Books and basketball have played major roles in Jerod Adler’s formative years, helping him create the life he has today. The Indiana boy who grew up in rural Decatur earned both a basketball scholarship and an academic scholarship to Indiana State University.
“Obviously, my recruitment to play basketball at ISU was a key part of my decision to attend. It was a huge blessing to have my undergraduate education expenses fully covered,” Adler said.
“I liked the basketball program and its staff, the Missouri Valley Conference is a strong league, and I was impressed with the school during my official visit, both from an academic standpoint and the atmosphere of campus,” he said. “Indiana State is in a unique position to offer the advantages of a larger university without losing the personal attention that is often found in smaller institutions.”
Adler graduated from Indiana State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education and in 2008 with a master’s degree in history. He then attended Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington for a J.D. in Law in 2013. Today, Adler is a lawyer serving as judicial law clerk for the U.S. Courts in Fort Wayne.
As a judicial law clerk since September 2013, Adler’s tasks involve case management as well as the research and drafting of opinions for assigned cases in both the criminal and civil dockets for the federal court.
During his undergraduate years, Adler played basketball for the Sycamores. While obtaining his master’s degree at Indiana State, Adler also played professional basketball in Europe. He played two years in Switzerland and was then drafted by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants before suffering a season-ending injury.
“It was a great privilege playing for the Sycamores. It required a great deal of time and effort on a daily basis, but I enjoyed it,” Adler said. “Playing Division 1 was always my dream, and it came as an extra surprise to have the opportunity to play professionally. I loved it. For a D1 athlete, a study-abroad program is out of the question. Although basketball once precluded such an opportunity, it ultimately allowed me to live abroad and play for a few years and make many great memories in the process.”
Adler and his wife, Michelle, live in rural Decatur, not far from the family farm where he grew up.
“Like most, college is a time of great intellectual and personal growth, and for me this was no exception,” Adler said. “I received a quality education at ISU and have been well-prepared for life post college.”