from Concordia, Grady Eifert from Bishop Dwenger and Justin Mitchell from Wayne.
We are a group who can get up and down the floor, Khaliq said.
We don’t have that traditional back-to-the basket kid, so we definitely want to create tempo and play with a fast pace.
The girls are led by two Indiana All-Stars – Canterbury’s Kindell Fincher and Homestead’s Sydney Buck.
The Cavaliers were the Class 2A state runner-up this past season and won 1A titles in 2012 and 2013.
The team also includes South Side teammates Brittni Clopton and Lakyn Gulley from the 2013 Class 4A state runners-up, and Bishop Luers’ Addie Reimbold and Allison Butler from the 2012 2A state runners-up.
I am really excited about the team we have been able to put together, said South Side coach Juanita Goodwell, the Indiana girls coach.
Hopefully the experience is one of the things that are going to be valuable to us.
There is a strong core that has gone to state championships and have played at higher levels. That experience alone is going to give us an edge and help the other players to understand the intensity and the effort that they have to come play with.