The Times 2013-14 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

The Times 2013-14 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

2014-04-05T17:30:00Z 2014-04-15T18:32:13Z The Times 2013-14 Boys Basketball All-Area TeamTimes Staff
April 05, 2014 5:30 pm  • 


Larry Crisler, Bishop Noll

6-4, Sr., G

Stats: 16.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.8 spg

Scouting report: The Indiana-bound baseball player had another typical hoops season, very good. Would've made Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout if not for his spring schedule. Could do it all. Play point, power forward or center. He will be missed.

Davon Dillard, Bowman Academy

6-5, Jr., G/F

Stats: 17.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.3 spg

Scouting report: For the second time in two years Dillard led the Eagles to the state championship, scoring a team-high 21 in the Class 3A loss in Indy. Was named to the Core Six Indiana Junior All-Star game. The highly recruited wing has one more season to show all of his game. As good as he is he has more.

Hyron Edwards, E.C. Central

6-0, Jr., G

Stats: 20.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg

Scouting report: Like his buddy Dillard, Edwards was also selected to the Indiana Junior All-Star Core Six team, which is quite an honor. Will spend the summer playing AAU in front of many Blue Chip college coaches. His highlight real stuff is off the charts. Could use a little work on the basic fundamentals.

Ryan Fazekas, Marquette Catholic

6-8, Jr., G-F

Stats: 14.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg

Scouting report: The 34-point, 10-rebound, seven-3-pointer performance in the Class A state championship victory was absolutely memorable. Over the course of the season, the Providence commit was a steady inside-outside force for the Blazers, doing a little bit of everything.

Josh Fleming, LaPorte

6-0, Sr., G

Stats: 20.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 3.3 spg

Scouting report: The smooth operator carried the Slicers to a 4A sectional championship with his calm hand, clutch shooting and uncanny ability to get to the free throw line, qualities that LaPorte has long grown accustomed to. A strong rebounder for his size and one of the area's top ball thieves, the four-year starter leaves with his name all over the school career record book.

Drew Hackett, Munster

6-1, Jr., G

Stats: 18.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.5 spg

Scouting report: The UIC-bound mega point guard has one more year of prep hoops and will spend his summer playing for the Indiana Junior All-Stars. Helped his rebuilding Mustangs to 20 wins and a date in the sectional championship game. The kid's game IQ is like Einstein in black high tops.

Justin King, Bowman Academy

6-7, Sr., C

Stats: 14.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.6 apg

Scouting report: Playing in three straight state championship games isn't bad. The all-state player on everybody's list will be waiting by the phone in the coming days. Waiting for the assured D-I offer and a possible Indiana All-Star call. Could take it into the paint against almost anyone. A great leader.

Richie Mitchell, Marquette Catholic

6-0, Sr., G

Stats: 11.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 85 FT percentage

Scouting report: Mitchell was the point of the spear for the Blazers, directing the up-tempo offense and keying the pressure defense. His ability to get to the rim was key in setting up Marquette's perimeter shooters for open looks.

Chris Palombizio, Chesterton

6-5, Jr., G-F

Stats: 19.4 ppg, 46 3s, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg

Scouting report: A broken bone in his foot cost Palombizio the last three games and the Trojans any chance at a sectional title. One of the region's purest scorers, he improved his off-the-dribble game and found his teammates when defenses brought extra attention his way, as they often did. He is a Western Michigan commit.

Keenan Simmons, Michigan City

6-7, Sr., F

Stats: 21.1 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 3.4 bpg

Scouting report: There were long stretches, particularly during the first half of the season, when nobody in the area played better than Simmons. He extended his offensive game beyond the 3-point line as teams surrounded him in the paint and remained a shot-altering presence at the defensive end. Simmons will prove to be a steal for SIU-Edwardsville.

Zach VanHook, Lowell

6-5, Sr., G

Stats: 18.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg

Scouting report: The standout scorer led his team to 16 wins and finished fourth on the Red Devils all-time scoring list with 1,299. Will certainly play D-I ball before all is said and done. His size and length make him very valuable on many spots on the floor. Hang his jersey in the gym.

Tyler Wideman, Lake Central

6-7, Sr., C

Stats: 15.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg

Scouting report: With blood pouring down his head in the first half of the Class 4A state championship game, the Butler-bound stallion played huge in the second half, scoring 19 points with 12 rebounds in L.C.'s 63-59 loss to Indianapolis Tech. Will be an Indiana All-Star. That's a lock.

Tye Wilburn, Lake Central

5-11, Sr., G

Stats: 12.3 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4 rpg

Scouting report: They say you want to go out on top and that's what the lightning-quick point guard did, scoring 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half against Tech to give his Indians a shot. Was fantastic on the state's biggest stage. More of that is on the way.


Tyreon Gates, Bishop Noll

6-3, Sr., G | 13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2 apg

Analysis: Crisler's right-hand man overcame a tough injury in the offseason to help lead the Warriors to a sectional championship. Did most things well, but his shooting really improved as the winter rolled on. Will have a chance to play college ball. He's that good.

Arthur Haggard III, Bowman Academy

6-3, Sr., G | 12 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2 spg

Analysis: His Bowman Academy Eagles were not a great perimeter shooting team, which was seen in the Class 3A state final, but Haggard was the best from beyond the arc. With one D-I offer on the table, was also a keen defender in a devilish press.

Dwayne Haden, Lake Station

5-6, Sr., G | 13.6 ppg, 7.1 apg

Analysis: Was the engine that gave the Eagles 15 wins. While small in stature, his game was above the rim. Great court vision and a similar game IQ helped him lead the offense like a conductor. Someone will pay for his college for his basketball skills.

