INDIANAPOLIS – Thirteen players have been selected for the 2018 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars.
Those chosen to the team will play three games in June — one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.
The 2018 Indiana Boys All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Damezi Anderson of South Bend Riley, Gavin Bizeau of Plainfield, Jarron Coleman of Cathedral, Chance Coyle of Bloomington South, Kevin Easley of Lawrence North, Sean East of New Albany, Aaron Henry of Ben Davis, Eric Hunter of Tindley, Mekhi Lairy of Evansville Bosse, Romeo Langford of New Albany, Robert Phinisee of McCutcheon, Dean Tate of Warren Central and De’Avion Washington of Terre Haute South.
The head coach for the 2018 Boys All-Stars will be Jim Shannon of New Albany. He will be assisted by Mike Hall of South Newton and Scott Radeker of Lafayette Jeff.
The 2018 IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball will be announced from a group of six finalists — Anderson, Henry, Hunter, Lairy, Langford and Phinisee — at The Star’s Indiana Sports Awards Dinner on April 29 at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis.
The Junior-Senior exhibition game is set for June 6 at a site to be announced. The first game against Kentucky will be June 8 at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall in Louisville. The final game against Kentucky will be June 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
All three dates will be doubleheaders with the IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars.
Also, the Indiana Junior All-Stars will play the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on June 2 in Kentucky and June 3 in Indiana (note, the dates for the Junior games against Kentucky have been changed from an earlier announcement), sites to be announced. Those events also will be girls-boys doubleheaders.
The Indiana All-Stars program was founded in 1939 when the Indiana Boys All-Stars played the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs. The series with Kentucky began in 1940, and the girls’ portion of the All-Stars was added in 1976.
The Indiana portion of the All-Star Games is organized and produced by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star, with its IndyStar brand, is a title sponsor and Best Choice Fieldhouse is a presenting sponsor.
Mr. Basketball is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. The remainder of the team is finalized by All-Star game director Charlie Hall after observing games and events throughout the season, conferring with coaches, school officials and media across the state, and reviewing votes submitted by coaches and media who each can recommend up to 12 players.
A complete list of those chosen as 2018 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars follows.
2018 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars
Name, School, Height, Pos., PPG, College Choice
Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley, 6-7, G/F, 19.2, Indiana
Gavin Bizeau, Plainfield, Plainfield, 6-11, F, 21.6, Duquesne
Jarron Coleman, Cathedral, 6-6, G/F, 17.2, Ball State
Chance Coyle, Bloomington South, 6-4, G, 19.9, Southern Indiana
Kevin Easley, Lawrence North, 6-7, F, 16.9, UT-Chattanooga
Sean East, New Albany, 6-0, G, 18.2, undecided
Aaron Henry, Ben Davis, 6-5, F, 16.5, Michigan State
Eric Hunter, Tindley, 6-3, G, 25.5, Purdue
Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse, 5-9, G, 26.5, Miami (Ohio)
Romeo Langford, New Albany, 6-5, G, 34.2, undecided
Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon, 6-1, G, 29.4, Indiana
Dean Tate, Warren Central, 5-8, G, 11.9, undecided
De’Avion Washington, Terre Haute South, 6-4, G, 22.1, Indiana State
Head coach: Jim Shannon, New Albany
Assistant coaches: Mike Hall, South Newton; Scott Radeker, Lafayette Jeff
2018 IndyStar Indiana All-Star key dates
June 2 — Junior All-Stars vs. Kentucky Junior All-Stars at TBA (Kentucky) — girls, 2:00 p.m.; boys, to follow
June 3 — Junior All-Stars vs. Kentucky Junior All-Stars at TBA (Indiana) — girls, 2:00 p.m.; boys, to follow
June 5 — All-Stars report to Marian University
June 6 — Junior-Senior All-Star game at TBA — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow
June 8 — Indiana at Kentucky at Knights Hall, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky. — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow
June 9 — Indiana vs. Kentucky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis — girls, 5:00 p.m.; boys, to follow