La Lumiere School’s basketball team will play in the inaugural Bluegrass Series National Championship tournament in Kentucky, marking the fifth consecutive season the program has competed in a national championship event. For the last three years, La Lumiere has been invited to the Dick’s National High School Invitational, a tournament televised on ESPN. This year, that tournament features 6 of USA Today’s top 10 teams. The Lakers are ranked #32 in the nation by USA Today and #1 in the state of Indiana by MaxPreps.
The Lakers are thrilled to take their 23-2 record to Kentucky to compete against some of the finest high school basketball teams in the country. The tournament will be held on March 23-25, and will feature eight teams from six different states and Canada. The Lakers will open the tournament against Victory Prep from Houston, Texas. “Playing against the best competition is the best preparation for the next level,” commented Coach Shane Heirman, in his first year at the helm. “We are excited to see how our kids compare against the best high school players in the country who we will likely see playing professionally.”
In addition to Lakers stars Jalen Coleman-Lands ’15 (committed to Illinois), Alex Olesinski ’15 (UCLA), Munis Tutu ’15 (Loyola-Marymount), and Isaac Humphries ’16 (ranked 25-Class of 2016), the tournament features some of the country’s most highly-ranked players including: Josh Jackson (ranked 3-Class of 2016); Thon Maker (ranked 1-Center with offers from Kentucky, Duke, Georgetown, Virginia, and Stanford); Jamal Murray (Wake Forest); Terrance Ferguson (Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, and Wake Forest); Billy Preston (ranked 13-Class of 2017), and Mark Vital (Baylor).
About La Lumiere School
La Lumiere School is a premier college preparatory boarding and day school located on a spectacular 190-acre campus 25 miles west of South Bend, 8 miles from La Porte, 7 miles from New Buffalo and about an hour southeast of Chicago. Academic excellence characterizes the entire curriculum and helps to prepare its students to attend some of the best colleges in the country including Stanford University, Northwestern University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, Middlebury College, Georgetown University, Cornell University, Colgate University, University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. For additional information, go online to lalumiere.org. La Lumiere School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA).