IU commit Galloway a coach’s kid like Miller

Mark Galloway couldn’t point to a moment when his son, Trey, revealed the enormous potential of a future Indiana Hoosier.

Because that turn-the-corner moment, in the eye of Trey’s father, hasn’t even arrived.

“I don’t want to answer ‘that at this age or that’ … I still don’t see him as a college player,” said Mark, who is also Trey’s head coach at Culver Academy. “I see him as a high school player that has to continue to get better so that we can get better as a team. Hopefully that’s the way he sees it.”

There is a long way to go until Trey, who Friday became the Hoosiers’ first commit for 2020, has made it in his father’s eyes. Likewise, Trey’s dogged pursuit of excellence could end up making him a significant piece in Archie Miller’s plan.

When Miller arrived at the Galloway home in late April, ready to extend a scholarship offer to IU, he acknowledged Mark’s influence. Like Miller, Trey is a coach’s kid. Miller mentioned how they probably share some degree of grit and toughness because of that upbringing. Those intangibles are worthwhile ingredients for Miller to infuse into his program.

Sure, Miller is also getting a 6-foot-5 athlete that can run the floor, finish with both hands, function with the ball in his hands or on the wing. But whatever he can do now, he can certainly be pushed to do a lot more.

Just raise the subject of Trey’s 58-percent success rate from the free throw line as a junior.

“We are trying to tweak some things on his setup. I’m really messing with him a lot, and it’s messing with his head, but now’s the time to fix it,” Mark said. “You make no excuses for 60 percent. He should be about 78 percent. You aim for 75 percent as a team, and he’s pulling us down.”

Thankfully, for the good of father and son’s psyche, Trey has made progress. During the summer AAU season, he hit about 70 percent from the line.

At Culver Academy, expectations are high. Setting the standard is Mark, a Plainfield native who played NAIA basketball at Bethel College. His son has already reached great heights, but there is a feeling that the three-star prospect hasn’t quite hit his ceiling.

Trey’s sophomore year, he played for a Class 3A title team. The next year, the Eagles returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse but fell to Silver Creek (led by top 2021 recruit Trey Kaufman) by three points. The goal for Trey’s senior year is nothing short of state.

That is one big reason both Mark and Trey wanted to get a college decision in the books. There is so much for father, son, and team to work on in the coming months. It’s a challenge they embrace.

“I want to focus on this last season with my Culver team and focus on the younger guys getting better and helping the team get better,” Trey said. “Go out there and compete and try to win.”

It’s about playing for the name on the front of the jersey, as many have said. But Mark, like Trey, wasn’t raised an Indiana or Purdue, in particular. He was just a fan of good basketball, and there was plenty within the state’s borders when Bob Knight led the Hoosiers and Gene Keady held the reins at Purdue.

So it meant something to the Galloways when the state’s top programs, including IU, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler, came through with scholarship offers. All worthy of respect, but Mark encouraged his son to look out to the piers of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, noticing which flags were flying.

“You don’t see Iowa flags. Sometimes you see a Stanford flag, I guess. You might see a Notre Dame flag out there,” Mark said. “But there’s a lot of Indiana flags. It’s cool to represent Indiana.”

Trey eventually came to that conclusion. Only Mark said he was the fourth person to know. His wife, Dawn, learned first, and Trey then contacted his former teammate, Johnny Cohen, and his dad, Jeff Cohen, an IU alum and booster.

“I know where I fall in the pecking order,” Mark said, jokingly.

But before Trey gets the chance to represent IU at the Big Ten level, he will have to do it for one more year in the prep ranks — within the borders of a basketball-crazed state.

If the name Trey Galloway didn’t register for opponents before, it will now. But again, there is something in Trey’s makeup that leads Mark to believe he will handle it well. His dad may be able to mess with him on free throw technique, but the random insults of strangers don’t seem to faze him.

