MONTGOMERY – Barr-Reeve High School was notified on Friday that the Indiana Department of Education has denied Barr-Reeve junior Curt Hopf basketball eligibility for this season. He will not be able to participate in any games but is allowed to practice with the team.

“Obviously I’m disappointed because he is an outstanding young man and it bothers me because he is a great young man, regardless of anything else. I’m disappointed for him, but he is handling it well,” said Barr-Reeve coach Josh Thompson.

“In his comments to me, he said, “I’m just here to help the team get better. For a 17-year-old to be like that means a lot to me, because he will help us just by us going up against him every day in practice. We have prepared for both having him and not having him.”

Thompson said any further action will have to come from Hopf and his parents.

Hopf, who has received Division I interest from several top programs including Indiana, Purdue Evansville and Iowa, is a 6-7 transfer from Forest Park. He played with Barr-Reeve all summer but was twice denied eligibly by the IHSAA and by the DOE, in spite of the fact that he is a resident in the Barr-Reeve school district.

During his freshman year, the Rangers finished 25-5 and made it all the way to the Class 2A state championship. Last season as a sophomore, Hopf averaged 16.2 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game at Forest Park.

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