If you're Chandler White and his family, Mother's Day takes on a basketball theme. Why? Because the Carroll standout guard plays in the annual adidas May Classic in Bloomington, and that means playing on a day normally reserved for a mother's wishes.
So there was White and his mother, Kelly, at Bloomington South High School and then Twin Lakes Rec Center on Sunday for yet another basketball adventure as part of Indiana Elite 2015's spring season.
“She doesn't care,” White said. “We did Mother's day Friday before we came down here because my sister (Demri) won't be here.
“My mom is used to being in a gym on Mother's Day. The last two years we had this on Mother's Day.”
Consider it the price of being an elite basketball recruit playing for one of the state's premier travel ball programs. Another price is playing a lot of games in a short period of time. On Sunday, that meant four games in a nine-hour period that culminated with a runner-up finish.
Playing that many games in one day, and in more than 20 games over five spring tournaments, takes its toll. White has a banged up back, to go with teammate Hyron Edwards' banged up head and the assorted bumps and bruises that comes with the sport.
So how do the players handle the grind?
“We pace ourselves (during games),” White said. “If we're ahead by a good margin, Coach (Mark Adams) will pull us out and save our legs for the next game.
“After the game we'll go back to the hotel and relax. Put something (food and drink) in our bodies. Just hang out at the hotel.”
There can be a lot of hanging when you play in events in Indianapolis, Dallas, Bloomington and — last summer — Las Vegas.
“In our spare time after a game we just go back to the hotel and relax,” White said. “Sometimes if it's a big tournament like Las Vegas, when we're there for a couple of days and have extra time, we'll just walk around and go to the mall.”
A town like Las Vegas, of course, offers more than just a mall. It's a neon-lighted city fully invested in the theme — “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” — which can mean lots of temptation for young guys.
For the players, White said, the fun is strictly G rated.
“We can't go anywhere,” he said. “We just walk along the strip and see the different hotels. It's fun.”
The most fun, White said, comes from winning. Indiana Elite 2015 won five games over the weekend, but missed out on its third straight adidas May Classic title when it was upset by Spiece Indy Heat 2015 77-67 in Sunday evening's finals. Indiana Elite had beaten Spiece four straight times, including last week in Fort Wayne, before its May Classic victory.
“It's important to win,” White said. “We wanted to keep that streak going.
“From an individual standpoint, I want to keep working with my teammates and look for my shot.”
Boston College remains White's only scholarship offer so far (he won't graduate until 2015), although Purdue and Indiana are among the schools recruiting him. He has a busy June set with Carroll, which will participate in elite camps at Purdue, Michigan State and IPFW.
As for Indiana Elite 2015, it is has gone first and second in its last two tournaments. It is adjusting to the addition of heralded guard Jalen Coleman from Indianapolis. He and Edwards (they are considered the state's top two point guards in the 2015 class) have scholarship offers from Indiana. Both took unofficial visits to IU this weekend while they were in town for the May Classic.
Coleman also has offers from Purdue, Notre Dame, Clemson, Cincinnati, Providence and Ohio State. Edwards has offers from Purdue and Illinois.
Also, Indiana Elite 2016 improved to 30-0 this spring with its 79-62 May Classic title game win over Wisconsin Playground.