Doubt too many coaches would consider playing for the Semi-State championship a "low-bar" even at the 3A level. Even at Carmel or Cathedral where they are fixtures. Win that game and you're playing for the state title. Let alone Berger at Marian with both of their histories.
Hard to blame Jackson for the players around him on the roster. If anything, it speaks more to him being able to do a little bit of everything. It just isn't and hasn't ever been a basketball school.
All that said, it is really tough to compare girls and boys HS basketball. Just totally different circumstances.
I do agree, I wouldn't expect Jackson to move the bar much on attendance at ND. The ticket prices are an issue for so many in Michiana that are still really struggling economically. The disposable income isn't nearly what it was a decade-plus ago and ND basketball isn't high on the disposable priority list. Unemployment is still vast. The RV industry used to pump 24/7 365. Now, there are just abandoned buildings left and right. That used to fund not only the huge RV companies but hundreds of the suppliers too. Lots of people in their 30s-40s have packed up and left the area.