TJ Lux shakes hands with Merrillville High School principal Mike Krutz during a press conference announcing Lux’s appointment as the school’s basketball coach in 2011.

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A former professional basketball player opens a new basketball training center at Crown Point.

TJ Lux, who led Merrillville High School to the State Championship game in 1995 and continued to play professionally for six years in Europe, owns and operates the new Courtside by dlux at 1440 E. Joliet St. in Crown Point.

The new youth basketball center will offer training, instruction, team development and an Amateur Sports Union game when it opens on January 11. guided opportunities to shoot and work on ball handling skills. “

“Courtside is an old-fashioned gym that provides high-level personalized instruction using state-of-the-art training tools and experienced instructors,” the company said in a press release. “They will provide skill camps and development leagues, with measurable results while reminding their players to ‘Get Better, Be Great.'”

Lux also owns and operates The Exercise Coach personal training facilities at Crown Point and Dyer.

He is currently the boys assistant coach at Crown Point High School and was the head coach of Merrillville High School from 2011 to 2019, leading the team to three conference titles, three section titles and two titles. regions while amassing a record 132-67 during his eight-year tenure. More than 20 of his players went on to play Division I college basketball.