The Times 2013 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

The Times 2013 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

2013-03-28T18:15:00Z 2014-04-05T23:19:19Z The Times 2013 Boys Basketball All-Area Team nwitimes.com
March 28, 2013 6:15 pm

FIRST TEAM

Nate Bubash, Munster

6-6, Sr., C

Stats: 14 ppg., 5 rpg., 60 percent from the field

Scouting Report: The Mustangs' big man led his team to the No. 1 ranking in the state, an undefeated regular season and played well in a heart-breaking loss to Merrillville in the regional semifinal. Will play at Indiana Wesleyan, one of the nation's top NAIA programs.

Charles Cooper, Lew Wallace

6-3, Sr., F

Stats: 23 ppg., 10 rpg., 5 apg.

Scouting Report: Cooper was one of the best players in Gary this season. Led his Cougars to another sectional championship, his second in a row, and fourth in a row for school. On most nights Cooper could not be stopped in the paint.

Larry Crisler, Bishop Noll

6-3, Jr., G

Stats: 19.1 ppg., 8.7 rpg., 3.1 spg.

Scouting Report: This young man went from a role player to the Noll player he is now in six short months. Led the Warriors to 19 wins and battled eventual state champion Bowman to the wire at sectionals. He won't be surprising anyone next winter.

Nick Davidson, Andrean

6-4, Sr., G

Stats: 22.7 ppg., 4.8 rpg. *

Scouting report: One of Andrean's best all-time players. The Valparaiso University-bound guard eclipsed 1,600 points, 400 assists and 500 rebounds on Broadway. The Times Player of the Year also did what no other 3A player has done -- won in Plymouth.

B.J. Jenkins, Merrillville

5-11, Sr., G

Stats: 16 ppg., 3.7 apg., 2.6 spg.

Scouting Report: This kid's nickname should've been "Big Shot." His 25-footer against Munster in the regional helped the Pirates advance to the semistate. Had ice-water running through his veins with the game on the line. A leader on a 22-win team loaded with seniors.

Justin King, Bowman Academy

6-7, Jr., F

Stats: 14 ppg, 7.1 rpg., 3 apg.

Scouting Report: His Eagles had a lot of players who helped them win the 2A title, but King's seven straight points in the fourth quarter against Linton-Stockton kept the Miners in the ground. Very strong around the bucket but also played some point guard for Bowman.

Antonio Pipkin, Bowman Academy

6-3, Sr., F

Stats: 12.5 ppg., 7.4 rpg., 2.0 apg.

Scouting Report: Only played 11 minutes in the state title game but scored 12 in the fourth quarter to help his team win. The standout QB might be playing college hoops now. His stock rose every time his Eagles won. Which was a lot.

Skyler Moss, Andrean

6-4, Sr., F

Stats: 13.8 ppg., 6.4 rpg. *

Scouting Report: Moss scored 16 in the 59ers overtime loss to Fort Wayne Concordia in the Class 3A semistate. How key was he? The Cadets did not move ahead until Moss got in foul trouble. Played his best basketball at the end of the season to help the 'Niners finally win a regional.

John Mosser, Valparaiso

6-6, Sr., F-C

Stats: 14.6 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 57 FG%, 78 FT%

Scouting report: Mosser was the go-to guy for an overachieving Vikings team. He was adept at finishing around the basket and could also step out comfortably to the arc. Mosser will attend the Air Force Academy Prep School with designs on eventually playing for the Falcons.

Michael Schlotman, Munster

6-4, Sr., G

Stats: 12.5 ppg., 6 rpg., 5 apg.

Scouting report: William & Mary got a steal with this standout point guard, who can do it all. His 24 points against Merrillville in the regional showed how key this kid was for the No. 1 team in the state for most of the winter.

Tyler Wideman, Lake Central

6-7, Jr., C

Stats: 15.1 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 2.1 bspg., 2.1 apg.

Scouting Report: This Indiana Junior All-Star helped a rebuilding Indians team take Munster down to the wire in the sectional championship game. The powerful post player is on a lot of college radars. If he keeps working hard he will not have to pay a dime for college. Big-time upside.

Zoran Talley, Merrillville

6-5, Sr., F

Stats: 12.7 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 1.3 asp., 1.8 spg.

Scouting Report: The Pirates do not win a sectional without Talley's play. Or regional title either. The multi-skilled athlete took his game to another level in the second half of the season. This talented late-bloomer will play college hoops for someone.

* Season-ending stats for Andrean players were not provided to The Times. The stats above are from the end of the regular season.

SECOND TEAM

Tom Bardeson, Crown Point

6-5, Sr., G | 16.6 ppg., 3.8 rpg.

Analysis: A tough year in the Hub was given moments of shining by Bardeson, who played out of position (PG) for two seasons but still brought it every night. He did this to help his team fill a hole. His talent and team play will surely open doors for him in the future.

Davon Dillard, Bowman Academy

6-4, So., F | 16.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg.

Analysis: If this budding superstar had played the entire season like he did the Class 2A state championship game, 24 points in the win, he would be the Player of the Year and not on second team. Big strides in his first varsity season. Hard work will make him a Blue Chip prospect.

Hyron Edwards, E.C. Central

6-0 So., G | 18 ppg., 3.4 rpg

Analysis: Had a good season for a program that struggled, finishing 10-11 for the second straight season. Is being recruited by several D-I programs. There has to be light around the corner. This young man must lead the team to get there.

Ryan Fazekas, Marquette

6-7, So., F | 14.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 91 FT%.

