Fishers natives team up to create basketball murals


Two Fishers natives have teamed up to create basketball court murals at Brooks School Park in Fishers.

Gary Harris, now a professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic, and mural artist Koda Witsken, both attended Hamilton Southeastern High School at around the same time.

Harris finished his high school career as the 2012 Mr. Indiana Basketball with a school record of 1,540 points, 467 rebounds, 232 assists and 232 steals, according to an announcement from the City of Fishers. He has been rated among the top players in the nation.

“My love of basketball started in Indiana — THE basketball state — and specifically in Fishers,” Harris stated. “Given all that basketball has done for me and my family, I felt strongly about returning some of that love to the Fishers community with vibrant, statement-making basketball courts for the next generation of Indiana basketball talent to enjoy.”

Witsken, a 2011 HSE graduate, founded her art business, Hue Murals, in 2018. She has worked on other murals in Fishers, including the exterior of Alderman Automotive and in Fishers District.

“It’s powerful to be a part of this project, not only to honor Gary’s legacy as a hometown legend, but to invite current and future generations of youth players to gather on the courts,” Witsken stated. “At the intersection of sports, art and culture, people gather and dreams are made. It’s special to be the person bringing the art to the table, and I thank Gary and his family for partnering with me.”

The design concept for the Brooks School Park murals includes vibrant colors, cosmic elements and Harris’ “GH” brand symbol, according to the announcement. The murals are expected to be installed April 5 through May 1, and Fishers Parks will host an outdoor 3×3 basketball tournament May 18 at Brooks School Park for ages 16 and older, and a 3 -point competition for ages 8 and older.

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