From backboards bolted to the side of a barn to storied gyms that hold thousands, basketball is in Indiana’s blood. Generations have come together to watch and cheer Hoosier Hysteria, creating memories of a lifetime and stories of hoops greats. 

With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bring March Madness to Indiana in 2021, the close-knit communities of Elkhart County can bask in their best and brightest basketball moments.  

North Side Gym 

Basketball people in Indiana consider North Side Gym in Elkhart to be one of the cathedrals of Indiana high school basketball.  

Since it opened in 1954, it has been not only the home to Elkhart’s high school basketball teams but also the host of numerous tournament games, meaning some of the best players in northern Indiana have played here. 

In terms of seating capacity, it is the eighth largest high school gym in the U.S., and seventh largest in Indiana. 

Notable players 

Thousands of high school basketball players honed their craft in Elkhart County, and many went on to also play in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. 

  • John Ritter of Goshen High School made the 1973 NCAA Men’s Final Four with Indiana University as one of the stars of legendary coach Bob Knight’s first great teams. 

Last but not least 

You can’t talk about basketball in Elkhart County without mentioning Shawn Kemp. Elkhart County’s most illustrious player, the Concord High School graduate never played in the NCAA Tournament, instead starring in the NBA for 14 seasons, most notably for the Seattle SuperSonics.