It’s that time of year again. Time to unveil this season’s IndyStar Mr. and Miss Basketball awards.
But this year, things are going to be a little different.
IndyStar’s Mr. and Miss Basketball awards, presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, respectively, will be announced at the inaugural Indiana Sports Awards on April 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The event, which will be hosted by Fever coach Stephanie White and include a keynote speech from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and appearances from more local sports celebrities, will honor the state’s top high school athletes in 28 sports as well as at-large categories such as Scholar Athlete and Courage Award.
Tamika Catchings, a 10-time WNBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, will present Miss Basketball, while former IU great Quinn Buckner, one of only seven people to win an Olympic gold medal as well as NCAA and NBA championships, will announce Mr. Basketball.
Here are this year’s finalists:
MISS BASKETBALL PRESENTED BY INDIANA FEVER
Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli: A McDonald’s All American and University of Kentucky recruit, Corsaro helped lead the Rebels to 24 wins and a regional title this season. She averaged 25.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, is Roncalli’s all-time leader in points (1,904) and holds six other school records.
Tyasha Harris, Heritage Christian: Harris led the Eagles to a third straight state title, this time in Class 3A. She averaged 23.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.8 assists this season. Harris leaves Heritage Christian as the school’s leader in points (2,004) and steals (487).
Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon: A prolific scorer, Spolyar helped the Tigers to their first regional title in 15 years. She set a new single-season scoring record this season with 1,031 points and finished her career third on the state’s all-time scoring list. She averaged 35.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 assists as a senior and will play at Butler next season.
Jackie Young, Princeton: 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.
MR. BASKETBALL PRESENTED BY INDIANA PACERS
Joey Brunk, Southport: One of the top big men in the state, Brunk finished his senior season averaging 18.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. He helped the Cardinals to a 22-7 record and their first sectional title since 2000 and first regional since 1990. The 6-10 Brunk will play next season at Butler.
Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central: The state’s only McDonald’s All American this season, Guy set the school’s all-time scoring record this year. A University of Virginia recruit, he averaged 23.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 steals a game and led the Bears to a 19-7 mark and sectional final appearance.
C.J. Walker, Tech: A future Florida State Seminole, Walker averaged 24.5 points, 5.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals this season for Tech. He helped lead the Titans to a second City tournament title in three years, scoring a game-high 19 points in January’s final.
See Mr. and Miss Basketball winners announced live
You can join the excitement as we honor Indiana high school athletes in all sports in the Indiana Sports Awards, 6 p.m. April 28. The inaugural award ceremony will include a keynote speech by Andrew Luck, a sit-down dinner and tributes to scores of athletes — including the live announcement of the 2016 IndyStar Mr. and Miss Basketball presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, respectively. A limited number of tickets are available to the public for $50. Go to indystar.com/indianasportsawards for more information or to buy tickets.