ANDERSON – This weekend the tenth-annual Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic celebrates a momentous milestone as more than 140 players from across the state put their talents on display over two days inside Anderson University’s Kardatzke Wellness Center.
Among those rosters in motion during the two-day event are players from Tippecanoe Valley, NorthWood and a trio of other Northern Lakes Conference schools.
The brainchild of Kent Benson, 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 15, is specifically designed to provide players with collegiate exposure, a mission that continues to evolve since the event’s inaugural launch in 2008.
The games tip-off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at Anderson University with the Senior Girls game, followed by the Senior Boys contest at 2 p.m. The Future Girls game starts at 6:30 p.m. and the evening concludes with the Future Boys going head-to-head at 8 p.m.
The event’s second day starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, with a Junior Girls doubleheader. The second Junior Girls game will tip-off at 2 p.m. The Junior Boys take the court for their doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. The second Junior Boys contest will begin at 8 p.m.
Admission for the showcase is $10 per person and $25 for groups of five 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.
On the Senior Girls white team include Valley’s Addy Miller. Teammate Sophie Bussard is among the Junior Girls All-Stars and NorthWood’s Kenzie Bergman is also on the Junior Girls All-Stars.
Northern Lakes Conference representatives on the docket include Bryant Robinson of Goshen and Clay Hilliard of Plymouth on the Junior Boys All-Stars and Morgan Litwiller of Northridge on the Junior Girls All-Stars.
Culver Academy has two boys playing from its state championship roster, Deontae Craig on the Futures team and Ethan Brittain Watts on the Junior Boys All-Stars.
Elkhart Central has two girls playing in Senior Girls All-Star Kristen Hunt and Junior Girls All-Star Trinitee Harris.
Other area players include Senior Boys All-Stars Weston Sage of Elkhart Christian Academy and Cory McKinney of South Bend Washington and Futures Girls Keegan Sullivan of South Bend St. Joe and Jordyn Smith of Penn.
The showcase’s Future games return for a second 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.
“Not every kid is going to get a scholarship or will continue to play at the college level, but we aim to put them in that position, and through our two networks that are streaming the games live over the internet, we allow college coaches a chance to see them,” Benson said. “This is very beneficial for kids who have maybe been under the radar their entire career. Through this, we’ve been able to help kids get scholarships through our all-star games.”