Boys Basketball

Lake Central's Wideman makes Indiana All-Star team

2014-04-10T18:00:00Z 2014-04-11T11:46:10Z Lake Central's Wideman makes Indiana All-Star teamSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

Tyler Wideman got a phone call, but didn't answer it. Typically, he was in the gym working on his game.

The Lake Central senior saw that Indiana All-Star game coordinator Charlie Hall had left a message, Wideman returned the call and a life-long dream had come true.

The 6-foot-7 Butler-bound big man was named to the Indiana All-Star team on Thursday.

"I'm extremely excited, honored," Wideman said. "It's a dream come true. When I think of all the greats who've played on this team before and now I get to wear the same uniform. I'm very excited."

The Times Player of the Year is the only player from Northwest Indiana to make the team. The other 12 All-Stars include Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Tech, James Blackmon Jr., Marion, Grant Evans, Wapahani, Tayler Persons, Kokomo, D.J. McCall, Fort Wayne Concordia, P.J. Thompson, Brebeuf Jesuit, Bryant McIntosh, Greensburg, Jeremie Tyler, Indianapolis Tech, Zach McRoberts, Carmel, Mack Mercer, Plymouth, Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor and Sean Sellers, Greensburg.

Crown Point coach Clint Swan is an assistant on this team, which will play the Junior All-Stars on June 9 at Logansport and June 11 at Columbus North. They will face the Kentucky All-Stars on June 13 at Transylvania University in Lexington and June 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

"It's a good group with a lot of balance at all the positions," Swan said. "I've always admired the way (Wideman) has played. He's always handled himself well, first class."

Swan said he knew that there were several local players who felt they had a shot of making the team, like L.C.'s Tye Wilburn and Bowman Academy's Justin King. But this All-Star team is loaded with top-shelf D-I players. All 13 are already locked into D-I programs.

"The region guys played great at the Top 60 workout," Swan said. "There were a lot of guys in the conversation. This is an inexact science. There are always guys on the edge, who some think should've made it.

"I can't even tell you who the bubble guys were. But there were some very good players who did not make it."

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