INDIANA CLASS BASKETBALL ALL-STAR CLASSIC CELEBRATES 11th YEAR, OFFERS PREP PLAYERS OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN EXPOSURE
May 30, 2019
by: Richard Torres, Director of Media Relations
ANDERSON – On June 14th the Annual Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic celebrates its 11th year as more than 140 players from across the state put their talents on display over two days inside Anderson University’s Kardatzke Wellness Center.
The brainchild of Kent Benson, co-founder of Indiana Basketball All-Star Classic, Inc., and Steven Stremming, founder of Excel High School Sports Publications, the eight-game showcase, beginning on Friday, June 14 and running through Saturday, June 15, is specifically designed to provide players with collegiate exposure, a mission that continues to evolve since the event’s inaugural launch in 2008.
“Now in our eleventh year, we are excited to have become the Premier Indiana High School Basketball All-Star Games. We have expanded our live streaming coverage of our games reaching college coaches at all levels all across America by showcasing the great talent and quality of character Indiana Class Basketball has to offer,” said Benson, a 1973 Indiana Mr. Basketball at New Castle High School. “Besides broadcastsport.net, we have thru our partnership with Indiana Sports Network, televised games will be live on social media and traditional TV via Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV and Facebook Live. By having these formats, it increases the exposure of boys and girls to receive scholarships to earn a college education while continuing to play the game they live at the next level.”
As a former national champion with the 1975-76 undefeated Indiana Hoosiers, Benson’s aim is to open doors for high school players searching for a potential path to further their basketball careers.
In its sixth year at Anderson University, the Indiana Basketball All-Star Classic was first conducted at New Castle Chrysler Fieldhouse and has grown in popularity with hoops fans and its participants, who are invited to compete at the NCAA venue free of charge.
The Indiana Class Basketball All Star Classic is a 501 (c) 3) Not for Profit Charity.
The games tip-off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Anderson University with the Senior Girls game, followed by the Senior Boys contest at 2 p.m. The Future Boys game starts at 6:00 p.m. and the evening concludes with the Future Girls game at 7:30 p.m.
The event’s second day starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, with a Junior Boys doubleheader. The second Junior Boys game will tip-off at 2 p.m. The Junior Girls take the court for their doubleheader at 6 p.m. The second Junior Girls contest will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Admission for the showcase is $10 per person and $25 for groups of three or more. A Most Outstanding Player of the Game will be recognized after each contest. Two Kent Benson Fellowship of Christian Athletes Mental Attitude Award winners will also be honored.
A total of six players will represent four of the state’s eight recently crowned Indiana High School Athletic Association’s 2018-19 state championship basketball programs, including Class A Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and 4A Carmel for the boys, and 3A Northwestern and 4A Hamilton Southeastern for the girls.
The Senior Girls game will highlight 18 players overall. Set to participate are Ariel Dale (Northfield), Megan Harlow (Whiteland), Kelsey Mitchell (Tipton), Casey Schroeder (Wawasee), Linsday Simpson (Knox), Rylee Morris (Lutheran), Amani Brown (Terre Haute South Vigo), Kinnidy Garrard (Pike), Amani Freeman (Avon), Staisha Hamilton (Anderson), Emma Fisher (Benton Central), Ariana Booker (Perry Meridian), Maddie Ryman (Warsaw), Trinity McClendon (Warren Central), Kloe Crenshaw (Charles A. Tindley), Simone Carter (Lawrence Central), Hannah Foster (Blue River Valley) and Haley Foster (Blue River Valley).
The Senior Boys are highlighted by Karsten Windlan, a member of Carmel’s 4A state championship starting five. He will be joined by Luke Richardson (Lapel), J.R. Fulmore (Scecina Memorial), Ridley Zolman (Central Noble), Dominique Smith (Lake Station), Alex Moore (Speedway), Ahmoni Jones (Pike), Zach Banks (Westfield), Braeden Beard (Tell City), Wesley Jordan (Lawrence Central), Kycia Washington (Indianapolis Howe), Andrew Williams (Heritage Christian), Payton Hall (Benton Central), Frankie Davidson (FW Blackhawk Christian), Damarius Pegues (Muncie Central), Tucker Hayes (Linton-Stockton), Lanson Jones (Anderson Preparatory Academy), Will McKinney (Daleville), Adedotun Adegbemigun (Charles A. Tindley).
The showcase’s Future games return for a third year with several talented underclassmen subject to appear. The inclusion of two games focused on freshmen and sophomore boys and girls has made a positive impact on the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic’s unique brand.