Damien Jefferson, E.C. Central

6-4, So., G | 15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg

Analysis: Like teammate Edwards, this kid is on the YouTube All-Star team, with countless moves, slams and jams that make the jaw drop. But must still work on the finer points of the game to reach the top. Like E'Twaun Moore, fundamentals are just as big as a dunk.

Nick Jeffirs, Crown Point

6-6, Jr., F/C | 14.5 ppg, 8 rpg

Analysis: The big kid with a lot of upside helped the young 'Dogs to 12 wins, which was a big lift from the year before. Was nearly unstoppable in the paint and could grab a rebound with the best of them. Next year could be his year. Book it.

Pat McCarthy, Munster

6-5, Sr., F | 10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 48 percent from 3-point line

Analysis: For the 20-win Mustangs, the big kid with limited varsity minutes before showed what he could do. Bang on the inside. Move out beyond the arc and he could make you pay. With 10s and 20s. Just a typical Mustang, full of a high game IQ and skill.

Matt Meneghetti, Lake Central

5-11, Sr., G | 7.7 ppg, 57 3-pointers

Analysis: L.C. does not get to Indianapolis without this long-range bomber. How many players come off the bench and have a box-and-1 thrown at them? Not only did he make some huge 3s in the postseason run, but he also opened up the floor for other Indians.

Tremell Murphy, Griffith

6-5, So., F | 12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.9 apg

Analysis: Helped lead the Panthers to 16 wins and a second-place finish, at 5-1, in the NCC. Scored 21 points with 16 rebounds against East Chicago. This is only the start. With twin brother Anthony back for two more years, these guys should make some serious noise.

Nick Podkul, Andrean

6-2, Jr., G | 11 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3 apg, 3 spg

Analysis: In a year where even the "5" in 59er was new, the former JV player stepped up big for the sectional champion squad, which gave state finalist everything it could handle in the regional semifinal. Next winter should be even better.

Tyler Ross, Lake Central

6-5, Sr., F | 8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Analysis: Another piece to the Indians' puzzle, the big kid with a nice perimeter touch filled many roles. Played good post defense, could knock down the perimeter 'J' and also team with Wideman on the boards. Will surely find a place to play college ball.

Cole Teal, Chesterton

6-3, Sr., G | 14.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg

Analysis: The numbers only told part of the story for Teal, who missed nearly half the season with a broken clavicle. A program fixture since he was a freshman, the Williams College recruit had no problems with putting the Trojans on his back when necessary.

Gage Ott, LaPorte

6-6, Sr., C | 16.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Analysis: Ott returned to the floor with a vengeance after having to sit out the first eight games. The inside complement to Fleming was a big reason why the Slicers were able to beat rival Michigan City three times and win a sectional. He will play at Bethel College.

Jake Bekelya, Kouts

5-10, Sr., G | 21.5 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.4 spg

Analysis: The Porter County Conference scoring champion could fill it up in bunches. The backcourt blur went out with a bang, exceeding 30 points in four of his final six games as a Mustang.


Duneland Athletic Conference

Chesterton: Jake Wasielewski. Crown Point: Bret Barclay, Grant Gelon. Lake Central: Joe Bannister. LaPorte: Jacob Jones. Merrillville: D.J. Wilkins. Portage: Luke Kizer, Jordan Collazo. Valparaiso: Justin Osburn, Conner TenHove.

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark: Kalil Frith. Gavit: Kyle Landers, Casey Jackson. Hammond: Aaron Haggard, Kortrell Caston, Deante Rias. Morton: Rayan Elabed, Devon Mingo, Tayon Carter.

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll: Marquis Tarver, Roman Penn. Calumet: Anthony Harris, Javonta Whitehead. Lake Station: Brian Patterson, Kyle Gooch, Benjamin Neals. Marquette Catholic: Nate Flores, Braxton Miller. North Newton: Brandon Propes. River Forest: Brandon Laas, Malachi Sala. Wheeler: James Miller. Whiting: Matt Dvorscak.

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean: Ben Davidson, Parker Huttel, Matthew Anjorin. Griffith: Anthony Murphy, Flint Powell. Highland: Ben Wood, Tommy Brankin. Hobart: Juan Lamar, Josh Uhles. Kankakee Valley: Matt Myers. Lowell: Billy Barker, Aaron Hamm, Eric Zukauskas. Munster: Adam Ostoich, Luke Wuchenich.

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace: Richard Wash, Keontae Bridges. Roosevelt: Tevin Farris, Larry Hopskins, Alexander Buggs. West Side: Christian Jacobs, JaRe Glover, Marlon Northern.

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove: Jon Hogg, Isaac Mioduski. Hanover Central: Payton Smith. Hebron: Bryce Hanaway, Tony Rose. Kouts: Cody Nelson, Matt Stewart. LaCrosse: Bryce Guse. Morgan Township: Jake Koselke, Chase Braden. South Central: Mark Richards. Washington Township: Brandon Adkins, Alex Lowther. Westville: Shawn Gerron, Chris Wilkins.


Bowman Academy: Austin Daniels, Anthony Cole, Raynard Perry. Covenant Christian: Jason Kikkert. E.C. Central: Jalen Blackmon, Jeremy Ochoa. Gary 21st Century: David Jernigan, Dantrell Hurt, Eugene German. Gary Lighthouse: JaQuan Robinson, Jason Riley, Justin Baker. Rensselaer: Joey Claussen.

-- compiled by Times writers Steve Hanlon and Jim Peters

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