CULVER, Ind. (BVM) – Trey Galloway is an 18-year-old from Culver, Ind. The Culver Academies graduate is a basketball star in the state, and had an exceptional four-year run playing for his dad, Mark. Despite a heartbreaking finish to his prep career, Galloway has his sights set on the next level, as he will play college ball for Archie Miller and the Indiana Hoosiers come fall.
Originally from Carmel, Ind., where his father coached high school basketball, Galloway and his family moved to Culver when he was in third grade. Ever since, he has been able to train whenever he wants, having the gym, the school, his parents’ house, and his dorm all within close proximity of each other.
Galloway began dribbling a basketball at 2 years old, and played his first game around age 5. With his dad being a coach, Galloway was instantly attracted to basketball and grew a deeper passion for it while being around the team at practices and games.
In second grade, Galloway began playing AAU ball, where he enjoyed playing for coach Mike Saunders. Years later, in seventh grade, Galloway’s team won the AAU National Championship in North Carolina.
Destined for a great high school career, Galloway shined while at Culver Academies. The 18-year-old achieved several milestones at the school, but there isn’t a moment during his prep career he didn’t enjoy.
“I would say my favorite memory is almost all of it,” Galloway said. “The four years flew by and there were a bunch of highs and obviously there’s always lows. But just the experience with the guys I played with and the bond we all have is incredible. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
But perhaps one of the most special parts of Galloway’s high school career was being able to be coached by his father. Although the on-the-court relationship can have its ups and downs, Galloway appreciates the bond he and his father have developed on the hardwood.
“I respect him as a coach and a father and look up to him in everything we do,” Galloway said. “I know how good of a coach he is and he’s been doing it for a long time now. There’s times we will butt heads and go at each other, but ultimately that’s what brings us closer together. We are able to get over it and keep pushing forward so it was just a really fun experience to have these four years with him.”
There are a lot of great moments that a father and son get to share in life, but not many get to share in the joy of winning a state basketball championship. In Galloway’s sophomore season in 2018, though, the pair did just that. After losing in regionals the prior year, a young Eagles squad was determined to make a deeper postseason run. Although they lost games early, the team ended up rattling off 15 wins in a row, to cap a special memory for both Trey and Mark.
“We went into that season looking for revenge,” Galloway said about his sophomore campaign. “We knew we had a really good young group coming back and we motivated each other to stay in the gym and keep working and it paid off. It was just a great experience because obviously it means a lot in Indiana, but also to go through that with my dad and the rest of my team.”
The Eagles would reach the state championship once again a year later. But this time, they would fall short and again had a sour taste in their mouths going into Galloway’s senior season. The final run at Culver for the 6-foot-3 guard would start out with some adversity, however.
With his father suspended for the first four games of the season, and Galloway dealing with an injury of his own, the Eagles struggled to a 4-4 start out of the gate. However, in similar fashion to the state title season, the team would rattle off 15 consecutive victories, putting the Eagles in a good spot for another championship run.
But like many athletes and programs across the country, Culver Academies had their basketball season halted in the regional round of the playoffs due to COVID-19. It is a tough way for Galloway to finish up his prep career, especially knowing how well his team was playing.
“It was really heartbreaking,” Galloway said. “You put everything you have into the game and our team was really tight and loved each other. We had something to prove this year coming off the loss in the state championship. I thought we really had a great shot at winning state. We were starting to click at the right time and our confidence was really high.”
Despite the tough ending, Galloway still had an impressive senior season. The guard averaged over 20 points per game, and also broke the school record for most points scored early in the year. Galloway tied the record in an overtime game, and would break it right away with an early three in his next game. Being able to celebrate that record meant a lot for the 18-year-old.
“It was a really special moment,” Galloway said. “Everyone knew on the team and being out there with my teammates and having them support me was special. It was really cool to be honored with that accomplishment.”
Galloway’s high school basketball career is over, but he had been doing numerous workouts and was getting shots up at the gym at Culver during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall, the 18-year-old will be headed to Bloomington to play college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers.
The 6-foot-3 guard was heavily recruited, especially within the Big Ten, where he considered offers from Iowa, Michigan State, and Purdue. Galloway also considered Notre Dame which would be close to home, and continued to receive additional interest late in the process. But the basketball standout knew where he ultimately wanted to play.
“The reasons I chose Indiana were just the family bond I felt there and the things they wanted to accomplish were in the same mindset I was in,” Galloway said. “I really want to come in and do whatever I can to help the team win and I just knew that was the group I wanted to be with.”
Galloway has a strong relationship with several guys on the Hoosiers roster already, including Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armaan Franklin and Rob Phinisee. He also has a tight bond with fellow Indiana freshman Anthony Leal, who won Mr. Basketball in the state this spring.
“He’s one of my best friends,” Galloway said about Leal. “We played AAU together for three years and we feed off each other pretty well. It’ll be really cool coming in with him and we really have the same goal so I’m excited to have the opportunity to play at the same school with him.”
While Leal was the winner of the Mr. Basketball award, Galloway was nominated as well. It means a lot to him to have been nominated, but he is also happy to see his friend earn such an honor.
“I was really excited just to know my name was one that was being considered for Mr. Basketball. Obviously I wanted to win it, but I was really excited for Anthony to win it because it’s a great honor. He would’ve been just as happy if I had won it as well and it’s really cool and special for someone to win it that’s going to Indiana,” Galloway said.
A true team player, Galloway is willing to do whatever it takes for his Hoosiers squad this year, and he just wants to help the program succeed.
“One of my main goals is to go in and compete and do whatever I can to help out in any way. Wherever they need me and whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it. I also want to come in and win as does the team and coaching staff so that’s our main goal is just to take that next step, compete for the Big Ten title, and compete in March Madness,” he explained.
Galloway’s sole focus right now is on helping out this Hoosiers program. But he has long dreamed of a career in the NBA, and believes if he works hard enough over the next few years that dream can become a reality.
After a special career at Culver Academies, Galloway is an exciting player for Indiana to have coming in. It will be fun to watch the development of he, Leal, and the other young Hoosiers over the next few years as they try to move to the top of the Big Ten.