Two local standouts playing in the high school boys basketball state finals Saturday have been named to the core boys IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star team.
Ben Davis’ Aaron Henry and Tindley’s Eric Hunter both were selected as core Junior All-Stars. The 6-6 Henry, averaging a team-high 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, leads the Giants into the Class 4A final against Fort Wayne North Side. The 6-3 Hunter, averaging 26.1 points and 7.1 rebounds, leads Tindley into the Class A final against Lafayette Central Catholic.
Henry and Hunter are two of six core players who will play in both exhibition games against the Indiana All-Stars. The games are set for June 6 at New Albany and June 8 at Plainfield. Admission is $6 with the girls games at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.
The other core juniors are 6-6 South Bend Riley forward Damezi Anderson, 5-8 Evansville Bosse guard Mekhi Lairy, 6-5 New Albany guard Romeo Langford and 6-foot McCutcheon guard Robert Phinisee.
The North group will play at Plainfield with the core Juniors. Players in the North group are 6-10 Plainfield center Gavin Bizeau, 6-3 Merrillville guard Johnny Bernard, 6-5 Lawrence North forward Kevin Easley, 6-4 South Bend Adams guard Walter Ellis, 6-2 Crispus Attucks guard Jamal Harris and 6-8 forward Caleb Middlesworth.
The South group will play at New Albany. Players chosen for the South group are 6-5 Cathedral guard Jarron Coleman, 6-3 Bloomington South guard Chance Coyle, 6-foot New Albany guard Sean East, 6-5 Bloomington North forward Musa Jallow, 5-9 Cloverdale guard Jalen Moore and 6-3 Terre Haute South guard De’Avion Washington.
Castle’s Brian Gibson will coach the Junior All-Stars. He will be assisted by Valparaiso’s Barak Coolman and Oak Hill’s Kevin Renbarger.
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