Triton's Carpenter tapped for Top 60
BOURBON — Griffyn Carpenter has a pretty impressive resume, and he just keeps adding to it.
The 6-foot-1 Triton standout will play in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Workout on Sunday along with 7-1 Culver Military Academy center Chier Ajou.
Two sessions of the Top 60 Workout will be hosted on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis. Twenty-eight boys of the Top 60, primarily from northern and southern Indiana, will participate in the first session from 1 to 3 p.m., while the remaining 32 players, primarily from central Indiana, will compete during the second session from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“I look at the list of players, and it’s just a list of players that I think put so much time and so much effort into it,” said Carpenter. “It’s going to be great company. There are players that are much better than I am that are going to be there, and I’m just looking forward to a great challenge.”
As a four-year varsity member and two-year leading scorer of the Trojans, Carpenter owns three Northern State Conference championships, two Bi-County titles, four sectional championships and three northern semistate crowns. Carpenter averaged 18.92 points per game while leading his team to its third appearance in four years at the IHSAA Class A State Basketball Finals this year, and he set a new career scoring mark for Triton in the process with 1,327 points during his high school tenure.
“You look at his resume, not too bad,” said Triton head basketball coach Jason Groves. “State championship, two (state) runners-up, four sectional championships, he’s been unbelievable and a big reason for our success the last four years. There’s one common denominator right there, and it’s Griffyn.”
Ever the competitor, Carpenter hopes he can turn some heads at the Top 60 event and possibly garner some support for an Indiana All-Star nod.
“There are going to be a lot of people present, and I know it’s a try-out for the Indiana All-Star team,” Carpenter said. “I know they generally put a 1A player on the team and that’s been one of my dreams so maybe something like that could happen.”
But whatever the case, Carpenter leaves a legacy with Triton basketball that won’t soon be forgotten.
“It’s been a great four years,” he said. “There are some memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I couldn’t imagine anything other than playing Triton basketball. I wore (the name) proudly on my chest for four years. I worked so hard.. and I just hope these young guys realize what it takes now from us seniors. I hope they keep Triton basketball as the 1A powerhouse that its known as and respected all over the state of Indiana.”