For The Tribune
This winter, Kameron Flynn enjoys filling the role of being one of the senior leaders on the Medora boys basketball team.
“I feel like, being one of the seniors, I know when to step up when the team needs me,” Flynn said. “If the team needs a basket to get on a run I try to get myself involved in the offense.”
He is a three-year varsity starter for the Hornets, having played either shooting guard or small forward.
His high-point games were a 22-point performances against West Washington and Crothersville his junior season.
Flynn has also had two other games of 20 or more last season.
“I’ve developed my game around my jump shot when it is there, but this year I worked about taking it into the lane more,” Flynn said. “Earlier in my career I would always go left. Now, I can transfer the ball to either hand.”
Flynn said he enjoys a fast-paced game.
“The fast break is one of my favorite parts of the game,” he said. “It always helps when you can get the ball to the other end and score before the other team can get set up on defense.”
In games, Flynn feels comfortable playing against either zone or man-to-man defenses because he said he feels like the Hornets have several good shooters and are capable of scoring against either style of defense.
He said he enjoys playing a transition game and forcing opponents into turnovers.
“If we press depends on if we know they don’t have good ball handlers,” Flynn said. “If we feel they don’t, we’ll press 1-2-2, and if they have good ball handlers and are fast we’ll drop back into a zone or man-to-man.
“Coach (Michael) Leitzman says if you pick it up on defense the offense will come.”
The senior began his basketball career at Springville Elementary in Lawrence County, then played at Oolitic coming to Medora his freshman year.
Flynn said it is going to take teamwork at both ends of the court and stronger rebounding for the Hornets to have a winning season.
“We have good chemistry, and we all have to work together and play our style of ball,” he said. “We need to get a lot of rebounds, and that will help us out and stop the other team from having offensive rebounds. We need step up and not let teams run it up on us and execute every time on offense.”
Flynn considers himself a team player.
“Just winning as a team would be my highlight,” Flynn said. “When we leave our hearts on the floor, and when we come out with a win, that is a great feeling.”
Traveling to some of the nosiest gyms in Indiana, Flynn said it’s important to have a strong mental game in high pressure situations.
“It is very important to be mentally focused,” he said. “If you are not mentally ready you can take yourself out of a game. Don’t let the crowd or the other team get to you.”
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Q: What’s it like attending Medora?
A: “I just like a small school where everybody knows everybody and you say ‘What’s up?’ It’s a really good atmosphere here, and since it’s small when you need help there will always be a teacher willing to help you. I’ve made a lot of friends here.”
Q: Do you enjoy your home games?
A: “They are truly amazing. When you go into the gym everybody is smiling and talking and it’s a great feeling.”
Q: Where do you like to play on the road?
“I like Crothersville and Orleans, the big gyms because we usually have a dogfight. There will be some really good teams (at the Edinburgh Tournament Dec. 28-29) and we need to stay focused. It should be fun.”
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Parents: Kenny and Shannon Flynn
Sports: Basketball, four years, track and field, two years; baseball, one year
Athletics highlights: Basketball — best statistical award, assists award, free throw award, 3-point percentage award, All-County team
Organizations: Band, Beta Club, Art Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, Spirit Club
Plans after high school: Attend college to become an orthodontist
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite TV show: “The Following”
Favorite musician: Super Duper Kyle
Favorite movie: “The Karate Kid”
Favorite athlete: Kyrie Irving