HBA's Mission

Hoosier Basketball Academy Inc. gives student-athletes an opportunity to excel in the game of basketball, but ultimately life as well, by teaching hard work and character traits required to succeed in school, careers and future endeavors.  HBA sponsors competitive Spring/Summer AAU travel basketball teams while instilling the importance of having an excellent work ethic, building character and giving back to the community.


Although we take basketball very serious, Hoosier Basketball Academy is much more than basketball!  We use our love for basketball as a means to promote positive change in our youth of today.  We want everyone to not only develop on the basketball court but develop personally and become responsible adults in their community.  A competitive learning environment that basketball creates is a vital link to providing young athletes with some of the skills necessary to be successful in the future.  Every character trait we emphasize will not only improve basketball skills but will help ensure future success in all areas of life.  To be successful  our youth will need to possess the same mental toughness, dedication, desire and commitment that is required to succeed in any competitive sports program.  HBA GIVES BACK is an initiative providing an opportunity for all participants of HBA to make an impact in their community.  



Our Team

Dakota Thompson

Director of Operations

Former Professional Player 

Dakota Thompson acquired Hoosier Basketball Academy in August 2018 and has big plans to expand HBA in Bloomington and beyond offering training opportunities and travel teams for High School Players, as well as, continuing the 2nd-8th Grade program that has been very successful the last 6 years.  


Dakota is an Indiana Native, hailing from Columbus Indiana. He spent 4 years with the varsity team, for basketball as well as track.   He played two years of Collegiate Basketball before turning PRO! After a short stint with the NBA G League Texas Legends, Dakota Spent time playing in several Semi-Pro leagues.  Unfortunately due to injury, Dakota had to step away from the game. 


Dakota is very determined to grow youth into not only not notch athletes but successful adults later in life.



Liz Horton

Trainer/Player Development/Strength and Conditioning

After a successful 4 year collegiate career at Valparaiso University, Liz has been playing professionally in Germany and is home for the summer anxiously waiting to share her love and knowledge of the game with local student-athletes. Liz graduated from Barr-Reeve in 2010 and was a four-time All-Conference selection. Liz earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior and senior by the IBCA and Associated Press.  She was a Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection twice, McDonald’s All-American nominee, named to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-Star Team and participated in the North/South All-Star game.  Liz scored 1,266 career points setting school’s career (42%) and single season (44%) three-point field goal percentage record. At Valparaiso, she averaged 10.9 pts and 4.1 rebounds per game. She finished her senior season 2nd in the Horizon League shooting 40% from beyond arc. She also averaged 85% from the FT line.

Liz scored a career high of 25pts and received Valpo MVP honors for

the 2013/14 season.  She received her degree in Psychology and will

continue her education this Fall pursuing a Masters in Social Work.


Liz has worked with many players and volunteered countless hours

doing her part to make a difference.  She is a tremendous assest to

Hoosier Basketball Academy and will help drive it's future growth

as we continue to reach out to more student-athletes and give back

to the community.  

Jeremy Crutcher

Trainer/Player Development/Strength and Conditioning

Jeremy Crutcher was born and raised in Huntsville, AL.  Jeremy attended Hazel Green High School where he matured into one of the top guards in the state of Alabama. At Hazel Green, he finished at the top of nearly every statistical category receiving All-Area, All-Tournament, All-Region, and All-State Honorable mention awards. A proven leader on the court, Jeremy averaged 17pts and dished out nearly 7 assists per game.


Upon Graduation, Jeremy signed a scholarship with Alabama A&M University where he became a four year starter and local basketball star. In Alabama A&M basketball history, Jeremy is 1st in minutes played, 2nd in games started, steals, and assists, 3rd in games played and scoring and 6th in rebounding. Graduating from Alabama A&M after the 2013-14 season, Jeremy went on to be an assistant coach at St. John Paul II Catholic High School where he helped lead the team to the regional tournament and a winning record, the first one in school history.


Jeremy grew up playing for Team SAC formally known as the North Alabama Crusaders. This AAU team was one of the toughest teams in Alabama for many years traveling all across the country for competitive basketball tournaments.  Jeremy currently resides in Bloomington, IN and is looking forward to training, coaching and developing some of the area’s best talent. 


Jeremy’s experience and passion for the game will make him a tremendous asset to the Hoosier Basketball Academy as we continue to expand and recruit some of the best players in the Midwest to play for our HBA Elite teams. 

Join our Team!

Please send email to Hoosierbasketballacademy@gmail.com if interested in being a trainer or starting a club team.  We have opportunities available throughout Indiana.

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