For an Indiana resident or a basketball fan, "Their Times In Indiana" is a must read. For an Indiana resident who is also a basketball fan, "Their Times In Indiana" should be a required read. Ed's book takes the reader on a magical journey of innocence, nostalgia, and coming of age through storytelling by some of the Hoosier state's greatest high school basketball players ever.
Having grown up in small-town Indiana as an enormous basketball fan, I found myself at different points of the book nodding in agreement as the players explained how and why the bond between Indiana and the sport was so unique and special. I also got choked up in the middle of various anecdotes from the small-town heroes my friends and I grew up idolizing. What "Hoosiers" did for Indiana basketball on the big screen, this book does in print.
No other book I've ever read manages to capture the essence of my state's affinity for high school hoops the way this one did. "Their Times in Indiana" is the ultimate feel good page turner and I can't recommend it enough.
Having been a lifelong fan of Indiana High School basketball, I was fortunate to have seen many of these players in their high school days and to have learned about most of the others. To get to read about their experiences growing up in Indiana and their days playing the game through their own words is a real treat.
As fans of high school basketball, all of us in Indiana hold our tradition of the game as a significant part of our history. This book brings that back to life.
I have never been able to adequately describe the experience of Indiana high school basketball to anyone. Ed’s book illustrates the importance of this sport better than anything I could have ever imagined. Many have seen the movie “Hoosiers,” which gave a sense of basketball’s importance, but this book covers so much more. It’s the perfect time capsule of an era.
No one I have ever spoken to can even believe it when I describe my time in Lafayette Jeff’s Block Section with over 300 girls in matching clothes doing very organized cheers at games! My own children find my stories so different from anything they ever experienced at their Illinois high school.
I was familiar with so many of these names, but I could never have guessed at the incredible variety of their stories. I know I’m biased, but I feel the state lost something very special when it adopted a class system for basketball. This book brought back so many memories of my time in high school as well as my parents’ stories of their high school years in Indiana.