Five tough cuts for Indiana All-Star team

Five tough cuts for Indiana All-Star team

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Five tough cuts for Indiana All-Star team

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Park Tudor Bryce Moore tosses the net over head as he celebrates with his teammates. The Park Tudor Panther defeated the Frankton Eagles 73-46 to win the IHSAA 2A Boys Basketball State Final Saturday, March 28, 2015, afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Park Tudor Bryce Moore tosses the net over head as he celebrates with his teammates. The Park Tudor Panther defeated the Frankton Eagles 73-46 to win the IHSAA 2A Boys Basketball State Final Saturday, March 28, 2015, afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Every year, there are a few players with a strong case who are left off the IndyStar Indiana All-Star roster. I’m hesitant to call them “snubs” because that would diminish the achievements of the 13 players – or 14, this year – who were named to the team. But this year, in particular, was a tough season to separate the 14 All-Stars from another group of about 10 or 12 who had a strong case. There were a couple names I thought for sure would be there and were not. All-Star director Charlie Hall doesn’t have any easy job. Here are five players I thought could have easily been selected and were not:

Hyron Edwards, East Chicago Central: I had Edwards categorized as “probably in” last week when I took a shot at projecting the team. Edwards, who is uncommitted for college, was on the IBCA’s “Supreme 15” seniors and was third team all-state by the Associated Press, putting him among the top 15 vote getters regardless of class. Edwards had a strong senior season and helped East Chicago Central to a 20-4 record. What may have hurt Edwards, however, is that the Cardinals never won a sectional in his four seasons.

Bryce Moore, Park Tudor: I thought Moore, a Western Michigan recruit, had probably clinched a spot when Park Tudor won its third Class 2A state title in four years and he posted a 31-point game in the state championship. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a senior. It appears that the All-Star committee went with Devin Cannady and Joel Okafor as point guards and went with another wing or post player instead of adding a third point guard. Carmel’s Ryan Cline and Howe’s Harris Brown have also played some point.

Dylan Windler, Perry Meridian: It’s quite possible that we look back at this class in a few years and wonder how the 6-6 Windler was not on the All-Star team. I think Windler is capable of having a very nice career at Belmont. His numbers as a senior at Perry Meridian – 27.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game – are All-Star quality and some. Perry Meridian was 12-10 against a good 4A schedule. The Falcons lost by 27 in the sectional to Pike, which likely didn’t help.

Pat Bacon, Lawrence North: I’m not sure Bacon, who is uncommitted for college, got the look he might have deserved because he was relatively off-the-radar prior to his senior season. But he had an outstanding senior year (21.4 points, 5.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 44 percent 3-point shooting) against one of the toughest schedules in the state. He was named Marion County Player of the Year and led Lawrence North to a 19-6 record and its first sectional title since 2009. Bacon flat got it done.

Alex Stein, Evansville Reitz: If Evansville Reitz closes out Homestead and wins Class 4A, who knows, maybe Reitz gets a second player on the team. The 6-3 Stein, a University of Southern Indiana recruit, averaged 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.6 steals for a team that finished 29-2. Stein certainly looked like an All-Star the times I watched him play.

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