KNIGHTSTOWN – Rest? Take a break? Sydney Buck has no time for that. The former Homestead standout has the upcoming Indiana-Kentucky All-Star basketball series to prepare for, and then a Butler career to begin.
“No, there won't be much of a break,” she said. “There won't be time for a vacation.”
Buck had just finished 20 minutes of action in Friday's Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic, playing in a gym made famous by the sports movie classic “Hoosiers.” She totaled eight points in her team's losing effort.
“It was really cool,” she said about playing in a facility built in 1922. “And it was definitely cool to play with and against some of the girls I've become close with. It was fun.”
Fun included caution given wooden walls were about a foot past the lines of the court.
“Yeah, I was trying to be careful,” Buck said about not running into those walls. “Play hard, but not like out of control.”
Despite Friday's relaxed atmosphere, losing stunk.
“I was trying to be competitive,' Buck said. “ I hate losing. It was frustrating at times, but it was about the fun playing with my friends.”
Still, Buck tried to make the most of the opportunity.
“Part of it was fun, but I also used it to work on the stuff I need to work on, like ballhandling, getting better defensively, and attacking the basket more.”
Buck was a big reason why Homestead went 41-6 in her last two years, including 20-2 with a sectional title this past season. She averaged 21.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a junior. As a senior, it was 17.8 points and 3.2 assists.
That was enough to earn her the Indiana All-Star opportunity. Two-a-day practices began Saturday and continue today. The All-Stars will play two exhibitions against their junior all-star counterparts, then face Kentucky twice – Friday in Lexington, Saturday in Indianapolis.
“It will be a busy week,” Buck said, “but it will be fun.”
As for Butler, the Bulldogs lose two seniors from a 16-16 team. They are 33-30 over the last two seasons.
“They need me to defend, contain the ball and hit open jump shots,” she said. “We'll see how it goes.”
After her Indiana All-Star commitment, Buck will take a week break before heading to Butler on June 21.
“It's exciting,” she said. “I'm ready to go.”