Jonny Marlin occasionally reminds his roommate of the morning their high school basketball teams battled inside the world’s largest high school gymnasium.
A near-sellout crowd of 7,000 fans were present inside New Castle’s Chrysler Fieldhouse to watch Center Grove defeat Washington 68-64 in a semifinal at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic.
As for Marlin’s roomie, 7-foot Indiana University sophomore and consensus All-American Cody Zeller, his recollections aren’t nearly as concise.
“I bring it up. He doesn’t. He just kind of smiles,” said Marlin, a 5-10 point guard who after his freshman school year at IPFW elected to transfer to IU and walk on to the Hoosiers’ men’s basketball team. “Cody will be like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve played so many college games since then.’”
Marlin per NCAA rules is ineligible to compete in games for Indiana during the 2012-13 season. However, he practices with the team and dons a crimson jump suit while seated at the end of the bench for Hoosiers home games. He doesn’t accompany the team to road games.
Marlin becomes eligible to play next season. In the meantime, it’s Basketball 101, and head coach Tom Crean is the professor.