Boys basketball

The Times All-Area Boys Basketball Team

2011-04-07T22:00:00Z 2012-10-09T18:54:04Z The Times All-Area Boys Basketball TeamBy Steve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

FIRST TEAM

Spike Albrecht, Crown Point

6-0, Sr., G

Stats: 21 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.8 rpg.

Scouting Report: The Duneland's MVP led his Bulldogs to an 18-win season and is getting strong looks from Brown, Akron and Northern Illinois. The last member of a great hoops family line may have turned out to be the best.

Elliott Bajda, Whiting

6-1, Sr., G

Stats: 17.3 ppg, 3.0 apg, 6.4 rpg.

Scouting Report: Bajda, who finished his career as the Oilers' second all-time leading scorer with 1,170 points, led the program from a winless season his freshman year to a 12-9 campaign in 2010-11. It was Whiting's first plus-.500 season since 1990-91.

Ricky Carbajal, Munster

6-6, Sr., C

Stats: 16 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 spg.

Scouting report: The offense of the state's top-ranked 4A team went through Carbajal, and he delivered as the Mustangs produced their first undefeated regular season. The Quincy University recruit was a big reason Munster got within one game of Conseco Fieldhouse.

Joe Crisman, Munster

6-4, Sr., G

Stats: 17 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg, 2 spg.

Scouting Report: He was "The Man" on "The Team" in Northwest Indiana this winter. Crisman could do it all, and he did all of it very well. He's currently committed to Loyola University in Chicago, but time will tell on that. Crisman is a lock to make the Indiana All-Star team.

Branden Dawson, Lew Wallace

6-6, Sr., F

Stats: 28.7 ppg, 18.6 rpg, 5.6 apg.

Scouting Report: The Michigan State recruit and McDonald's All-American has his best basketball still ahead of him. The surefire Indiana All-Star will get back to Conseco for another game, one that he will likely win this time. He was a one-of-a-kind talent for the basketball-rich city of Gary.

Adonis Filer, Bishop Noll

6-3, Sr., G

Stats: 15.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.5 spg.

Scouting Report: The Mount Carmel transfer, plain and simple, was the reason the Warriors advanced to the Class 2A state championship game. Great growth, both on and off the court, helped Filer evolve from a mid-major candidate to a player who will compete in a major-college conference.

Brandon Grubl, Morgan Twp.

6-3, Sr., F

Stats: 21.7 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 4.0 rpg., 2.8 spg.

Scouting Report: Known more as a scorer coming into the season, Grubl vastly expanded the rest of his game, showing the ability to play multiple positions and play them well. He scored when the Cherokees needed him to score and found his teammates when defenses gave him extra attention. His strength and leaping ability gave him an inside presence and made him a matchup nightmare on the perimeter.

Jeremiah Jones, Merrillville

6-3, Sr., G

Stats: 17 ppg, 4 rpg, 54 FG pct.

Scouting Report: Despite having offers on the table from Indiana State and Virginia Commonwealth, Jones is likely heading to a prep school for now. He led his Pirates to the No. 2 ranking in the state and a one-loss regular season. The silky shooter played well this season but didn't get the same looks he did a year ago.

DeJuan Marrero, Bowman Academy

6-5, Jr., F

Stats: 22.1 ppg., 15.3 rpg., 2.4 apg.., 2.1 spg., 3.3 bpg.

Scouting Report: The Indiana Junior All-Star is on most colleges' radar. His decision about the future will come this summer. The scary thing is, Marrero's best basketball is still ahead of him. With a summer of solid work, he will explode next year. That is for sure.

Austin Richie, Lowell

6-2, Sr., G

Stats: 33 ppg, 4 apg, 3 rpg, 2 spg.

Scouting Report: The Western Michigan-bound sharpshooter led his Devils to 12 wins, the most the program has had in 18 years. Richie was also Indiana's highest-scoring senior. At the Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout, his game was elevated by the talent around him.

Glenn Robinson III, Lake Central

6-5, Jr., G

Stats: 22.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg.

Scouting Report: The Michigan-bound, Indiana Junior All-Star core member was unbelievable in the second half of the year. He scored 39 points against E.C. Central and had 60 in two sectional games. In one of those, the Indians took top-ranked Munster to OT.

Jerrick Suiter, Valparaiso

6-4, Sr., F

Stats: 14.6 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 3.0 apg., 1.2 spg., 1.1 bpg.

Scouting Report: Not bad for his third sport.  Country strong, Suiter could carve out space in the post with the best of them, despite often being shorter. He adeptly found the open man when the defense collapsed on him and could also step out to hit 20-footers. He was never afraid to take the big shot at crunch time, and more often than he not, he made it. Just ask Merrillville. 

SECOND TEAM

Najee Bailey, Wheeler

6-3, Sr., G-F | 17.7 ppg.

Analysis: After being just one of the guys during the 2010 Class 2A state title run, Bailey had to carry the load for a lineup of all new faces, and he more than did his part. A repeat wasn't in the cards, but the Bearcats still managed 14 wins thanks largely to Bailey, who was at his best in the open court.

Adam Butterfield, Valparaiso

6-4, Sr., G | 11.5 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 2.5 apg., 1.7 spg.

