game until he was a freshman in high school. As a home school student he was only allowed to practice with local middle school teams and didn’t get into the summer circuit basketball until later because up until then he was a baseball player.
Then his 6-foot-11 frame had him give that up once he hit ninth grade.
“There aren’t too many spots for 6-11 guys in baseball,” Adelsperger said. “There are a couple more in basketball.”
Of course it helped that his competitive opportunities opened up, too.
“It was a lot of fun (playing that first game),” he said. “I really only practiced in seventh and eighth grade, and that’s good but it doesn’t replicate game time situations.”
It didn’t take long for Adelsperger to figure out how to be effective in games either. His play has already garnered him scholarship offers to Ball State, Indiana State, Valparaiso and Loyola Chicago.
He plans to make some visits to schools in June and hopefully narrow down his schools after the July summer season, he said. He doesn’t have a favorite school as of now.
When it came to Ball State he also wasn’t scared off by a lackluster season this past year.
“They’re in a rebuilding phase, but I really like what they’ve done in the first year, and I really like coach (James) Whitford,” Adelsperger said. “We’ll just have to see where it goes.”
For any school he picks they will get a player who has developed his skills quickly in competitive games.
Adelsperger played for an Indiana Elite Diesel team that lost in the finals of the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam in the senior-to-be division this past weekend as his size inside helped anchor a team.
His nimbleness and athleticism in the post isn’t enough for him, though.
“My coaches have really helped me a lot,” Adelsperger said. “(Peru) coach Jim Metcalfe has really helped me develop a good outside shot, and my AAU coach has great post moves, so really hoping to get a well-rounded game.”
For someone who less than three years ago had his first live tip against an opponent, it’s a quick ascent from newbie to polished veteran. It’s a journey that isn’t lost on him either.
“It’s just kind of a whirlwind ride is only way I know how to talk about it,” Adelsperger said. “It’s been really crazy, been really pleased. A lot of people have given me some chances, I’m really appreciative of that.”