Pacers tab UCLA forward T.J. Leaf with 18th pick

Pacers tab UCLA forward T.J. Leaf with 18th pick

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The Indiana Pacers cast their draft lot on a pair of players from UCLA, selecting forward T.J. Leaf with the 18th overall pick and power forward Ike Anigbogu with the 47th pick during Thursday night’s draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

The 6-10, 225-pound Leaf played one season for head coach Steve Alford’s Bruins, averaging 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game. 

The versatile Leaf shot 61.7 percent from the floor, including 46.6 percent from 3-point territory. UCLA finished 31-5. 

Leaf’s father, Brad, is an Indianapolis native who played college basketball at the University of Evansville (1978-82). A 6-5 guard, Brad Leaf averaged 15.6 points a game during a 103-game career.

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The former UCLA tandem of T.J. Leaf (right) and Ike Anigbogu was drafted by the Indiana Pacers Thursday night. (Image via Pacers.com)

The 6-10, 250-pound Anigbogu played just 13 minutes a game during his one season on the UCLA campus, playing in 29 contests.

He averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds an outing but is considered to have unlimited potential, buoyed by a 7-feet, 6-inch wingspan and his ability to block shots.

Click here to read a column about Leaf and Anigbogu by Greg Rappaport of Pacers.com

The Pacers also added some excellent talent to their backcourt with the acquisition of 6-5 guard Edmond Sumner from Xavier University

Sumner — who played in just 21 games last season after sustaining a knee injury — was obtained in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, who selected Sumner with the 52nd overall pick. New Orleans reportedly received “cash considerations” in the swap. 

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Guard Edmond Sumner, who played for Xavier University, was acquired by the Pacers in a draft-night trade with New Orleans. (Getty Images)

Capable of hitting the perimeter jump shot and also excellent at taking the ball to the hoop, Sumner was averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds when he was injured.

Click this link to check out all of the news and information about the Pacers 2017 draft.

 

 

 

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Smith records double-double but Kentucky snaps All-Star losing streak

Smith records double-double but Kentucky snaps All-Star losing streak

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Connersville’s Grant Smith was basically at his best against the Kentucky boys All-Stars Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the hosts from defeating Indiana, 111-110, in double overtime at the Frankfort Convention Center. 

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Indiana All-Star Grant Smith launches a jump shot against Kentucky Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Smith had 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a rematch Sunday at the Frankfort Civic Center but Kentucky won in double overtime, 111-110. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Smith scored 17 points, snatched 10 rebounds, dished 4 assists and blocked 4 shots for the Indiana All-Stars, which lost to Kentucky for the first time in 18 games. 

The Indiana Wesleyan-bound Smith — who started the game and played nearly 43 minutes — made 6-of-12 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, and centered 3-of-4 free throw attempts. 

Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes (North Central) led Indiana with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Mack Smith (Warren Central) had 23 points and 7 boards, Sasha Stefanovic (Crown Point) scored 15 points and Jalen Adaway (Logansport) finished with 10 points and 10 caroms. 

Jake Ohmer, a 6-0 guard, led Kentucky with 30 points. Terry Taylor had 22 points and 19 rebounds, DeAndre ‘Pedro’ Bradshaw racked up 16 points and 15 boards and Peyton Broughton added 10 points. 

Taveion Hollingsworth, Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, shot just 3-for-18 from the floor, finishing with 8 points. 

Kentucky, which led by as many as 16 in the second half, got a big break with 38 seconds left when Mack Smith was assessed a controversial technical foul. 

Ohmer made both free throws, giving Kentucky a 111-108 lead and possession of the ball. Indiana’s defense held but with time running out, the Hoosier stars missed a 3-pointer with Grant Smith scoring on an offensive rebound at the buzzer to establish the final score.

Both teams made 36 baskets — Indiana took 91 shots, Kentucky launched 95. The winners made 14-of-40 3 pointers; Indiana was 10-for-34 from beyond the arc. 

Kentucky outrebounded Indiana, 64-61, and turned the ball over 15 times compared to Indiana’s 11 miscues.  

On Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana beat Kentucky, 94-89. 

Connersville head coach Kerry Brown served as an assistant coach for the Indiana team. Marty Beasley (Fort Wayne Carroll) was head coach with Culver Academy’s Mark Galloway also serving as an assistant. 