Analysis: Fazekas led the way for the Blazers, who again came within a breath of knocking off Triton in the sectional. He produces inside and outside, but a feathery touch that extends to the arc and his ability to handle the ball like a guard has drawn the attention of several Big Ten schools.

Tyreon Gates, Bishop Noll

6-3, Jr., F | 14.2 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 2.7 spg.

Analysis: This kid came out of nowhere and put together a very solid season for the 19-win Warriors. Put up big numbers for the GSSC champions and played very well against Bowman in the sectional championship game. Look for Noll to be right back in the thick of things now that Eagles are 3A.

Drew Hackett, Munster

6-1, So., G | 12.5 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 2 apg., 2 spg.

Analysis: Led the No. 1 Mustangs with 50 3-pointers and was the biggest difference between a 17-4 season in 2011-12 and a 25-1 campaign this time, where the Mustangs cut down the nets at sectional time. Super versatile, can play the point or the "2" with equal ability. Already getting D-I looks.

Matt Holba, Chesterton

6-6, So., F | 11.3 ppg., 7.4 rpg.

Analysis: Whether it was scoring, rebounding, defending or ball handling, Holba did a little bit of everything, and did it well for the young Trojans. Effort was never a question. Unfortunately for Chesterton, he will be suiting up for Guerin Catholic next season.

Levon Hamilton, Hammond

6-1, Sr., G | 19.8 ppg., 3.6 apg

Analysis: Led the Wildcats back from the brink, as Hammond got back to the sectional championship game but could not beat Lew Wallace. He went from being a scorer to an all-around player in one summer. More than likely his best basketball is a year or two away.

Max Johnson, Hanover Central

6-2, Sr., F | 17.8 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 2.8 apg., 1.4 spg.

Analysis: This Wildcat was named the Porter County Conference MVP in the school's last year in the league, leading the 'Cats to the PCC tourney title. His 864 career points is No. 8 in the school record books. Coach Bryon Clouse calls Johnson the most important player to his team in the area.

Mike Miklusak, Lake Central

6-6, Sr., F | 11.8 ppg., 5.1 rpg.

Analysis: The big kid with the silky smooth release played a much bigger role in the Indians offense with the departure of Glenn Robinson III. Could hang the net from deep, finish around the rim and rebound with the best of them. Is getting D-I looks and will likely find a spot on someone's roster.

Zack Van Hook, Lowell

6-5, Jr., G | 24.8 ppg., 5.2 rpg.

Analysis: In classic Red Devils tradition, the program has another big kid who can hang the nets. Helped lead a young team to the top, playing good basketball at the end of the season and hanging around with several very talented teams down the stretch. A little help and this could blow up.

Arnold Wilson, West Side

6-1, Jr., G | 17 ppg., 10 rpg., 4 spg.

Analysis: The Cougars were one of the area's most dangerous teams and Wilson was a big reason why. His team kept knocking on the door but never could quite kick it down. A strong, physical guard who is as comfortable around the basket as he is looking in from the perimeter. Solid like a rock.

 HONORABLE MENTION

Duneland Athletic Conference

Chesterton: Chris Palombizio. Crown Point: Bret Barclay, Nick Jeffirs. Lake Central: Joe Bannister, Tye Wilburn. LaPorte: Josh Fleming, Gage Ott. Merrillville: Jelani Pruitt, Jake Raspopovich. Michigan City: Keenan Simmons, Ryan Taylor. Portage: Jordan Simpson, Jordan Collazo. Valparaiso: Quentin Palmer.

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark: LaRoi Harmon, Jean-Michel Bernateau. Gavit: Xavier Copeland, D.J. Jones. Hammond: Mike Kirkendall, Juwan Holmes. Morton: Rayan Elabed.

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll: Matt Sandoval, Marquis Tarver. Calumet: Rashaan Carson. Lake Station: Dwayne Hayden, Brian Patterson. Marquette: Jovonte Peals, Nathan Flores. North Newton: Wade Scheurich. River Forest: Brandon Laas, J.J. Pennington. Wheeler: Jeremy Truchan, Kevin Barnes. Whiting: Nick Filipek.

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean: D.J. Gonzalez, Sam Toporski, Collin Wojcik. Griffith: Ben Parish, Tremmell Murphy, Anthony Murphy. Highland: Nick Elish. Hobart: Jarrett Colvin. Kankakee Valley: Justin Eger. Lowell: Billy Barker. Munster: Craig Dedelow, Luke Wuchenich.

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace: Trevon Boddie, Keontae Bridges. Roosevelt: Marlon Phillips. West Side: Denzel Casson, Jare Glover.

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove: Dean Hill, Jake Clapp, Jon Hogg. Hanover Central: Dan Kubiak, Jeremy Pedersoli. Hebron: Kyle Joyce. Kouts: Max Everaert, Andrew Birky, Matt Stewart, Cody Nelson. LaCrosse: Riley Charlesworth, Bryce Guse. Morgan Twp.: Ryan Klikus, Chase Braden. South Central: Adam Clindaniel. Washington Twp.: Brandon Adkins, Ryan Geberin.

Others

Bowman: Arthur Haggard III, Darrion Riddle. Covenant Christian: Caleb Herrema. E.C. Central: Anfernee Brown, Jeremy Ochoa. Gary 21st Century: Louis Brown, Dantrell Hurt, Mykel Mayes. Gary Lighthouse: Alexander Johnson, Jaquan Robinson. Rensselaer: Braden Mattocks. Westville: Shawn Gerron, Collin Walker.

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