72 Players Selected to 2016 IBCA First-Team Academic All-State

36 boys, 36 girls receive top honor; 314 additional players cited as Honorable Mention

munster-luke-hackett-2016Seventy-two Indiana high school seniors -- 36 boys and 36 girls -- have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday (March 15).

In addition, 172 more boys and 142 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2016, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.

The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game and shooting percentage.

"The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," Witty said. "Rather, in many cases, a player's success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor."

IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one's class, an SAT score of 1,000 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT score of 23.

Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.

Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches at the IBCA Spring Clinic on April 22-23 in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.

The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys since 1973. The program was expanded to include a girls' Academic All-State team in 1980.

2016 IBCA Academic All-State Boys First Team
Name School Coach
Sam Ainsworth Bellmont John Baker
Dylan Barrow Leo Cary Cogdell
Tucker Blackwell Bloomington South J.R. Holmes
Joey Brunk Southport Kyle Simpson
Nai Carlisle West Lafayette David Wood
Eli Combs Bloomfield Matt Britton
Brandon Cory Lowell Joe Delgado
Will Davidson Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian Marc Davidson
Mason Degenkolb Tipton Lou Lefevre
Frank Dijak Lake Central Dave Milausnic
Jackson Edwards Knightstown Bob Allen
Preston Flamion Carmel Scott Heady
Andrew Foster Greensburg Stacy Meyer
Colten Garland Washington Gene Miiller
Andrew Garrett New Castle Daniel Cox
Samuel Guymon Bishop Chatard Brian Shaughnessy
Luke Hackett Munster Mike Hackett
Drew Jacob Northeast Dubois Terry Friedman
John Kiser Noblesville Brian McCauley
Ian Kissell Norwell Randy Hawkins
Kyler Klein Boonville Steve Alstadt
Matt Moorman Oldenburg Academy Gary Moorman
Christian Munson Guerin Catholic Pete Smith
Konner Platt Huntington North Craig Teagle
Logan Ratts Martinsville Kip Staggs
Nicholas Reed Christian Academy of Indiana Steve Kerberg
Chris Roberts Sheridan Chris Schrank
Bryce Rowe Southwestern (Shelby) Brady Days
Connor Sturgeon Floyd Central Todd Sturgeon
Trey Schafer Evansville Harrison Bryan Speer
Dru Smith Evansville Reitz Michael Adams
Jaxton Smith Orleans Tom Bradley
Trevor Yoder Barr-Reeve Bryan Hughes
Evan Wallpe North Decatur Kyle Nobbe
Ben Walters Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian Marc Davidson
Charlie Warner Westfield Shane Sumpter
2016 IBCA Academic All-State Boys First Team
Name School Coach
Hannah Albrecht Crown Point Chris Seibert
Melissa Beer Fremont Neal Frantz
Becca Buchs Angola Brandon Appleton
Camryn Buhr Penn Kristi Ulrich
Carlie Burson North Harrison Missy Voyles
Mara Canada Mt. Vernon (Posey) Doug Blair
Lindsey Corsaro Roncalli Stan Benge
Candace Danz Indian Creek Dan Burkman
Riley Feller Mississinewa Kaley Barnes
Jene’e Goodwin Vincennes Lincoln Travis Connor
Holly Hoopingarner Greenwood Lee Taft
Rachel Hopf Forest Park Marty Niehaus
Abby Howes Terre Haute North Mike Allen
Haley Huddleston Henryville Josh Conrad
Kelsey Ivers Vincennes Rivet Tim Young
Jenna Johnson Washington Gretchen Miles
Cienna Jordan Cathedral Ed Freije
Katie Kline East Noble DeAnn Booth
Emily Kmec Carmel Tod Windlan
Brenna Koontz Blue River Valley Josh Hallatt
Paige Littrell Columbus North Pat McKee
Abby Martin West Lafayette Jane Schott
Kierstin Murphy Carroll (Fort Wayne) Mark Redding
Alexis Nall Mt. Vernon (Posey) Doug Blair
Cameron Onken Lafayette Central Catholic Craig DeVault
Riley Popplewell South Central (Union Mills) Rick Budka
Rachel Ramey Western Boone Rich Schelsky
Kylee Rostochak Wawasee Kem Zolman
Elizabeth Saunders Brebeuf Jesuit Matt Mayer
Jayla Scaife Muncie Central Lisa Blalock
Paige Schueren Crawfordsville Tony Thomas
Kaitlyn Steers Portage Marc Bruner
Brooke Todd Switzerland County Ashley Kitts
Abigail Wagner Jac-Cen-Del Scott Smith
Allison White Greencastle Bradley Key
Maggie Wodicka West Lafayette Jane Schott