Scoring summary

Indiana: Kris Wilkes: 11-5-28; Mack Smith: 5-10-23; Grant Smith: 6-3-17; Sasha Stefanovic: 4-4-15; Jalen Adaway: 5-0-10; Jaylen Minnett: 3-0-7; Cooper Neese: 2-0-4; Kyle Mangas: 0-4-4; Michael Ertel: 0-2-2. Totals: 36-28-110. 3-pointers: Stefanovic 3; M. Smith 3; G. Smith 2; Wilkes 1; Minnett 1. 

Kentucky: Jake Ohmer: 10-7-30; Terry Taylor: 8-1-22; DeAndre Bradshaw: 4-6-16; Peyton Broughton: 3-3-10; Taveion Hollingsworth: 3-2-8; James Baker: 2-2-7; Kel Livers: 2-2-6; Sean McNeil: 2-0-6; Timmy Dalton: 2-0-4; Lukas Burkman: 0-2-2. Totals: 36-25-111. 3-pointers: Taylor 5; Ohmer 3; Bradshaw 2; McNeil 2; Broughton 1; Baker 1. 

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Boys All-Stars hold off Kentucky for win

Boys All-Stars hold off Kentucky for win

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The lengthy winning streak continues. 

The experience of competing against the best opponents from another state was treasured by everyone in an Indiana uniform.

And that familiar noise generated from ‘Spartan Nation’ was loud and proud, with those things combining to make it a memorable night for Connersville’s Grant Smith and the rest of the 2017 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Star team.

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Connersville High School graduate and Indiana All-Star Grant Smith goes around Kentucky’s Terry Taylor for a finger-roll layin during Indiana’s 94-89 victory Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Smith had 6 points, one rebound and plenty of hustle as the Indiana stars defeated a talented and stubborn Kentucky squad, 94-89, Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse before a crowd of nearly 6,500 fans. 

It is Indiana’s 17th consecutive win over Kentucky. 

Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes (North Central) scored 29 points to lead the winners, with 6-10 Jack Nunge (Castle) and Jalen Adaway (Logansport) scoring 12 apiece and Mack Smith (Warren Central) adding 10.

Kentucky was led by Mr. Basketball Taveion Hollingsworth, a 6-4 scoring machine who finished with 30 points on just 10-of-26 shooting, but whose aggressive offensive game resulted in him shooting 17 free throws — he made only 10. 

Bombadier guard Jake Ohmer, who will join Hollingsworth at Western Kentucky this fall, added 20 points for Kentucky.

“I played all right. I attacked really well in transition and got my teammates involved,” said Smith, who played nearly 17 minutes but was hindered by foul trouble, picking up three by the 7:24 mark of the first half and finishing with four.

“We didn’t play as well as we could, but we executed all right and we got the win.” 

Connersville head coach Kerry Brown, an assistant coach of the All-Stars, was relieved the Hoosier squad hung tough to get the victory. 

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Connersville’s Grant Smith launches a jump shot over Kentucky’s Timmy Dalton Saturday night during the annual Indiana-Kentucky boys All-Star game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

“The most important thing is we won. We beat Kentucky and kept the streak alive, that’s what matters,” said Brown. “This is an excellent experience, competing against the best players from Kentucky. And it’s been non-stop. The kids — everyone involved — are doing something all the time. It’s a great experience and a busy time.” 

Smith and Brown both acknowledged the fans from Connersville who made the trip to watch the sixth boys All-Star in CHS history and his teammates take on the best from the Bluegrass state.

“It’s a huge honor to wear an Indiana All-Star uniform and play in front of all the Indiana fans and all the Spartan Nation fans,” said Smith. “I can’t thank them enough for their support. They always show up and it means a lot.”

“This is the typical support from our fans for Grant and all of our (CHS) players,” noted Brown. “I thought we had the loudest crowd here, especially when they were introducing the players.” 

The Indiana girls All-Stars saw a 7-game winning streak over Kentucky come to an end with a 75-67 loss.

Jaelyn Penn scored 20 points to pace the winners. Dana Evans (Gary West) led Indiana with 18 points, Miss Basketball Karissa McLaughlin (Homestead) tallied 12.

Today’s games, at the Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky., begin with the girls’ game at 2 p.m. with the boys action immediately following. 

