Larryn Brooks to be reunited with best friend Saturday vs. Butler

For eight years, Larryn Brooks and Ashton Feldhaus were inseperable.

That is, until they each went to college.

Aside from the occassional Facetime chat, the two best friends haven’t seen each other since summer, when they headlined the Kentucky All-Stars roster in the Indiana-Kentucky series. Saturday, they’ll be afforded a reunion when Feldhaus’ Butler squad comes to Assembly Hall to meet Brooks and Indiana.

“We talked this week and said we hope we don’t pass the ball to each other,” Brooks said. “It’s definitely going to be different after we go from playing eight years together. It’s going to be crazy and a little weird at first, but we have to put all that aside and just play ball.”

Brooks and Feldhaus starred at Madison Central in Richmond, Ky., before graduating this spring. They compiled an 112-22 record over four high school seasons and their friendship grew in the process.

“Larryn and I were a force to be reckoned with,” Feldhaus said. “We have fun together and are always wanting to make people laugh. Larryn always has a smile on her face. She’s never in a bad mood. She’s part of family and she still calls my mom and dad, ‘Mom and Dad.’ That’s how close we are.”

Feldhaus hasn’t started in her first four games with the Bulldogs, but she’s carved out a role off the bench. She’s averaging 15 minutes per game and, at 6-foot-2, has shown to be a threat in the paint and on the perimeter.

Although their new schools are separated by about 60 miles, Brooks and Feldhaus have kept close watch on each other. Feldhaus said she’s not at all surprised to see Brooks, who leads the Hoosiers with 18.8 points per game, get off to such a fast start at the college level.

And she’ll have an up-close look Saturday afternoon.

“I watched (Indiana) play last year and what they needed was a guard,” Feldhaus said. “She’s always been in attack mode and is a very unselfish player. Her work ethic is top notch and she makes everyone around her better, so I’m happy for her and all the success she’s had. I’m sure she’ll continue to do that.”