Ronnye Beamon, Jr., Bishop Noll
6-4, Sr., G/F
Stats: 14.4 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 2.1 spg., 1.6 apg.
Scouting Report: Like a '67 Mustang, Beamon just keeps getting and looking better. Shot the ball better this winter than anytime in his career. The star of the 2010 state finalist Warriors played better this time even though outcome was different. College life is coming. But where?
Nick Bollenbacher, Hanover Central
6-1, Sr., G
Stats: 24.9 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.7 spg., 6.1 rpg.
Scouting Report: The Wildcats career leader in points, assists and steals finished an incredible year where he was seventh in the state in scoring, first in steals and 14th in assists. It was the third year in a row he led Indiana in thefts. Has D-I looks in hoops and baseball. Time will tell.
Nate Bubash, Munster
6-6, Jr., C
Stats: 15.4 ppg., 7.1 rpg.
Scouting Report: Near year. New team. Nothing changes. Everything goes through the middle. Bubash went from a bench player last year to the team's MVP. Again, the 'Stangs rolled through the NCC without much of a sweat. This kid's game will continue to improve, as will his program. New year...
Nick Davidson, Andrean
6-4, Jr., G
Stats: 17.7 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 3.6 apg.
Scouting Report: The Valparaiso University recruit led his 59ers to his third sectional championship and first regional title game. He earned a spot on the Indiana Junior All-Star team. The tireless worker had a top-shelf game of fundamentals. The scary thing is he's gotten better every year. One more to go.
Josh James, Andrean
6-9, Sr., C
Stats: 13.9 ppg., 8.1 rpg.
Scouting Report: The big man in the middle gave the 59ers every piece of the puzzle. Was very solid around the bucket, but could also knock down from the perimeter. Just ask Noll. Will play college hoops but the standout student isn't locked in on D-I only. A place called Bethel maybe?
B.J. Jenkins, Merrillville
5-10, Jr., G
Stats: 14.3 ppg., 2 rpg., 2.5 apg., 3 spg.
Scouting Report: Everyone who thought the Pirates would win a sectional in December raise your hand. One or two? Jenkins was a big reason why. Had the biggest offensive punch on the faceless team. Next year won't be the same. Expect Jenkins' game to continue to soar.
DeJuan Marrero, Bowman Academy
6-5, Sr., F
Stats: 20 ppg., 14 rpg., 2 apg.
Scouting Report: The DePaul-bound star earned his nickname by coach Marvin Rea, "Mr. Double-Double." He doubled up in scoring and rebounding all four years. Led his Eagles to the 2A state championship game. Two trips to Indy in four years is something to hang your hat on.
Elijah Ray, Bowman Academy
6-6, Sr., F
Stats: 15.2 ppg., 8 rpg.
Scouting Report: The IUPUI-bound shooting big man led the Eagles in scoring in both the semistate and state championship. No surprise. Surrounded by like talent for much of his career, Ray didn't force the issue. He let the game come to him. And in Bowman's two biggest games it did.
Glenn Robinson III, Lake Central
6-5, Sr., G
Stats: 21.7 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 4.1 apg.
Scouting Report: The Times Player of the Year did a lot of magic before heading to Michigan. Earned L.C.'s first DAC title, and bigger still, led the Blue Crew to its first sectional title in 15 years. The scary thing is his legacy is lock-sure and his best basketball is still down the road.
Michael Schlotman, Munster
6-3, Jr., G
Stats: 10.5 ppg., 5 rpg., 4.2 apg., 1.8 spg.
Scouting Report: The offensive numbers don't jump out and grab you but the state knows how good this kid is. Was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team because his athleticism and game IQ is solid. No one in the NCC has ever beaten him. Look for bigger things next year.
Damon Wallace, Hebron
5-9, Sr., G
Stats: 18.4 ppg, 5 spg, 3.1 apg
Scouting Report: The slick southpaw was the igniter on both ends of the court for the sectional champion Hawks. He could break ankles crossing over on the dribble drive or pull up to bottom a 25-footer. Wallace didn't blink under the pressure of a big shot and set the dial for Hebron's aggressive defense. He owns the school record in steals.
Tyler Wideman, Lake Central
6-6, So., C
Stats: 13.1 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.8 apg., 2.1 bpg.
Scouting Report: L.C.'s rise to the top coincided with the improvement of the Indians' "Big Cat." Can't be stopped near the rack but still has a soft touch. Purdue has already offered and expect this line to get much longer. His numbers should expand now that Robinson is graduating.
Demetrius Adams, Lake Station
6-3, Sr., F | 13 ppg., 10 rpg.
Analysis: The big kid in the middle kept the Eagles flying high. For the second year Edison won 16 games, finishing one win shy of setting the school record. This ultra-athlete played above the rim but within the confines of Bryon Clouse's offense. Will play college ball. But where?
Tom Bardeson, Crown Point
6-5, Jr., G | 17 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 3.9 apg.
Analysis: Not a bad year at all for a young man playing out of position. But still, he and his unshaven mates finished above water and looked dangerous at sectionals. Give this kid, and this group, another year and it could be lights out. If C.P. find a point guard Bardeson explodes.
Anfernee Brown, E.C. Central
6-1, Jr., G | 14.5, 5.6 rpg., 3 apg.
Analysis: Quick. Smart. Heady. The growing guard has it all. Can fill up the basket with ease when that "hot" feeling surrounds him. Played very well in a tough loss at Bowman. Plays like a coach's son because that is what he is. Should continue to grow like his team. Next year.