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Smith, All-Star teammates ready for Kentucky

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After helping the Connersville Spartans win 64 of 83 varsity games over a three-year span, including a school record 27-2 mark last season, Grant Smith is ready to suit up for the final two times as a high school player. 

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Connersville’s Grant Smith glides to the hoop for a dunk during the Indiana boys Senior All-Star team win over the Juniors’ squad Thursday at Plainfield High School. (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)

The 6-6 Smith will wear jersey No. 12 for the 2017 IndyStar Indiana boys All-Star team when it clashes with Kentucky’s All-Stars tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and Sunday afternoon at the Civic Center in Frankfort, Ky.

Tonight’s game will begin at approximately 7:15, after the girls game which tips off at 5 p.m. The girls will get Sunday’s doubleheader started at 2 p.m. with the boys game following.

Smith and his teammates hope to extend a 16-game winning streak over the Kentucky boys. The Indiana girls have defeated Kentucky 7 straight times.

“It’s a real honor to be on the All-Star team,” Smith said previously. “We want to show Kentucky what Indiana basketball is all about.”

The sixth boys All-Star in CHS history, the high-leaping Smith averaged 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists during his senior season, all team-highs. 

He will attend Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. One of Smith’s All-Star teammates, 6-3 guard Kyle Mangas of Warsaw, also will attend Indiana Wesleyan.

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Marty Beasley of Fort Wayne Carroll is head coach of the boys All-Stars with Connersvillle coach Kerry Brown and Mark Galloway of Culver Academy serving as assistant coaches.

“I feel very fortunate and I’m extremely honored,” Brown said about his role. “It’s a very rewarding feeling.”

Notes: The Hoosier stars will be missing two of their tallest players. Jaylen Butz, a 6-10 center from Fort Wayne North, and 7-0 center Malik Williams of Fort Wayne Snider, were selected to the team but have opted not to play.

Explosive 6-4 guard Jalen Adaway of Logansport was added to the team.

Zach Gunn, a 6-6 forward from Hamilton Southeastern, is injured and will not play, and Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese, a 6-4 guard, is playing with a broken little toe on his left foot. 

The Spartans played against one of Kentucky’s All-Stars during the regular season. Clivonte Patterson, a 6-3 forward, played for Louisville Ballard. CHS defeated Ballard, 78-67, on Jan. 7 in the Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup at New Castle Fieldhouse. 

Smith had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for CHS. Noah Belt tallied 20 points to top the Spartans, Beau Isaacs added 18. Patterson had 13 points and  5 rebounds for Ballard.

Tickets for tonight’s games will be available at The Fieldhouse. Prices start at $7.

 

2017 Boys All-Star rosters

Indiana

Mr. Basketball: Kris Wilkes • (Indianapolis North Central) 6-7 F — UCLA

Grant Smith • (Connersville) 6-6 F — Indiana Wesleyan

Kyle Mangas • (Warsaw) 6-3 G — Indiana Wesleyan

Jack Nunge • (Castle) 6-10 C — Iowa

Cooper Neese • (Cloverdale) 6-4 G — Butler

Michael Ertel • (Mt. Vernon, Fortville), 6-2 G — Louisiana-Monroe

Sasha Stefanovic • (Crown Point) 6-4 F — Purdue

Mack Smith • (Warren Central) 6-2 G — Eastern Illinois

Jaylen Minnett • (Terre Haute South) 6-1 G — IUPUI

Jermaine Couisnard • (East Chicago Central) 6-1 G — College choice: (undecided)

Jalen Adaway • (Logansport) 6-4 G Miami (Ohio) 

Injured, will not play:

Zach Gunn • (Hamilton Southeastern) 6-6 F — Ball State

Selected to the team but will not play: 

Jaylen Butz • (Fort Wayne North) 6-10 C — DePaul

Malik Williams • (Fort Wayne Snider) 7-0 C — Louisville

 

Kentucky 

Mr. Basketball: Taveion Hollingsworth • (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 

Clivonte Patterson • (Louisville Ballard)

James Baker • (Meade County)

DeAndre Bradshaw • (Russellville)

Peyton Broughton • (North Laurel)

Lukas Burkman • (Trinity)

Timmy Dalton • (Lawrence County)

Kel Livers • (Bardstown)

