The Indiana All-Stars play their annual series against their Kentucky counterparts Saturday, June 11 (at Bankers Life Fieldhouse) and Sunday, June 12 (in Louisville). Here are 10 things that will help you better know the group trying to extend long winning streaks.
Indiana is on a roll
The Hoosier girls have won five games in a row in the series, including 30- and 44-point victories last year. Indiana leads the all-time series, which began in 1976, 45-35. Indiana’s boys have won 15 straight in the series, last splitting with Kentucky in 2008. Indiana posted three- and 11-point victories last year. Indiana also swept the series in 2005-07 (and won the second game in 2004), giving it wins in 22 of the past 23 matchups.
Players on the Indiana squads account for 12 state championships, 11 by girls: Tyasha Harris and Darby Foresman, three each for Heritage Christian; Cameron Onken, two at Lafayette Central Catholic; one each for Camryn Burh (Penn), Sydney Shelton (Mt. Vernon) and Jackie Young (Princeton). The lone boys All-Star to win a state title was C.J. Walker at Tech.
Four All-Stars have been recognized on a national level. Jackie Young, Lindsey Corsaro (Roncalli) and Kyle Guy (Lawrence Central) played in the McDonald’s All American Games. Tyasha Harris was named to a USA Basketball squad that will play for the FIBA Americas U18 championship in Chile in July.
Indiana Sports Awards
Several All-Stars (besides Miss and Mr. Basketball) earned Indiana Sports Awards in April.
• Jackie Young was Indiana Female Athlete of the Year:
The state’s all-time leading scorer, boy or girl, Young surpassed Damon Bailey’s mark and finished with 3,268 career points. A McDonald’s All American and Notre Dame signee, Young was named the Naismith National Player of the Year. She averaged 34.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.8 steals as a senior. “All she wants to do is win,” Young’s coach, Charles Mair, was saying a few minutes later.
• Desmond Bane was Fans’ Choice for Male Athlete of the Year:
A prolific scorer for the Class A Seton Catholic Cardinals, Bane won the Marsh Indiana Athlete of the Month awards for February and December. Bane finished the season averaging 30.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.2 blocks a game.
• Lindsey Corsaro was Comeback Athlete of the Year:
One of state’s top girls basketball players, Corsaro tore her anterior cruciate ligament in late January 2015, cutting short her junior season. She returned this season to help lead Roncalli to the Class 4A semistate, averaging 25.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. She is a member of the IndyStar’s 2016 Super Team and a McDonald’s All American.
Among the players committed to college, more are going to Big East schools than any other. Three are headed to Butler (Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon; Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon; Joey Brunk, Southport), another to Seton Hall (Eron Gordon) and one to Villanova (Cameron Onken, Lafayette Central Catholic). Four players are headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference (Jackie Young, Notre Dame; Emily Sullivan of Evansville Memorial, North Carolina; Kyle Guy, Virginia; C.J. Walker, Florida State).
Three are Big Ten bound (Darby Foresman, Indiana; Ae’Rianna Harris of Lawrence North, Purdue; Grant Gelon of Crown Point, IU) and three will attend Mid-American Conference schools (Lauren Dickerson of Lawrence North, Miami (Ohio); Eugene German of Gary 21st Century, Northern Illinois; Kyle Mallers of Fort Wayne Carroll, Ball State).
Conferences with two All-Stars each: Southeastern (Tyasha Harris, South Carolina; Brachen Hazen of Columbia City, Arkansas) and Patriot (Camryn Buhr of Penn, Lehigh; Tucker Barnwell of Bloomington South, Army).
Lindsey Corsaro of Roncalli committed to UCLA in recent days, so she has he longest trek to college. Every other girls player is staying in the Eastern time zone, with Tyasha Harris traveling the farthest, to South Carolina. Damien Jefferson of East Chicago Central will have the longest trek among the boys, to New Mexico.
Just down the street
Two All-Stars will attend college in the same city as they played in high school: Dru Smith (Evansville Reitz and Evansville) and Joey Brunk (Southport and Butler).
Two schools have two All-Stars each: Heritage Christian (Darby Foresman, Tyasha Harris) and Lawrence North (Lauren Dickerson and Ae’Rianna Harris).
Two girls All-Stars set state records this year: Jackie Young for career points (3,268) and Lebanon’s Kristen Spolyar for points in a season (1,031), snapping a mark set the previous year by Young.
Four boys All-Stars hail form Lake County: Grant Gelon of Crown Point, Eugene German of Gary 21st Century, Damien Jefferson of East Chicago Central and Tremell Murphy of Griffith.