Warsaw High School boys basketball standout Jared Bloom had opportunities to play college basketball on scholarship, as well as receive an easier path to getting on the court. However, he has elected to challenge himself and play for IPFW as a preferred walk-on.
Bloom has been a a varsity player for the Tigers for three seasons and this past year helped Warsaw to a solid regular-season (13-11) and a thrilling 2013 Elkhart Sectional championship.
The Tigers had to survive against Elkhart Central (two overtimes) and Concord (three overtimes), before beating Northridge 64-57 in the title game.
Warsaw then fell in the regional 48-46 to South Bend Adams.
Bloom averaged over 17 points per game this season and was one of northern Indiana's top shooters. He connected on 48 percent of his shots, including over 40 percent from three-point range.
He finished with 425 points, while drawing the top defensive player each night throughout his senior season.
In the sectional championship game, Bloom lit Northridge up for 33 points.
As a junior, Bloom made half of his shots from the floor and hit a strong 47.4 percent (37 of 78) from long range.
Bloom was also clutch at the free-throw line, as he sank 86.2 percent.
His exploits were not limited to the basketball court. Bloom will major in electrical engineering technology and had a 10.52 GPA, while enrolled in both honors and advanced courses.
In the community, Bloom also played an important role in representing the Tiger program by taking visits to Miller's Merry Manor and serving as an Elementary School Reading Mentor.
Per NCAA rules, IPFW men's basketball coach Tony Jasick was not allowed to comment at this point in the recruiting process.