Sean McNeil • (Cooper)

Jake Ohmer • (Scott)

Terry Taylor • (Bowling Green)

Chris Vogt • (Graves County)

Trace Young • (North Hardin) (alternate)

Head coach: Rodney Woods (Wayne County)

Assistant coach: Scott Chalk (Paul Laurence Dunbar)

Coach: James Boo Brewer (Bardstown)

Coach: Jack Baker (Wayne County)

 

Girls rosters

Indiana

Miss Basketball: Karissa McLaughlin • Homestead (Purdue)

Madisen Parker • Homestead (Bowling Green)

Destiny Perkins • Lawrence North (Akron)

Dana Evans • Gary West (Louisville)

Madison Wise • Greenfield-Central (Iowa State)

Nicole Konieczny • South Bend St. Joseph (Valparaiso)

Maliah Howard-Bass • Columbus North (Ball State)

Ajanae’ Thomas • Indianapolis North Central (Indiana State)

Chyna Anthony • New Albany (Northern Kentucky)

Riley Blackwell • Plainfield (Northern Illinois)

Rachel McLimore • Zionsville (DePaul)

Zion Sanders • Evansville Central (Iowa)

Macee Williams • Fountain Central (IUPUI)

Head coach: Curt Benge (Plainfield)  

Assistant coaches: Vince Cerbone (Martinsville) and Michelle Harte (Warsaw) 

 

Kentucky 

Miss Basketball: Lindsey Duvall • (Bullitt East)

Tasia Jeffries • (Butler)

Jaelynn Penn • (Butler)

Breia Torrens • (Butler)

Rebecca Cook • (Franklin County)

Princess Stewart • (Franklin County)

Jordan Brock • (Harlan County) 

Kaylee Clifford • (Trimble County)

Mackenzie Coleman • (Metcalfe County)

Tonysha Curry • (DuPont Manual)

Kristen Mayo • (East Carter)

Jada Stinson • (Elizabethtown)

Head Coach: Larry Just (Butler)

Assistant coach: Joey Thacker (Franklin County)

Coach: Hager Easterling (East Carter)

Coach: Amy Siegel (Assumption) 

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Hickory boys win Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic

Hickory boys win Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic

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All-Star basketball games at any level are nearly always dominated by the guards on the court, and Friday’s boys game in the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic was no exception.

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Connersville graduate and Indiana All-Star Grant Smith had 11 points and 7 rebounds during the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic Friday night at Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

However, a good time was had by all in Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym, including Connersville graduate Grant Smith, despite the fact his Terhune Tigers team came up short on the scoreboard, losing to the ‘host’ Hickory Huskers, 152-130.

“I had a good time. It was really fun getting to play with these guys,” Smith said afterward.

“There was a lot of talent out here and it’s always fun to play with and against great competition.”

The 6-6 Smith — who will play against the best prep players from Kentucky next weekend as a member of the Indiana All-Star team — scored 11 points and snagged 7 rebounds — 6 off the offensive glass.

One offensive board that likely won the ‘Whoa! Play-of-the-Game’ award, was the same sheer-hustle play Connersville fans witnessed during the Spartans-Ben Davis regional championship contest at Southport Fieldhouse.

With 5:32 left to play, Smith raced toward the rim, grabbed the rebound of a missed shot by Warren Central’s Mack Smith and threw down a reverse dunk that was as smooth as silk.

“That was fun,” he said with a smile. “I know sometimes there’s not a lot of defense played in All-Star games so I was trying to get a lot of rebounds and do other things to help my team.

“I knew if I rebounded the ball I could get it and go so I tried to get as many rebounds as I could.”

Three players that Smith and head coach Kerry Brown’s Spartans squared off against many times in the past three years were key to the Hickory team’s win.

Michael Ertel, a smooth, deadly-shooting 6-2 guard from Mt. Vernon (Fortville) who will play at Louisiana-Monroe, scored 23 points.

Northeastern High School graduate Tyler Smith used his quickness and excellent shooting ability to tally 18 points, and the 6-1 guard who’s headed for Florida Southern scored the game’s last basket with a resounding two-hand jam at the buzzer.

“This was fun, a good experience,” Tyler Smith said. “I really enjoyed it.”

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New Castle sharpshooter David Froedge banged five 3-pointers and also scored 18 points. Froedge will attend Don Bosco Prep school.

