New job for dad reunites Kroft brothers with coach Shabaz Khaliq in Richmond

North Side junior Lucas Kroft (left) and freshman brother Andrew Kroft (right) trap Carmel's Eddie Gill during the second half of a March 10, 2018 regional game at Logansport. (Photo by Dan Vance of The News-Sentinel)

When high school basketball practice opens this fall, quite a few things will be different for new Richmond High School coach Shabaz Khaliq. One thing that will not be different? Two of the players on the floor. has learned from the Kroft family that Lucas and Andrew Kroft, who both played at North Side last season, are enrolled at Richmond for the fall. The move comes after their father, Jay, took a new job with Majestic Care, keeping him in the health care industry he has been a part of since 2012 but necessitating a move south.

Lucas appeared in 26 games for the Legends after an injury-filled sophomore campaign. He was named to the News-Sentinel’s preseason Fabulous Five team and went on to average 12.5 points and five rebounds per contest for the Summit Athletic Conference Holiday Tournament and Sectional champions.

Andrew appeared sparingly as a freshman on the North Side varsity team. Though playing in 15 games, he shot the ball just 16 times in minimal minutes, averaging 0.9 points per game and the varsity level while staring for the 12-7 junior varsity squad.