Former Hoosier, ’79 Mr. Basketball Bouchie dead at 59

Report from the Evansville Courier and Press:

Steve Bouchie, who won Indiana’s Mr. Basketball award at Washington High School in 1979 before joining Indiana University for its national title run in 1981, died Sunday afternoon in Evansville.

He was 59.

Bouchie suffered a heart attack over the Fourth of July weekend and was brought to Asencion St. Vincent for treatment.

He was enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, honored for his stellar career.

In 1979, Bouchie became the first of four Indiana Mr. Basketballs from Washington, later to be followed by the Zeller brothers — Luke, Tyler and Cody — in bringing hoops fame to the Daviess County city. The Washington Times Herald noted that in his senior season, Bouchie averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds per game, and was named a Parade Magazine All-American.

Bouchie helped lead the Hoosiers to three Big Ten Conference titles (1980, 1981 and 1983) and was drafted by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in 1983. He played professionally in Italy until a hand injury ended his career and sent him to a post-play life in agriculture.

Bouchie’s late son Bryan was a starting forward for Washington’s 2005 Class 3A state championship team, a 2007 Indiana All-Star, and later a member of the University of Evansville basketball team. He passed away in 2018.


  1. I just hate to read stories like this one. So sad to learn of this man’s passing and the previous loss of his son. Both were far too young.

    I don’t know anything about Bouchie’s life or health, but this type of tragic cardiac event is preventable. And you don’t need to spend a fortune to discover your level of risk for a serious cardiac event. You can get a Calcium Scoring CT exam for a reasonable cost (usually less than $100). It’s fast and non-invasive. That test, along with other data collected by your doctor, can determine your level of risk of experiencing a cardiac event and whether or not you need additional tests. If you have a history of heart disease in your family, high cholesterol and/or high BP, or are in an extremely high-stress job or personal life, get checked out. Often times, the first sign of serious cardiovascular disease is a heart attack.

    We need to take care of ourselves for all those who love and depend on us.

  2. It’s a tough family situation in the son and then, father passing. As I am getting old I do recall the well known successful Mr. Basketball Indiana basketball name
    Yes, from time to time these kinds of story lines continue and will continue in the future. I have noticed several in my lifetime. I know that diagnosis, testing, and early intervention equals medical success in n a person’s life. During my life time I witnessed healing and even miracles of healing and living good quality of life. However, the ratio of testing, diagnosis, and intervention also can equal a downside medical unsuccess in a person’s life. It does happen quite a bit. Sometimes, lots of testing and diagnosis without effective treatment equals very limited quality extension of life. Sometimes, what I call downtime (surgery recovery and set backs) and suffering after testing, diagnosis, and treatment or intervention. So I guess there is a happy medium somewhere on a continuum of a life cycle that gets into personal decisions (that may include family). Sometimes (which most people probably want) the goal is to live healthy and active (til old age…but if one lives to be 60 then that person wants to live to 70, 70 to 80, 80 to 90, 90 to 100, 100 to 110 and on an on) and then drop dead or die in one’s sleep. Then, there is quality of life issues in nursing homes and other institutions. For example, I think if you ask a currently healthy good quality of life person if he or she wants to go live in a nursing home the answer would be NO. Then, things eventually happen and then that person wonders how did they ever get in that situation until that person’s life is over. If things were simple. Almost all humans probably want to live to an old age. However, is immediate death without suffering vs extended or even long suffering including what I call downtime from medical issues, surgeries etc that takes a slow toll on one’s life and family… which way? The issue of age and why does life have to end at a young, younger, middle age, not that old way? Rather, if life being on a beautifully drawn out charted map into old age (as defined what that may be). It might look better but when that time came it would be tough just the same.

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