Hunter Ferris, a 6-5 Cambridge City Lincoln graduate who will attend IU-East, added 2 points and 3 rebounds for the winners.

Terhune won the girls game, defeating Hickory, 87-75.

Now, Grant Smith is looking foward to a pair of Junior-Senior exhibition games — the first at New Albany on June 6, the second on June 8 at Plainfield — and then the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series.

Game 1 is Saturday, June 10 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The girls game starts at 5 p.m. with the boys game beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Game 2 will be played on June 11 at the Frankfort Civic Center. The girls get things started at 1 p.m. with the boys game scheduled to tip-off at 3:15 p.m.

Kerry Brown will serve as an assistant coach to head coach Marty Beasley of Fort Wayne Carroll.

“Playing with the best talent from around the state has been unbelievable, an experience I’ll never forget,” said Smith. “I’m really looking forward to playing against Kentucky.” 

Notes: During a halftime chat with Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett, the Rushville native fondly recalled high school basketball from the past, including Connersville’s 1972 boys state championship team. “We had the distinction of losing to them not once, not twice but three times that season,” he said, adding that he recently saw and spoke with former Spartans’ star and 1972 Mr. Basketball Phil Cox. 

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Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett talks with WHMB-TV broadcasters during halftime of Friday night’s boys game at Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. (Photo by Rodney Kemp)

Hogsett, who graduated from RCHS in 1974, also remembers being one of the many people who stood along the sides of various roadways as the Spartans’ team bus and caravan of fans made their way back to Connersville from Bloomington. “They were our rivals but we were happy for them,” he said. 

He also said he knows the recent success of the Spartans’ boys hoops team and Grant Smith’s accomplishments have been positives for a community that needs as many positives as possible. 

“He’s a really good player. I’m happy for him and for what all of this has meant for Connersville.”

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Smith, All-Star teammates ready for Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic

Smith, All-Star teammates ready for Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic

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When the Terhune Tigers tangle with the Hickory Huskers on Friday, June 2, Connersville High School graduate Grant Smith will be one of seven members of the Indiana Boys All-Star team displaying his talent, and one of four trying to beat the legendary ‘home’ team.

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Connersville High School graduate and 2017 Indiana boys All-Star Grant Smith will play in the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic at Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym. (File photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Smith — the sixth boys player from CHS to earn a spot on the Indiana All-Star team — will play for the Terhune team when it goes against the Huskers in the 2017 Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic at Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.

Historic Hoosier Gym was the home gymnasium of the Hickory Huskers of ‘Hoosiers’ the movie fame.

The girls-boys doubleheader begins at 6 p.m. with the young women taking the court first. The boys game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It will be interesting and great to play with some of the top high school talent in the state,” Smith said. “It’s going to be fun and a really good experience.”

Historic Hoosier Gym seats just 665 fans, according to Kip Wesner, team coordinator for the games, who said officials expect the event to sell out before June 2.

“Ticket sales have been pretty good so far and it nearly always sells out prior to the games,” said Wesner. “All seats are reserved so people should contact us as soon as possible.” 

Ticket information can be obtained by calling (317) 925-8200. All seats are $25. The event is a significant fundraiser for the gymnasium and its upkeep.

Smith once again will see some familiar faces he’s gone up against on the court, with most of them playing on the Hickory team.

The Huskers’ roster includes All-Star Michael Ertel (Mt. Vernon, Fortville), Mark Albers (Pendleton Heights), Hunter Ferris (Cambridge City Lincoln), David Froedge (New Castle), Tyler Smith (Northeastern), Courvoisier McCauley (Indianapolis Manual) and Datrion Harper (Ben Davis).

Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats logoThe 6-6 Smith, who will attend Indiana Wesleyan University, averaged 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocked shots to help lead Connersville to a school-best 27-2 record.

The historical season ended in the championship game of the Southport Regional when CHS lost to eventual Class 4A state champion Ben Davis, 44-21.

Now, Smith is looking forward to playing in the Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic as well as the annual IndianaKentucky All-Star series.

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“Playing in the Reunion Classic and the all-star games against Kentucky will be something I’ll never forget. It’s a real honor and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“I can’t wait for the all-star games. We want to show Kentucky what Indiana basketball is all about.”

