MUNSTER | It's been going on for quite a while, 75 years to be exact, although the forms and mode of this coveted communique have certainly changed.
The best high school basketball players in Indiana wait nervously to see if someone from Indianapolis will let them know they made the Indiana All-Star team.
In April, game-director Charlie Hall called Munster's Michael Schlotman. No answer. So he called again and again and again. Nothing.
So Hall phoned Mustangs coach Mike Hackett and asked if the 6-foot-4 point guard was running around with his girlfriend or buddies, typical teenage stuff. Hackett laughed.
So he drove to Munster's fieldhouse and found Schlotman sweating, alone, working on his game. Hackett called Hall and handed the phone to Schlotman.
The good news was passed on and the dream tips off this week.
“That story perfectly describes Mike Schlotman,” Hackett said. “The reason he is the player he is and the reason he was picked for the Indiana All-Star team is his work ethic.
“It's that simple.”
Schlotman joined the Indiana All-Star camp on Saturday and looks at a busy week of basketball this week. On Monday Schlotman's team will play the Junior All-Stars in Sullivan. The second exhibition will take place on Wednesday in Tipton, where Lake Central's Tyler Wideman will compete for the 11th-graders.
Valparaiso University recruit Clay Yeo of Triton is a teammate with Schlotman for the next week as well.
On Friday the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game will be played in Louisville. On Saturday the final game, in its 75th year, will be played in Indianapolis.
The Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series began in 1939 and is America's longest-running summer hoops event.
“It's very exciting, I'm thrilled to be a part of this great team,” Schlotman said. “My first goal was winning here at Munster, making this team the best it can be. But being an Indiana All-Star has always been another goal of mine.”
Schlotman was a Junior All-Star last year, where Carmel coach Scott Heady coached him. When Heady was named the senior coach this spring Hackett knew his guard had a great shot to be named one of Indiana's top 13 players.
“Scott loves Mike's length and athleticism,” Hackett said. “He loves the way he plays the game. I think our tradition helped, too.”
Schlotman is the third Munster player to be named an Indiana All-Star in the last six years. Michael Bizoukas was named in 2007 and Joe Crisman 2011.
The William & Mary signee averaged 12.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for a Munster team that finished the regular season undefeated and was ranked No. 1 in the state.
Munster did the same thing Schlotman's sophomore season.
Two future teammates will be on Kentucky's roster for the weekend games, Montgomery County's Omar Prewitt and Lexington Catholic's Jack Whitman will also play at William & Mary.
“There's some bragging rights here,” Schlotman said. “I don't want to lose to them.”