Boys basketball

Wideman, Dillard make AP all-state boys basketball team

2014-04-09T20:30:00Z 2014-04-15T18:13:12Z Wideman, Dillard make AP all-state boys basketball teamSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

Tyler Wideman was named The Times Player of the Year on Sunday. On Wednesday he was named to the Associated Press' boys basketball All-State second team.

Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said the second-team pick was no slight to his 6-foot-7 power center.

"It's an unbelievable honor," L.C. coach Dave Milausnic said. "It's a great testament to Tyler and his teammates. It shows what hard work and determination can do."

The first team included Trey Lyles of Indianapolis Tech, who has already been named Mr. Basketball as the top high school player in Indiana. Also on the team were Park Tudor's Trevon Bluiett, Marion's James Blackmon Jr. and Greensburg teammates Bryant McIntosh and Sean Sellers.

Along with Wideman on second team was Indianapolis Brebeuf's P.J. Thompson, a Purdue recruit; Carmel's Zach McRoberts, who has committed to Vermont; Lyles' high school teammate Jeremie Tyler, who will play at Ball State, and Jacob Johnson of Mooresville.

The third team included Bowman Academy's Davon Dillard along with Ernie Duncan of Evansville Harrison, Mack Mercer of Plymouth and Grant Evans of Wapahani and sophomore Caleb Swanigan of Homestead.

"That's a huge honor for him," Bowman Academy coach Marvin Rea said of Dillard. "Davon's skilled. The sky is the limit. He works hard when he wants to work hard. He's a special player whose been seen on the big stage all around the state."

Rea talked about exposure helping area players on these teams. He credited Milausnic for taking Lake Central around the state and Bowman has done that since its inception.

Plus, though L.C. and Bowman lost in the 4A and 3A state championship games, they made it there and a lot of people got to see them play.

"Davon is unbelievably athletic, amazing on the court," Rea said.

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