MONTGOMERY — They say that records are made to be broken and for the first time, it will be a Barr-Reeve name breaking a state record.
Senior Brycen Graber is about to be crowned king of the state’s assist record. Graber is only 21 assists short of the all-time mark of 777, as he is currently leading the state with 8.0 a game through 21 games. He also led the state last season and was third as a sophomore.
Not only does Graber possess an unselfish game, his unselfishness translates into wins. During Graber’s four years, Barr-Reeve has gone 94-11 with him at the point. Of the six losses in the last three seasons, three of those games were to eventual state champions or runner-ups. The two losses this year came to teams ranked No. 1 in bigger classes, and both went into overtime. Six times this season, Graber has has 10 or more assists, including 14 against Eminence last weekend.
Graber is breaking the record set in 1995 by Mickey Hosier of Alexandria. Hosier was later a player and coach at Ball State and a member of the Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary team this year. He is currently the girls’ coach and AD at Alexandria. Hosier recently sent Graber a note wishing him luck breaking the record and future success.
“I didn’t expect that, but it was really nice,” said Graber.
Graber took over at the point about halfway through his freshman year, but he credits the people around him for allowing him to achieve success.
“I have always had great players around me. In my freshman and sophomore years, I had Gabe Gladish, I have had Hagen Knepp for three years, Keegan Wilcher, and Curt (Hopf) this season. These are all guys I really trusted on the court,” said Graber.
Another favorite target is his younger brother Kayden. Just a junior, Kayden has is becoming a prolific 3-point shooter and Brycen is glad that he Kayden can be a part of this.
“We have played together our whole lives, so it makes it special to look over and see him there,” Brycen said.
B-R Coach Josh Thompson simply said, “He is a tremendous point guard.”
“I loved the kids I played with in high school and college, but I wish I would have had a chance to play with someone liked Brycen,” said Thompson.
“What I have learned is to give him freedom. I’ll see him set something up differently and it almost always turns out perfectly. I would say 99 times out of a 100 he makes something happen. In a different scenario, I could have seen him as a 1,000 point scorer at Barr-Reeve as well.”
Graber also had big news this week as he verbally committed to NAIA Grace College near Goshen. He will play for Coach Scott Moore and be part of a team that featured former Blackhawk Christian standout Frankie Davidson. On Wednesday, he was also named to the All-District team with teammate Curt Hopf.
“They have been really interested in Brycen for a while. They came down to see him in the Hall of Fame Classic and drove four hours to watch him play against Mater Dei,” said Thompson. “He should be a good fit there. It is a great basketball conference.”
Graber agreed and feels like his skill set will be especially effective there.
“They have a lot of really good scoring wings there, so hopefully, I’ll be able to help them as a point guard,” said Graber.
Graber has three road games left to break the record, playing Sullivan, Rock Creek and Bloomfield before sectional.
He is the son of Libby and Logan Graber.