The Future Girls includes Alaysha Brandenberger (Boonville), Alex Richard (Avon), Alexa McKinley (Columbus North), Ali Saunders (North Harrison), Alyssa Crockett (Westfield), Bryn Shoup-Hill (Goshen), Courtney Blakely (Hammond Noll), Elizabeth Reese (Yorktown), Jayla Smith (Lawrence North), Jessica Carrothers (Crown Point), Katelyn Costner (Elkhart Central), Kathryn Perry (Shenandoah), Katie Burton (Fishers), Lillian Frasure (North Judson), Mary Wilson (Center Grove), Meg Newman (North Central), Moira McGinley (Bishop Chatard), Olivia Smith (FW South), Sydney Jaynes (Trinity Lutheran), Tenleigh Phelps (Triton Central), Trannae Mann (Indianapolis Washington), Tyra Ford (Anderson), Vanessa Shafford (Linton-Stockton), and Diana Burgher (North Harrison).
The Future Boys includes Gus Etchison (Hamilton Heights), Kolden Vanlandingham (Northeastern), Brooks Barnhizer (Lafayette Jefferson), J.R. Konleczny (South Bend St. Joseph), Curt Hopf (Forest Park), Stephen Atkinson (Owen Valley), Zane Burke (FW Blackhawk Christian), Brody Whitaker (Greencastle), Connor Essegian (Central Noble), Jackson Ullom (Monroe Central), Braden Smith (Westfield), Reggie Bass (Muncie Central), Tayshawn Comer (Cathedral), Carter Lumpkin (Northeastern), Isaiah Swope (Castle), Jayden Taylor (Perry Meridian), Lincoln Hale (Linton-Stockton), Cole Wireman (Kouts), Jake Scott (Anderson Preparatory Academy), Donavan Barnett, Jr. (Crispus Attucks), Christian DaCosta (Charles A. Tindley), and Andrew Kroft (Richmond).
The Junior Boys games will showcase Austin Darnell (Washington Township), Nate Dukich (Lake Station), Brayden Pearson (FW Concordia Lutheran), Victor Young (Muncie Central), Dylan Stafford (Muncie Central), Ben Lins (Covenant Christian (Demotte)), Brandon Stroble (Blackford), Simon Scherry (Heritage Hills), Peyton Starks (Shenandoah), Kevin Figg (Sullivan), Avery Beaver (Lafayette Jefferson), Braxton Barnhizer (Lafayette Jefferson), Triyontae Lomax (Gary 21st Century), Jake Wadding (Chesterton), D’Andre Davis (Lawrence Central), Nigel Pack (Lawrence Central), Demarcus Vaughn (SB Washington), Jylen Petty (SB Washington), Johnell Davis (Gary 21st Century), Tayson Parker (Northwestern), Tony Perkins (Lawrence North), Kenny Tracy (Decatur Central), Noah Hupmann (Evansville Mater Dei), Josh Smith (Monrovia), Murray Becher (Heritage Hills), Da’Vion Davis (Calumet), Brevin Jefferson (Southport), Zak Krueger (Homestead), Edreece Redmond II (Bishop Chatard), Evan Turner (Arsenal Tech), Hunter Jackson (Arsenal Tech), J.T. Langston, Jr. (FW South Side), Andrew Froedge (Blue River Valley), Trenton Daugherty (Wabash), Jackson Hughes (Renssalaer Central), Gavin Herrema (Covenant Christian (DeMotte)), and Sincere McMahon (Crispus Attucks).
The Junior Girls will include Natalie Boesing (Providence), Kenna Hisle (Evansville North), Alexandra Green (Southport), Tessa Lomax (Columbus North), Annie Anderson (Columbus North), Audrey Strawsma (Benton Central), Hannah Bolton (Monroe Central), Kendall Bostic (Northwestern), Sydney Parrish (Hamilton Southeastern), Sydney Graber (Homestead), Sydney Watkins (Heritage Christian), Kristian Young (Lawrence North), Rachel Looble (Franklin Central), Tia Tolbert (Vincennes Rivet), Jailah Nailor (Lawrence Central), Kyra Duncan (Southport), Sahara Bee (Morgan Township), Justis Gordon (Cathedral), Mallory Hawkins (South Vermillon), Jaci Jones (FW Southside), Lucille Robertson (North Harrison), Haley Nichols (Avon), Maya Chandler (Triton Central), Madison Webb (Bedford North Lawrence), Lydia Reimbold (FW Bishops Luers), Leah Miller (Salem), Dash Shaw (Gary West Side), Allyah Evans (Greensburg), Allison Bosse (Brownsburg), Hannah Farrell (Greenfield-Central), Aubree Dwiggins (Pendleton Heights), Megan Mills (Pendleton Heights), Meghan Busick (Bellmont), Klair Merrell (Northwestern), Cherrelle Newsom (Ben Davis), Baleigh Runner (Hamilton Heights), Katie Davidson (Lawrence North), Jaylah Mays (Scottsburg), Trionna Brown (Kokomo/FW Northrup), Meghan Sandifer (Cardinal Ritter), Jazmen Watts (South Bend Riley), Tamia Perryman (Fishers), Kaylee Patton (Warsaw), Eryn Turner (Indianapolis Shortridge).