The IndyStar announced the 2017 Indiana All-Stars Monday.
There was speculation that a few players were going to pull out of the event because they will be heading to college before the Indiana-Kentucky games. The Indiana All-Stars are trying to make sure all players are committed to playing in the series. It appears that all of the selected players have said they will play in the games.
Butz dominated the glass for North Side all season. He played his role to perfection as he controlled the paint, and didn’t try to play on the perimeter. That led to an incredibly efficient season which had North Side in the state championship game.
Mangas was the best player that many fans didn’t see. He always performed well on the biggest stages as he led Warsaw to great seasons the last two years. Mangas put on a show during the Michigan City Regional. He scored 47 in the morning game against East Chicago.
Smith did a little bit of everything as Connersville made it to the Regional final against Ben Davis. He put Connersville on his back, especially once Beau Isaacs was injured in the first game of the Sectional.
Wilkes was more consistent as a senior, and that led to the Panthers being one of the top teams in the state. He averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game in his final high school season. He was a McDonald’s All-American this year.
Williams took his game to a new level as a senior. He attacked the glass more than ever. It led to him averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Each year there are snubs since there are a limited amount of spots on the All-Star team. With Jaren Jackson Jr., Paul Scruggs and Justin Roberts leaving IHSAA schools this season, it left a few more spots open than usual. The only major mistake that I see with the team is leaving off Crispus Attucks guard Nike Sibande. He was fantastic as a senior plus he had a really strong junior year. He led Attucks to the 3A title this year. Sibande should have made the team.