Carlino moving to Bloomington, will enroll at South

  • 05/27/2009 12:00 pm in

The speculation is over. 2011 commitment Matt Carlino is moving to Bloomington and will enroll at South high school. Talk of this possibility had been circulating for months, but Carlino’s father Mark confirmed the news to Richard Obert of AZCentral.com today:

Mark Carlino submitted his resignation as head boys basketball coach at Gilbert Highland today and will move to Bloomington, Ind., with his all-state son, Matt.

Matt Carlino, a 6-foot-3 point guard¬† who was the Fiesta Region Player of the Year, will leave this week for Bloomington,¬† where he will enroll at South High for his final two prep seasons. South is one of Indiana’s premier programs. He committed to Indiana before his sophomore season, one in which he led Highland to the Class 5A Division I final.

“A lot of people will say a lot of things but Matt and myself have a lot of great feelings not only about Arizona and Arizona basketball but a lot of the people involved in it, as well,” said Mark Carlino, who will make the move himself in early June.

A couple of things: First, the addition of Carlino cements South as the favorite to win the state title again. Second, it will give Carlino the chance to get acclimated to living in Bloomington. He’ll get to attend games regularly, play pickup games and be around the program. Which is a good thing.

But on the other side of things, am I the only one who wonders if officials at competing programs (and perhaps the IHSAA) might have a problem with this? I’m no expert on transfer rules, but the IHSAA rule states you are ineligible if you “transfer from one school to another school primarily for athletic reasons.” And with the move being high profile, I’m sure this issue will be discussed.

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  • GFDave

    Somebody please explain to me what all the hand wringing is about. I don't get it. Are they worried that somebody at BHSS induced a family to move so their son can play on a better basketball team? Do some folks think IU wanted the kid closer to campus?

    What kind of incentive could possibly be offered to motivate an entire family to bear the hassle and expense of moving 2000 miles?

  • With the new “no boundary” rule I thought all he had to do was “declare” BSHS his school.

  • With the new “no boundary” rule I thought all he had to do was “declare” BSHS his school.

  • With the new “no boundary” rule I thought all he had to do was “declare” BSHS his school.

  • With the new “no boundary” rule I thought all he had to do was “declare” BSHS his school.

  • With the new “no boundary” rule I thought all he had to do was “declare” BSHS his school.

  • With the new “no boundary” rule I thought all he had to do was “declare” BSHS his school.

  • CutterInChicago

    Totally agree GFDave. Alan, his father is reported to be an attorney and like many attorneys these days, home is where the office is (or your car, the airport, wherever…).
    If the kid wants to move to the best darned place in the world to place his high school and college ball, I say huzzah!

  • CutterInChicago

    Totally agree GFDave. Alan, his father is reported to be an attorney and like many attorneys these days, home is where the office is (or your car, the airport, wherever…).
    If the kid wants to move to the best darned place in the world to place his high school and college ball, I say huzzah!

  • Iu madness

    I smell a Rat…..This same thing happened at north when a high profile player from out of state wanted to tranfer to bloomington north. Your beloved J.R Holms protested and the transfer never happened. This was the year after north won state and had alot of there good players left.(98) So hopfully the Ihsaa looks at this situation real hard.

  • Iu madness

    I smell a Rat…..This same thing happened at north when a high profile player from out of state wanted to tranfer to bloomington north. Your beloved J.R Holms protested and the transfer never happened. This was the year after north won state and had alot of there good players left.(98) So hopfully the Ihsaa looks at this situation real hard.

  • I would like to know how the Bloomington South Players fill about this? I know Carlino plays with Turner on Elite One, but I have not heard anything from Davis or Fromm.They took a back seat for Hulls and let him shine last year.To me this takes some deserving attention away from the other Panthers.

  • bball lover

    I totally agree with IU madness and sidebottom paul…there is no way he is “moving” here while his mother and siblings stay in arizona…also his dad is an attorney and they own two houses in arizona….so now they are moving to bloomington to stay in an apartment away from their family…ihsaa should definately look into this!!!!!! Also the poor kids that worked so hard to get on the varsity team are going to have to be benched because of this kid moving here.

  • bball lover

    I totally agree with IU madness and sidebottom paul…there is no way he is “moving” here while his mother and siblings stay in arizona…also his dad is an attorney and they own two houses in arizona….so now they are moving to bloomington to stay in an apartment away from their family…ihsaa should definately look into this!!!!!! Also the poor kids that worked so hard to get on the varsity team are going to have to be benched because of this kid moving here.

  • Rockinpinkguitargirl

    you dont know the carlinos. That guy came to highland and coached one year to jet set his son to stardom then left the program in shambles. Carlino’s going to fall short in college without his daddy helping him through everything. That Mr. Carlino will do anything for his little boy to be the best.