The state of Indiana is known for high school basketball and a major reason is the legendary 1986 movie "Hoosiers," which follows the Hickory Huskers, a fictional team based on the 1954 state champions from Milan.
All of Hickory's home games were played in Knightstown, Indiana at Knightstown High School and the school's gym is now called Hoosier Gym due to the success of the film.
Over the past few years several of the state's top players have ventured to the tiny gym to play in the Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic, a game created to honor the movie, Knightstown, and Hoosier Gym.
NC State signee Scott Wood, a sharp-shooting wing from Marion (IN), laced them up in this year's event. The game featured Hickory versus rival Terhune, and Wood played for the Terhune Tigers. He scored 26 points (10-of-15, 6-of-8 3's), dished out nine assists, and pulled down seven rebounds as he helped lead Terhune past Hickory.
"It was a really neat experience," said Wood. "Mainly because of that movie... it was a great opportunity to play in the gym and get the feel for old school basketball in the state of Indiana.
"I had a good game. I finished with 26 and had some assists and rebounds. I shot the ball really well. I was able to hit my jumpers, and I got out and had a few dunks."
Wood wasn't upset that he didn't get to suit up for Hickory, instead being picked to play for rival Terhune. Hickory defeats Terhune in the playoffs during the movie, but on Friday night Terhune pulled out a double-digit win.
"We talked about that before the game," said Wood, laughing. "We decided we were going to come out and change the story up a little bit.
"I thought our team played real well. We were actually moving the ball and got everybody open shots. We were like 11-of-16 on three-pointers in the first half so we shot the ball well."
At 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds, Wood averaged 25 points per game as a senior while playing a lot of point guard for Marion.
"I feel like I've really improved my penetration game," he said. "I've also been lifting weights so I think I'm getting stronger. That's what I've been trying to improve on."
Wood is already enrolled at NC State and expects to come in and compete for playing time right away for the Wolfpack.
"I didn't sign up just to go down there and be a practice player," said Wood. "I'm going to go in and work hard so I can get play. Hopefully I can battle for playing time early and by the time the ACC schedule comes around I can have played well enough to be in the starting lineup."
Here are highlights of Wood in action at the 2009 Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic!