Cameron Luedeman said the things he enjoys most about playing basketball at Brownstown Central are the intensity of the game and being able to play in front of the home crowds.
Luedeman moved into the starting lineup for the Braves this season and has been one of the team’s main scorers, averaging 12 points per game with high games of 28 against South Ripley and 22 against Mitchell.
He said he will take what the defense gives him when it comes to shooting the ball. If opponents play him tight, he will take it to the hole, and if they are playing off of him, he feels comfortable shooting a 3-pointer.
“Facing a zone is my favorite,” Luedeman said. “I like to shoot from the right side.”
Luedeman began playing basketball in Crothersville in third grade and played there until his sophomore year when he transferred to Brownstown.
The senior said in order for the Braves to bring home a sectional trophy from North Harrison this week, “We need to keep playing hard, and defense is the main key. We haven’t scored many games over 60.”
Luedeman said he always tries to work hard in both basketball and baseball practices.
“It’s very important to get up as many shots in basketball as you can while practicing to improve your shot,” he said. “In baseball, it’s about timing when the ball is up in the air. It’s hard for some people.”
He started in right field for the Braves last spring and is hoping to move to center field this season. He said he has played a lot of center field in travel ball.
“There is a lot of communication out there,” Luedeman said. “You have to talk to your teammates and communicate with them and let them know where they’re at.”
He batted ninth last spring and said he would prefer to hit first this season, adding that he feels he has the patience to be able to draw walks.
Luedeman said you don’t want to fall behind in the count, and he looks for a fastball on the first pitch. He plans on taking a lot of batting practice against breaking balls to become a better all-around hitter.
He said he looks forward to playing under new coach Brandon Tormoehlen.
Luedeman said he thinks the Braves can have another winning season and challenge for the Mid-Southern Conference and sectional titles.
“We need to play good defense, and hitting the ball is the major key, getting on base,” he said.
He has enjoyed his basketball and baseball at Brownstown.
“They take their sports seriously,” Luedeman said. “My teammates are a lot of fun, especially being with them for three years now.”
Name: Cameron Luedeman
School: Brownstown Central High School
Parents: David Luedeman and Linda Howell
Siblings: Trent, Chelsea and Lydia
Sports: Basketball, four years; baseball, three years; track and field, one year
Athletic highlights: In baseball, most improved award, 2016 sectional champions
Organizations: Lettermen’s Club, FFA, Booster Club, student council
Plans after high school: Attend college
Favorite food: Cheeseburger
Favorite athlete: Paul George