Analysis: Butterfield turned his game up a notch, make that several notches, in the post-season, helping the Vikings reach the regional final, where they nearly knocked off Munster. Known primarily as a dead-eye shooter, Butterfield improved all the other facets of his game this season.

Brandon Clark, Merrillville

6-0, Sr., G | 13.2 ppg, 5.6 apg.

Analysis: Clark was a great tandem guard with Jeremiah Jones for the past two-plus years. Great quickness and court awareness was his strength. He will take his game to Santa Clara next year, where his athleticism is sure to shine. 

Ronnye Beamon, Bishop Noll

6-4, Jr., F | 11.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.5 apg.

Analysis: Beamon was a force for the Class 2A state runner-up. His play around the basket and the ability to use his size and speed on the floor was key, but his spiritual strength was bigger. While he was dealing with his father's death, the Warriors rallied around Beamon.

Nick Bollenbacher, Hanover Central

6-1, Jr., G | 17.9 ppg, 6.1 apg, 5.3 spg, 5.4 rpg.

Analysis: One of the area's best all-around players, Bollenbacher never failed to put entries in each statistical category every Friday night. His Wildcats lost by only six points to Bishop Noll in the sectional, and that's saying something.

Nick Davidson, Andrean

6-4, So., G | 19 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 3.9 apg.

Analysis: Already offered a scholarship by Valparaiso, Davidson has also drawn interest from IU, Purdue and Michigan. The heady point guard has two sectional titles under his belt already, and the lights should be bright on Broadway for the next two years.

Keith Mahler, Highland

6-6, Sr., F | 18 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 2 apg., 1 spg.

Analysis: The backbone of the Trojans' rebuilding process finished with 1,132 career points. He helped Highland go from three wins as a freshman to a respectable ten this year. Can shoot with the best of them but not afraid to go inside and bang, either.

Elijah Ray, Bowman Academy

6-6, Jr., F | 15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 spg.

Analysis: Valparaiso and Indiana State are quite interested in the Eagles' quiet big man. For his size and strength, Ray has a great perimeter jump shot, but he can still put a lunch bucket in his hands and rebound the rock.

Jared Smoot, Crown Point

6-10, Sr., C | 10 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg.

Analysis: The Navy-bound big man probably changed more shots this season than any player in recent region history -- and his full potential still hasn't been reached. Remember, Smoot has only been playing ball four or five years.

Brian Stolarz, Munster

6-5, Sr., F | 10 ppg., 5 rpg., 4 apg.

Analysis: Munster was 87-8 in all the games that Stolarz started since his freshman year. A key cog in the Mustangs' run to its first undefeated regular season, first No. 1 state ranking and second semistate championship, the kid was just a class act.

Jerrick Ware, E.C. Central

5-11, Sr., G | 19.8 ppg., 5.8 apg., 3 rpg., 2 spg.

Analysis: The quick, smart "points" guard was as good in setting up teammates as he was with hanging the net himself. Scored 28 against Lawrence North and 32 against Indianapolis Tech causing many from The Harbor to wonder why he didn't make the Top 60 workout.

Tyler Wideman, Lake Central

6-6, Fr., C | 11.5 ppg, 9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.4 bpg.

Analysis: Wideman look like a freshman on the floor in November and December, but he averaged a double-double in the second half of the season. He will continue to get bigger and stronger, and his game will get wiser. Wideman will be something to see the next three years.

HONORABLE MENTION

Duneland Athletic Conference

Chesterton: Jordan Peterson. Crown Point: Sean Crary. Lake Central: Alex Ratic, Taylor Lehnert. LaPorte: Ryan Basinger. Merrillville: Josh Hogan, Edward Seay. Michigan City: Alajowon Edwards. Portage: Lawrence Jones.

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark: Mario Herron, Devin Ellis. Gavit: Kevin Johnson, Cedric Smith, Alvin Johnson. Hammond: LaQ'uon Clark. Morton: Greg Flores, D'Jari Griffin, Brandon Valentine.

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll: Milos Kostic, Jose Rosario, John Dodson. Calumet: Leventes Strong. Lake Station: Dean Flores, Ricky Garcia. North Newton: Cody Balog. River Forest: J.J. Pennington. Wheeler: Nigel Mims. Whiting: Gio Cruz.

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean: Josh James, Collin Wojcik, Adam Bosak. Griffith: Tyrell Tinnin. Highland: Jordan Minch. Hobart: Nick Lafty. Kankakee Valley: Evan DeKock. Lowell: Kyle Richwalski, Danny DeBoer. Munster: Brian Stolarz, Christian Young, Michael Schlotman.

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace: Aaron Abram, DeVonte Harris. Roosevelt: Michael Jenkins, Derrick Payton. West Side: Jonathan Black, Arnold Wilson, Marquis Wells.

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove: Lukas Kemp. Hanover Central: Zach Rush, Derek De St. Jean. Hebron: Cody Artuso. Kouts: Conor VanDyke, Andy Lovall, Matt Bradley. LaCrosse: Ryan Pahl. Morgan Twp.: Jaron Coleman, Ryan Klikus. South Central: Matt Walker. Washington Twp.: Brandon Hogge.

Others

Bowman: Jovauntae Robinson, Jaylin Airrington. Covenant Christian: Matt Schurman. E.C. Central: Anthony Williams, Donte' Brown. Rensselaer: Ben Davisson. Westville: Jesse Mills.

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