Brownstown senior attends top 60 workout

While the high school team’s season ended on March 1, Brownstown Central’s Michael Boshears hasn’t stopped hitting the hardwood.

This past Sunday, Boshears traveled to Marian University in Indianapolis for Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior boys workout.

To get the invitation was no easy feat, as the players on the list were selected from 1,500 players statewide.

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Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted throughout the season to determine the invites

“It was something I didn’t think about during the season,” Boshears said. “I was honored to be selected and happy to be to have a chance to participate with some of the best players in the state. Coach (Dave) Benter forwarded me an email on Tuesday after our basketball banquet from the Hoosier Basketball Magazine with the invitation.”

At the showcase, Boshears saw some new and familiar faces.

“The style of play at these showcases don’t fit my style of play. I played O.K., but it is very laid back and everyone was having a good time,” Boshears said. “I was teamed with Zane Gross (Silver Creek), but the rest of the players on my team I didn’t know before Sunday. Drew Buhr (Austin), Zane and I were the only three from our conference. Cobie Barnes (Floyd Central) and McCall Ray (Bedford North Lawrence) were there which we played against the last several years.”

Boshears, The Tribune’s 2017-18 Player of the Year, had a solid season as the point guard for the Braves this winter despite battling injury.

During the 2018-19 season, Boshears averaged 11.1 points per game, 3.73 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.87 steals. He shot 43 percent from 2-point range and 32 percent from beyond the arc while knocking down 74 percent of his free throws.

Over his four years with the program, Boshears helped the Braves to an 81-20 record.

Boshears credited current and former teammates in helping him grow.

“Coming in my freshman year, and having to compete against Zach (McCory) and Carson (Lambring) daily made me better. I looked up to them and wanted the chance to have my picture on the wall like them. I know that there will be more that will have the chance in the next few years. Playing in a successful basketball program and being mentioned with a lot of great players that have played before me is very humbling.”

While he has decided to not play in college, Boshears isn’t done playing basketball yet. He will be at the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star game on Sunday.

“I verbally committed to IU East last fall. During the season I decided not to play in college,” Boshears said. “I felt like my body was breaking down too much, and didn’t want to go through it after the last four years of injuries. Coach (Mark) Hester gave me a great opportunity, and I feel very blessed to have been given it. I will miss my teammates the most and the competition of games. Basketball has taught me if you work hard good things will happen. It may not always go the way you want but it will make you stronger in the end.”

Boshears said that he is grateful for everything basketball has given to him.

“I have learned a lot about basketball through the years,” Boshears said.”I have been blessed in my basketball career to achieve a lot of goals: winning two conferences, a sectional, being chosen for East-West, top 100 as a junior, and top 60. I only hope that I have encouraged others to participate and love the game of basketball. I had an opportunity to play for some great coaches that led me to all these goals. A thank you to my coaches,my teammates ,my family, and my friends.”