“He likes playing away games where people are yelling at him and saying nasty things,” Mark said. “That gets him going.”

There is that mental toughness again, which Miller recognized in the first commit of his 2020 class. Trey played most of his junior season with a fractured wrist, but he still averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Fully healthy, Trey should be a favorite for Mr. Basketball in 2020.

Regardless, Mark believes there is another level Trey can hit as a player and, more specifically, a gym rat. He needs to live with a ball in his hand to perfect his shot, especially if he’s going to be the combo “two-one” Mark thinks he can be for IU’s backcourt. He also has the potential to guard the one, two, or three spots, but he has to get stronger between now and then to do it at the Big Ten level.

Father and son know what they are pushing towards. In the meantime, Mark sees a bigger picture with all of the in-state recruits Miller is bringing in.

“I’m definitely impressed with how he wants to get guys that hopefully will represent Indiana basketball the right way, which is playing with pride,” Mark said. “The Big Ten might be the best conference in the country, and he’s really building a foundation. I think in Year 3, now he’s going to start getting his guys, and that’s really important.”

Mark thinks one of Trey’s AAU teammates, Bloomington South’s Anthony Leal, could be one of those guys. Leal cut his list of potential suitors Thursday to IU and Stanford.

“If I’m a college coach, I would want Anthony Leal,” Mark said. “I think he’s a great teammate, like Trey. They are kind of cut from the same cloth.

“I understand Stanford is an incredible opportunity and it’s going to be a tough decision for him. But you can say the Galloways sure hope Anthony Leal is interested in coming to Indiana.”

9 comments

  1. Seeing the reference to Silver Creek made me smile. That is from my neck of the woods. Steve Green went to SCHS.

    A few years before Steve, a fella named Rick Myers played basketball there. He was good enough that his picture was up in the old gym. He was my homeroom teacher in the 8th grade. He was also the track coach.

    I was the youngest of 5 spread out over 17 years and my parents weren’t too ‘engaged’ at that point. They weren’t bad to me or anything. They just did their own thing and I stayed out of trouble and read a lot. I had no clue how kids got to play little league and things like that. It seemed out of reach for some reason. By the 8th grade I had never been on any type of organized sports team.

    Rick suggested I go out for track. I walked home every day anyway so I didn’t rely on anyone after school. Long story short, I did okay. The next year, in high school, I started playing a sport every season.

    I did well enough to get a walk on invite from Doug Blubaugh, the wrestling coach of the Hoosiers. That later gave me the confidence to go on to be a Naval aviator after graduation and a few other things along the way.

    I would later marry a lovely Amazon girl who had been a swimmer at UT. We had three kids. All of them were Division 1 athletes. One competed in the NCAA Championships.

    I don’t see any of that ever happening if my homeroom teacher and Silver Creek alumni, Rick, had not gotten me to run track in the 8th grade. We are FB friends and he has retired and he is traveling the world, posting pictures of wondrous places from time to time. I shared this story with him recently. He had no idea.

    Never doubt the impact even a simple thing can have on someone’s life.

    1. Hey Chet…share with you my Most favorite quote…its by Dr. Leo Buscaglia “The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”

      ― Leo Buscaglia

    2. Many times it takes but 1 person to change a life by igniting determination or ruin someone’s hopes. Liked your story Chet.

  2. Believe it or not, until I wrote that I’ve only shared that story with a couple people. I only shared it with Rick a couple months ago.

    My life was dramatically altered that year.

    1. Be nice to think there were “people” behind these boxes we type into….People come with good ..and bad..and honest handsomeness with the warts…and flaws…and honest eyes…and lying eyes…and sloppy handshakes and firm handshakes…and cold hearts …and compassionate hearts. Get to meet one long enough in the flesh and the fiction/persona can’t always keep the non-fiction at bay.

      But “sharing” must come with a set of eyes….Seeing is believing.

  3. Chet, did you run track on the old cinder track that was behind the old Silver Creek High School?

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