If you are looking for star power in this year’s high school basketball state finals, there’s a lengthy list to choose from. Here are 20 players to watch:
Adam Beasley, Crawford County: The 6-3 Beasley hit the game-winning shot with 3 seconds left to lift Crawford County to an upset win over Class 2A No. 1 Providence in the sectional championship. Beasley is the leading scorer (10.8 ppg, 3.9 rebounds) for the Wolfpack in their first state finals appearance.
Blake Bennington, Twin Lakes: The 6-3 senior is averaging 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds for the 25-win Indians, Crispus Attucks’ opponent the Class 3A game.
Bryce Bennington, Twin Lakes: The 6-2 senior guard leads Twin Lakes in scoring (12.1 ppg) and assists (4.3) and shoots 39 percent from the 3-point line. The Indians are balanced with five players averaging between 9.2 and 12.1 points.
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Josh Brewer, Ben Davis: The 6-4 senior hit the last-second game-winning 3-pointer in a 74-71 win over Castle in the Class 4A semistate. He’s averaging 10.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and shooting 39 percent from 3.
Keion Brooks, Fort Wayne North Side: The 6-8 sophomore is the highest-ranked prospect on this list, coming in at No. 17 in the 2019 class by the 247sports composite rankings. Brooks leads Class 4A North Side in scoring (20.5 ppg) and is second in rebounds (7.4).
Jaylen Butz, Fort Wayne North Side: The 6-11 Butz, a DePaul recruit, is a no-doubt IndyStar Indiana All-Star as he’s averaged 16.7 points and 12.2 rebounds for the Class 4A state finalists. Butz is shooting 66.5 percent from the field.
Avery Denhart, Lafayette Central Catholic: Denhart, a 6-3 senior, leads the Knights in scoring (16.0 ppg). LCC is making its first appearance in Class A state finals since winning the third of three titles in 2003.
Datrion Harper, Ben Davis: The 6-foot senior, a three-year starter at point guard, is a steady hand for the Giants. Harper is averaging 11.5 points, 3.3 assists and shooting 35 percent from the 3-point line.
Jamal Harris, Crispus Attucks: The 6-2 junior had his breakthrough game in a 84-77 Class 3A semistate win over Evansville Bosse, scoring a career-high 30 points. The high-flying Harris is averaging 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and shooting 55 percent from the field.
Aaron Henry, Ben Davis: The 6-6 Henry has played like a rising star in the tournament and is leading Ben Davis in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounds (6.7) going into the Class 4A finals. Henry is shooting 56 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3.
Eric Hunter, Tindley: The 6-3 junior is averaging a team-high 26.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists and is shooting a remarkable 54 percent from the 3-point line. Hunter is offers from Butler, Purdue, Creighton, Minnesota, Nebraska, Xavier and others.
Kayden Key, Frankton: The 6-1 sophomore sets the tone for the Class 2A Eagles, averaging a team-high 5.2 assists. He’s second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and shoots 37 percent from the 3-point line.
Devontae Kinnie, Fort Wayne North Side: The 5-9 senior plays a pivotal role for the Legends, averaging a team-high 4.9 assists. He doesn’t shoot much from the perimeter but is averaging 9.4 points and shooting 61 percent from the field.
Maurice Knight, Frankton: Frankton’s success on Saturday will center on the 6-4 senior. Knight is averaging 21.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. He’s shooting 58 percent from the field.
Jalen Newsom, Ben Davis: The 6-2 Newsom hit six 3-pointers on Saturday’s semistate win over Castle and has been hot from the perimeter throughout the tournament. He’s averaging 10.2 points and shooting 49 percent from 3.
Juan Quarles, Fort Wayne North Side: The 6-2 senior is averaging 10.8 points and does most of his damage from the 3-point line, where he’s making 44 percent (48-for-108) of his attempts.
Teyon Scanlan, Crispus Attucks: The 6-1 senior is second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and can get hot from the 3-point line (33 percent on season).
Nike Sibande, Crispus Attucks: The 6-4 senior is averaging a team-high 22.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and is shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line. Sibande is a Division I talent, though he’ll likely do a year of prep school after graduation.
Ben Tharp, Lafayette Central Catholic: The 6-2 senior is averaging 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Tharp had 16 points in the semistate win over Gary 21st Century. Tharp and Denhart are also football standouts.
Hunter White, Tindley: The 6-3 junior is averaging 17.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Class A Tigers. White is receiving Division I interest.
Seven more: Carson Barrett, Lafayette Central Catholic, freshman; K.J. Coleman, Tindley, junior; Alex Cooley, Crispus Attucks, senior; Kris Goodlow, Twin Lakes, senior; Brandan Johnson, Fort Wayne North Side, junior; Zac Owens, Crispus Attucks, senior; Landon Weins, Frankton, junior.
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Saturday’s state finals
Games will air live on Fox Sports Indiana
Class A: Lafayette Central Catholic (22-6) vs. Tindley (23-5), 10:30 a.m.
Class 2A: Frankton (22-6) vs. Crawford County (22-6), 12:45 p.m.
Class 3A: Twin Lakes (25-3) vs. Crispus Attucks (24-4), 6 p.m.
Class 4A: Fort Wayne North Side (27-2) vs. Ben Davis (22-5), 8:15 p.m.