INDIANAPOLIS — Three area seniors will try to take what they learned in Wednesday’s Boys Underclass Showcase at Ben Davis and use that to help lead their respective high schools this winter.

Columbus East’s Max Nolting, Hauser’s Mason Sherman and South Decatur’s Matt Cornett all participated in the event for the first time.

Nolting said he loved the fact that he got to showcase his talent in front of college coaches, but also learned his strengths and weaknesses going into his final high school season. Nolting played for the Navy Blue team, which won one of its three games.

“I think I did well shooting the ball,” Nolting said. “But I just need to keep working on my defense. I thought I did a good job of boxing out, rebounding and talking. But my defense is one thing I knew I needed to work on.”

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Sherman’s Gray team won all three of its games. Sherman said playing against those caliber of players tested his defense and ball handling ability. The Gray team was loaded with shooters, so Sherman’s main focus was spreading the ball around.

“I definitely need to work on my ballhandling” Sherman said.

“I was struggling a little bit. I just wasn’t dribbling too well, but I thought my passing was good and I rebounded pretty well.”

Cornett’s Yellow team finished 2-1, and Cornett said the games were a lot faster paced than he is used to seeing in Class 2A high school basketball. The first game was a little shaky for Cornett, but he found his rhythm in the second game and was all in by the third.

“It was different,” Cornett said. “I didn’t know anything about anybody. It’s not like high school ball, where you know everybody that you’re going to play.”

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5632.