As far as the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic, Wesner is enthused, and extremely busy coordinating the 12th event.

“We have 17 Indiana All-Stars playing, seven boys and 10 girls, so we’ll have some excellent talent on the court,” he said. “It should be two great games.”

 

Notes: A limited number of seats are available. Call (317) 925-8200 to order tickets. 

Rushville’s Kaitlyn Howe will play for the Hickory team in the girls contest. 

The first game of the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series is Saturday, June 10 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The girls game begins at 5 p.m. with the boys game tipping off at 7:15 p.m.

Game 2 will be played on June 11 at the Civic Center in Frankfort, Ky., with the girls action starting at 1 p.m. and the boys game set for 3:15 p.m.

The boys All-Stars will be coached by Marty Beasley of Fort Wayne Carroll with Connersville head coach Kerry Brown and Mark Galloway of Culver Academy serving as assistant coaches.

Two Junior-Senior exhibition games will be played, the first on June 6 at New Albany, the second at Plainfield on June 8.

The games will be doubleheaders with the girls contests tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys action beginning at 8 p.m.

Rosters for the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic 

Boys teams

Terhune Tigers 

Grant Smith • Connersville (Indiana Wesleyan) ••• 

Jaylen Minnett • Terre Haute South (IUPUI) •••

Mack Smith • Warren Central (Eastern Illinois) •••

Jermaine Cousinard • East Chicago Central (undecided) •••

Jacob Redding • Ft. Wayne Carroll (Louisville) 

Nike Sibande • Crispus Attucks (Miami, Ohio) 

Kobe Webster • Park Tudor (Western Illinois) 

Tim Abel • Indian Creek (Cincinnati Christian) 

Sterling Brown • Carmel (Marian) 

Haden Deaton • McCutcheon (Grace) 

Gavin Griggs • Shenandoah (Olivet Nazarene) 

Trevor Lakes • Lebanon (UIndy) 

Coach: Dave McCollough (Shenandoah)

••• = Indiana All-Star 

 

Hickory Huskers 

Michael Ertel • Mt. Vernon (Louisiana Monroe) •••

Cooper Neese • Cloverdale (Butler) •••

Jaylen Butz • Ft. Wayne North (DePaul) •••

Mark Albers • Pendleton Heights (Marian)

Hunter Ferris • Cambridge City Lincoln (undecided)

David Froedge • New Castle (prep school)

Jalen Adaway • Logansport (Miami, Ohio)

Datrion Harper • Ben Davis (IU-East)

Matt Jennings • Logansport (Grace)

JonRoss Richardson • Lapel (Rollins)

Tyler Smith • Northeastern (Florida Southern)

Courvoisier McCauley • Indianapolis Manual (prep school)

Coach: Travis Daugherty (Mt. Vernon, Fortville)

••• = Indiana All-Star

 

Girls teams 

Terhune Tigers 

Destiny Perkins • Lawrence North (Akron)

Paige Barrett • Scottsburg (Murray State)

Riley Blackwell • Plainfield (Northern Illinois)

Kayla Casteel • Plainfield (Evansville)

Maliah Howard-Bass • Columbus North (Ball State)

Bre Lloyd • Hamilton Southeastern (Wright State)

Rachel McLimore • Zionsville (DePaul)

Reagan McMurray • New Palestine (Illinois Wesleyan)

Courtney Raymer • Triton Central (IU-South Bend)

Zion Sanders • Evansville Central (Iowa)

Macee Williams • Fountain Central (IUPUI)

Coaches: Bryant Graham (Triton Central) and Pat McKee (Columbus North)

 

Hickory Huskers 

Katie Helgason • Greenfield-Central (Ball State)

Madison Wise • Greenfield-Central (Iowa State)

Kaitlyn Howe • Rushville (undecided)

Olivia Porter • New Castle (Ball State)

Ajanae’ Thomas • North Central (Indiana State)

Katrina Christian • Crothersville (Eastern Illinois)

Taylor Drury • Eastern (Pekin) (UIndy)

Brooke James • Princeton (Wabash Valley)

Nicole Konieczny • South Bend St. Joseph (Valparaiso)

Karissa McLaughlin • Homestead (Purdue)

Anne Secrest • Tippecanoe Valley (Youngstown State)

Coach: Corie West (New Castle)

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