Here’s a look at this year's preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Indy-area boys basketball team.
The three teams and honorable mention feature 30 of the top high school boys players in Central Indiana:
Joey Brunk, Southport, Sr.
The 6-10 Butler recruit averaged 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots last season to help the Cardinals to a 23-3 record and No. 1 ranking for much of the season. He’ll attempt to lead Southport to its first sectional title since 2000.
Eron Gordon, Cathedral, Sr.
Once he became eligible last year after his transfer from North Central, the 6-3 guard was tough to defend. Gordon averaged 24.1 points and 3.4 rebounds and was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team. He is uncommitted for college.
Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central, Sr.
The 6-3 Guy, a Virginia recruit, has a reputation as one of the best offensive players in the state. Guy averaged 19.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season and shot 55-for-132 (42 percent) from the 3-point line.
C.J. Walker, Tech, Sr.
The 6-foot Florida State-bound point guard helped Tech to a state title two years ago, and last year he averaged 23.8 points, 3.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds for a 15-win team. He’s ninth (1,008 points) in career scoring at Tech and fifth in career 3-pointers.
Kris Wilkes, North Central, Jr.
The 6-8 Wilkes is considered one of the top recruits nationally in the 2017 class. He averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and shot 58 percent from the field last year. He has offers from Butler, Indiana and Purdue, among many others.
Kevin Easley, Lawrence North, So.
The 6-7 Easley had a big freshman season, as he averaged 11.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game on a 19-6 Wildcats team. Butler, Indiana, Purdue and others have offered Easley.
Zach Gunn, Hamilton Southeastern, Jr.
The 6-7 Gunn was a major contributor as a freshman and came back with a strong sophomore season (18.2 ppg, 10.2 rebounds) though HSE struggled as a team to an eight-win season.
Paul Scruggs, Southport, Jr.
The 6-3 Scruggs is another top national recruit in the 2017 class with offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois and Michigan State, among others. Scruggs averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game last season.
Justin Thomas, Pike, Sr.
The 6-foot point guard scored 21 points to lead Pike to a 49-48 win against No. 1 Southport in the sectional championship. Thomas averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a junior. Thomas is uncommitted for college.
Jordan Walker, Cathedral, Sr.
The 6-2 Morehead State recruit is one of the state’s most explosive guards. Walker averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists last year as a junior. He should be on the radar for the Indiana All-Star team.
Marcus Burk, Franklin Central, Sr. – The 6-3 Burk averaged 19.0 points and 4.8 rebounds as a junior and shot 40 percent (82-for-203) from the 3-point line. Burk helped the Flashes to a regional final appearance.
Djimon Henson, Lawrence North, Sr. – The 6-3 Morehead State recruit comes over from Warren Central after averaging 17 points a game last season for the Warriors, earning himself a spot on the Indiana Junior All-Star team.
Jaren Jackson Jr., Park Tudor, Jr. – The 6-10 Jackson is another member of the heralded local 2017 recruiting class. Jackson has offers from Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, Georgetown, Michigan and Michigan State, among others. He averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots last season.
Justin Roberts, Pike, Jr. – The 6-foot guard averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals last season as a sophomore to help Pike to its fifth consecutive sectional title. Roberts has an offer from IUPUI.
Brian Warren, Howe, Sr. – The 6-foot Warren averaged 18.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals last season to help the Hornets to a City tournament championship and 18-4 season.
Mekhi Biffle, Lawrence Central, Sr. – The 6-2 guard averaged 15.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists last year and shot 36 percent from the 3-point line (34-for-94).
Hunter Crist, Hamilton Heights, Sr. – The 6-2 Crist averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season and shot 39 percent from the 3-point line (56-for-142).
Antwaan Cushingberry, Lawrence North, So. – The 5-9 point guard proved to be a capable playmaker as a freshman and averaged 7.0 points per game.
Lance Dollison, Fishers, Sr. – The 6-5 small forward averaged 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists as a junior.
Michael Ertel, Mt. Vernon, Jr. – The 6-foot lefty point guard is coming off a strong sophomore season that saw him average 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Preston Flamion, Carmel, Sr. – Flamion, a 6-5 forward, is the top returning scorer (8.7 ppg) and rebounder (4.8) for the Greyhounds. Those numbers should rise this year.
Tate Hall, Greenfield-Central, Sr. – The 6-6 guard averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds as a junior. Hall is a University of Indianapolis recruit.
Eric Hunter, Tindley, So. – The 6-2 guard averaged 17.1 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman. He has offers from IUPUI and Kent State.
John Kiser, Noblesville, Sr. – The 6-5 Kiser averaged 14.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season and was named an Indiana Junior All-Star.
Ra Kpedi, Lawrence North, Jr. – The 6-8 Kpedi averaged 6.0 points per game last season and continues to improve on both ends of the court. He has offers from IUPUI, Cornell and New Orleans.
Tra Landers, Cathedral, Jr. – The 6-foot junior averaged 7.1 points and 3.0 assists as a sophomore. Landers has offers from Ball State and Buffalo.
Keegan Northern, Martinsville, Sr. – The 6-8 forward averaged 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds last season to help the Artesians to a 17-7 record. He is committed to UIndy.
Antonio Singleton, North Central, Sr. – The 6-5 forward, who has an offer from Morehead State, averaged 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior.
Kobe Webster, Park Tudor, Jr. – The 6-foot guard averaged 9.7 points and 2.0 assists to help Park Tudor to a second consecutive Class 2A state title. Webster shot 48 percent (62-for-128) from 3.
Cam Wolter, Fishers, Sr. – The 6-8 UMass-Lowell recruit averaged 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds last year as a junior.
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