Charles Cooper, Lew Wallace
6-3, Jr., F | 18 ppg., 10 rpg.
Analysis: Anyone remember how the Hornets were supposed to be going to hell in a handbasket after all the departures? This big kid and his teammates did not allow such a thing, winning another sectional under coach Melvin Yancey. And they ain't going anywhere next year, either.
Dean Danos, Bishop Noll
5-11, Sr., G | 12.9 ppg., 3 apg., 2.8 rpg.
Analysis: Ten years from now people will be asking "What if" the flashy point guard had been able to play against Bowman in the sectional final. Especially after he lit up Andrean to the point firetrucks were driving down Broadway. A broken foot ended his season. Not career.
Max Everaert, Kouts
6-2, So., F | 15.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Analysis: Fearless. Everaert never hesitated in taking the big shot for the sectional-champion Mustangs, blossoming into their leading scorer over the course of the season after starting the season as a sub. He's also a strong rebounder with quick hands and a knack for being around the ball.
Michael Ford, Bowman Academy
6-4, Sr., G | 7.6 ppg., 3 rpg., 1 apg.
Analysis: The unfinished athletic superhero was unbelievable for Bowman, even with a few warts in his game, like free throw shooting. Could defend anyone not named Yogi, take the ball to the rock against anyone and rebound very well for a guard. The future's so bright, shades.
Levon Hamilton, Hammond
6-0, Jr., G | 20 ppg., 3 apg., 2 spg.
Analysis: The Lew Wallace transfer helped spark the 'Cats program with first-year coach Johnny Ryan. More valleys than peaks in Year 1, but Hammond still got to a sectional final. A scoring machine, Hamilton needs to be more machine-like on the other end of the floor.
Michael Jenkins, Roosevelt
5-8, Sr., G | 24 ppg., 5 apg., 3 rpg.
Analysis: With talk of programs closing and uncertainty around the once glorious program, Jenkins played great basketball. Is on the top branch of area players who can't be guarded one-on-one. And when the spirit moved, the net barely did. Could shoot like most just breath. Effortless.
John Mosser, Valparaiso
6-6, Jr., F-C | 10.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Analysis: Mosser developed into the go-to guy on a Vikings team that was sometimes offensively-challenged. He has a solid mid-range game with the ability to work inside and step out to the arc.
Zoran Talley, Merrillville
6-1, Jr., G | 13.9 ppg., 3 rpg., 1.5 apg., 2 spg.
Analysis: First-year coach T.J. Lux said it simply. "Zoran was the key to our team. When we were playing well, so was he." Another J.V. kid who moved up, took a few lumps early and then blew up once March rolled around. Shoot, drive and defend. Did it well this time. Will get better.
Collin Wojcik, Andrean
6-4, Jr., G | 12.5 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 1.7 apg.
Analysis: This kid does not play in anyone's shadow anymore. Was good to begin with, but took it all to another level in helping his 59ers take a March jog. Not just a shooter anymore. Really improved on the glass and can even take it in the paint now. Really, one more year?
Duneland Athletic Conference
Chesterton: Cole Teal, Matt Holba. Crown Point: Bret Barclay, Braxton Rice. Lake Central: Taylor Lehnert, Mike Miklusak, Tye Wilburn. LaPorte: Austin Alcorn, Josh Fleming. Merrillville: Jelani Pruitt, Edward Seay. Michigan City: Jabbar Washington. Portage: Dave Jercha. Valparaiso: Drew Boetel.
Great Lakes Athletic Conference
Clark: LaRoi Harmon, Jean-Michel Bernateau. Gavit: Shalon Bell. Hammond: Mike Kirkendall, Mark Fields. Morton: Kirkland Clark, Vasha Davis.
Greater South Shore Conference
Bishop Noll: Jon Bock, Larry Crisler, Jose Rosario, John Dodson. Calumet: Joe Hymes. Lake Station: Dwayne Hayden, Ricky Garcia, Hasonie Walters. Marquette: Jasmin Biberovic, Ryan Fazekas. North Newton: Austin Williams. River Forest: J.J. Pennington. Wheeler: Christian Sikoski. Whiting: Gio Cruz, Matt Filipek.
Northwest Crossroads Conference
Andrean: D.J. Gonzalez, Skyler Moss. Griffith: Austin Brown. Highland: Nick Hardrict, Jordan Minch. Hobart: Matthew Brown, Patrick Wynn, Jose Robles. Kankakee Valley: Brent Walther. Lowell: Kyle Richwalski, Zack Van Hook. Munster: Scott Jerge, Mark Strbjak, Danilo Zekovic.
Lew Wallace: Michael Williams, Leon May. Roosevelt: Rondell Gardner. West Side: Rashaad Armstrong, Regan Atkins-Frazier, Arnold Wilson.
Porter County Conference
Boone Grove: Dean Hill, Jake Clapp. Hanover Central: Max Johnson. Hebron: Cody Artuso. Kouts: Stephen Keller. LaCrosse: Riley Charlesworth. Morgan Twp.: Ryan Klikus, Brandon Murphy. South Central: Marcus Kammrath. Washington Twp.: Garrett Short.
Bowman: Steve Hawkins, Justin King, Carlos McCormick. Covenant Christian: Josh Lins. E.C. Central: Everett Coleman, Hyrone Edwards, Joshua Ochoa. Gary 21st Century: Jeremiah King, Mykel Mayes. Rensselaer: Tanner Odle. Westville: Dan Warnke, Kevin Stone.