Bopper Stenzel was back on the court Monday at the Winchester YMCA.
Instead of dribbling a basketball, the former George Rogers Clark standout carried a whistle and assisted with the Future Stars Camp being held this week at the Winchester YMCA¿Gymnasium. Last weekend, Stenzel competed in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series in Louisville and Indianapolis, becoming the fourth Clark player in the past nine years to compete in the prestigious doubleheader.
Stenzel started the second half of the team’s 90-85 loss to the Hoosiers on Friday night at Freedom Hall in Louisville and entered the starting lineup the following night at Banker’s Life Arena in Indianapolis. In the second game, he scored five points and connected on a three-pointer in an 83-73 loss to Indiana on the home court of the Indiana Pacers. He had two points and dished out six assists in the opener at Freedom Hall.
“It was really a great experience,” Stenzel said Monday. “It was unbelievable the talent that we played against and the places that we played. It was really cool. The Pacers arena was extremely nice. That is one of the highlights of my career so far. It was a lof of fun being with them, they all joke around. It was fun the whole week. I was friends with all of the guys on the team.”
Competing against an Indiana team that featured two McDonald’s All-Americans, including Michigan State signee Gary Harris and Indiana University future star Yogi Ferrell, the Kentucky team wasn’t intimidated and held their own in the two-game series.
“We definitely played more as a team,” Stenzel said. “We played together a lot better. They’re pretty good, but we held our own.”
Stenzel suffered a floor burn on his right hand while going after a loose ball Saturday night and had it taped up Monday, but continued his duties at the camp. He added that playing against the best players the Hoosier State has to offer will prove to be beneficial in his next phase in life.
“It definitely helped my game playing against high-caliber players and practicing against my teammates on the Kentucky team,” he said. “It was really good competition and will definitely help my game.”
As for his own performances, Stenzel said his best showing in the two-game series was in Louisville.
“I felt like I played OK, but at Freedom Hall, I felt like I played better than I did In Indianapolis,” he said.
He also liked playing for the coaching staff, led by Holmes coach Jason Booher, along with assistant coaches Chris O’Hearn (Mason County) and Madison Central’s Allen Feldhaus Jr.
“I liked them,” he said. “They were fun to play for.”
During preparation for the series, the players visited Churchill Downs in Louisville for approximately two hours, another highlight for Stenzel, who “lost six dollars.”
“We hung out for a couple of hours before practice and watched a couple of races,” he said.
Now that his prep career is officially over, Stenzel shifts his attention to Georgetown College, where he will begin his collegiate career this fall.
“I’ve gotten to Georgetown a couple of times¿(this summer) and I’m just going (continue) to work hard,” he said.