BB: 2011 Indiana All-Stars announced
April 16, 2011By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Hoosier Authority
By E. Shawn Aylsworth
Guards Nic Moore of Warsaw, Pike's Marquis Teague, and Dee Davis of Bloomington South – the next three top vote-getters for Mr. Basketball behind winner Cody Zeller of Washington –provide a distinct point-guard flavor to the 13-player 2011 Indiana All-Star Team announced April 14 by the Indianapolis Star.
The team to be coached by Mike Hackett (210-52 in 11 seasons at Munster) also will feature a trio of McDonald’s All-Americans in Zeller, Teague, and Gary Wallace’s Branden Dawson.
“This was a very strong year for point guards,” Hackett told indystar.com. “There are probably a couple players who didn't make it who would have in other years. I can picture it in my head where we have a couple of them on the floor at the same time.
“It wasn't easy making those last few choices. There were eight or nine that were probably locks, or at least jump out at you. Then you look at the makeup of your roster and decide, 'Do we need another guard?' or 'Do we need another big kid?' or 'Do we need another shooter?' You try to fill it out with what you don't have."
Charlie Hall, the All-Star game director who helped Hackett in the decision-making process along with assistant coaches Bill Zych (21-5 in his first season at Pike) and Jeff Moore (309-182 in 22 years at Sullivan), said he likes the 2011 team’s talent level.
“I think any time you have three McDonald's All-Americans, you like your talent,” Hall told indystar.com. “We're a pretty tall team – we have eight players between (6’3”) and 6’11”, so we like our size.
“Some of those guys are more of finesse-type players, but you also hope that size translates into rebounding.”
The All-Stars – both boys and girls – will play a pair of exhibition games against the Junior All-Stars (June 6 at Washington, June 8 at Kokomo) before facing Kentucky at Bellarmine University in Louisville June 10 and at Conseco Fieldhouse June 11.
The Hoosier boys own an 81-42 series lead over Kentucky, a mark that includes victories in 11 of the last 12 games and a sweep the last two years.
Player High school Ht. PPG College
Cody Zeller Washington 6’11” 24.0 Indiana
Adonis Filer Hammond Noll 6’3” 16.1 Undecided
Joe Crisman Munster 6’4” 17.2 Loyola-Chicago
Eric Stutz Castle 6’8” 21.6 Eastern Kentucky
Nic Moore Warsaw 5’9” 27.7 Illinois State
Branden Dawson Gary Wallace 6’6” 30.0 Michigan State
Andy Smeathers Center Grove 6’7” 14.7 Butler
Marquis Teague Pike 6’2” 22.1 Kentucky
Austin Richie Lowell 6’1” 32.7 Western Michigan
Justin Gant Terre Haute North 6’8” 15.2 Indiana State
Dee Davis Bloomington South 5’9” 22.6 Xavier
Austin Etherington Hamilton Heights 6’6” 18.6 Indiana
Chris Whitehead New Albany 5’11” 17.1 Undecided
Head coach: Mike Hackett (Munster)
Assistant coaches: Bill Zych (Pike), Jeff Moore (Sullivan)