Fourteen players have been selected for the 2021 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars, All-Stars game director Mike Broughton announced Monday (April 19).
Those chosen to the team will play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.
Caleb Furst of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian was named winner of the Indiana Mr. Basketball award on Friday (April 16). Furst will be joined by 13 other players on the 2021 Indiana Boys All-Star team. The remaining players, listed alphabetically, are Shamar Avance of Lawrence North, Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette Jeff, Jalen Blackmon of Marion, Luke Brown of Blackford, Luke Goode of Homestead, Kooper Jacobi of Silver Creek, Trey Kaufman-Renn of Silver Creek, J.R. Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph, Blake Sisley of Heritage Hills, Jayden Taylor of Perry Meridian, Pierce Thomas of Brownsburg, Brian Waddell of Carmel and Blake Wesley of South Bend Riley.
The coaches for the 2021 All-Stars will be the same staff that was to guide the All-Stars a year ago, as the 2020 All-Star events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The head coach will be Ryan Osborn of Carmel. He will be assisted by Mark Detweiler of Delta and Nate Hawkins of Heritage Hills.
The Junior-Senior exhibition game is set for June 9 at Brownsburg High School. The first game against Kentucky will be June 11 at the Owensboro SportsCenter in Owensboro, Ky. The final game against Kentucky will be June 12 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The games in Indianapolis are at Southport because Bankers Life Fieldhouse is unavailable this summer because of another phase of renovations that will be occurring there.
All three dates will be doubleheaders with the IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars.
The Indiana Junior All-Stars will play just one game this year -- June 9 against the seniors. There are no Junior All-Star games against Kentucky this year.
The Indiana All-Stars program was founded in 1939 when the Indiana Boys All-Stars played the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs. The series with Kentucky began in 1940, and the girls' portion of the All-Stars was added in 1976. The Junior All-Stars, boys and girls, were added in 1996. The All-Star senior boys have played Kentucky in all but three years since 1940 -- 1943 (World War II), 1944 (World War II) and 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic). The All-Star senior girls have played Kentucky every year since 1976, except 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic).
The Indiana portion of the All-Star Games is organized and produced by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star, with its IndyStar brand, is a title sponsor.
Mr. Basketball is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. The remainder of the team is finalized by Broughton after observing numerous games and events throughout the season, conferring with coaches, school officials and media across the state. Broughton also reviews votes submitted by coaches and media who each could recommend up to 10 players.
A complete list of those chosen as 2021 IndyStar Indiana All-Stars follows.
2021 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars
Name, School, Height, Pos., PPG, College Choice
Shamar Avance, Lawrence North, 6-1, G, 17.3, undecided
Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff, 6-7, G, 32.7, Northwestern
Jalen Blackmon, Marion, 6-2, G, 33.5, Grand Canyon
Luke Brown, Blackford, 6-2, G, 31.7, Stetson
Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, 6-10, F, 21.4, Purdue
Luke Goode, Homestead, 6-6, F, 19.4, Illinois
Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek, 6-7, F, 21.2, Toledo
Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek, 6-9, F, 24.5, Purdue
J.R. Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph, 6-7, G, 28.3, Notre Dame
Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills, 6-9, F, 22.6, Evansville
Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian, 6-4, G, 25.5, Butler
Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg, 6-6, G, 18.8, Butler
Brian Waddell, Carmel, 6-7, G, 15.8, undecided
Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley, 6-5, G, 27.1, Notre Dame
Head coach: Ryan Osborn, Carmel
Assistant coaches: Mark Detweiler, Delta; Nate Hawkins, Heritage Hills