24 players selected to face Kentucky Juniors, Indiana Seniors in June games

Twenty-four players have been selected for the IndyStar Indiana boys Junior All-Stars for 2018.

Players in the core group include Keion Brooks Jr. of Fort Wayne North, Armaan Franklin of Cathedral, Mason Gillis of New Castle, Trayce Jackson-Davis of Center Grove, Brandon Newman of Valparaiso and Isaiah Thompson of Purdue.

The North group players are Noah Applegate of Penn, Ali Ali of East Noble, Ethan Brittain-Watts of Culver Military Academy, Elijah Hales of Westview, Colin Kenney of Marquette Catholic and Craig Young Jr. of Fort Wayne Wayne.

The Central group players are Manuel Brown of Scecina, Luke Bumbalough of New Castle, Connor Jones of Danville, Dawand Jones of Ben Davis, John Michael Mulloy of Carmel and Sam Skaggs of Logansport.

The South group players are Cameron Alford of Brownsburg, David Bell of Warren Central, Cobie Barnes of Floyd Central, Jared Hankins of Lawrence North, Alex Hemenway of Castle and Zach Kuhn of Shelbyville.

Matt English of Beech Grove will be the head coach for the boys Junior All-Stars. English will be assisted by Scott McClelland of Morristown and Rob Yoder of Westview.

The Junior All-Stars will play two games against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on June 1 and June 2. The Junior All-Stars also will play one game against the Indiana All-Star senior girls on June 6. The June 1 game will be in Kentucky at a site to be announced. The June 2 game will be in Indiana at a site to be announced. The June 6 game also will be at a site to be announced.

All three games will be doubleheaders with the 2018 Indiana girls Junior All-Stars, who were chosen and announced in late February.

The players listed as core group players will play in all three games. The players listed as South group will join the Core group and play against the Kentucky Juniors in Kentucky (on June 1). The Central group and North group also will join the Core group and play one time each — either against Kentucky Juniors in Indiana (on June 2) or against the Indiana Seniors (on June 6). The night and opponent for the Central and North groups will be determined later.

The Indiana senior All-Stars will play the Kentucky senior All-Stars on June 8 at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall in Louisville. The Indiana senior All-Stars will play Kentucky’s seniors again on June 9 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Those home-and-home events also will be girls-boys doubleheaders.

The Junior All-Star team is determined by the 20-member Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-state panel in conjunction with its selection of the IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Team. The selection process allows all IBCA-member head coaches to nominate players through the IBCA all-state process. Representatives from 16 regional areas from across the state, three district representatives from the three IHSAA districts (one each from District 1, District 2 and District 3) and the committee chair then meet to review the nominations, vote and finalize the selections.

The IBCA/Subway boys’ basketball Senior All-State and Underclass All-State teams for 2018 will be released later this week.

A list of those chosen as 2018 boys Junior All-Stars follows.

2018 IndyStar Boys Junior All-Stars


Name, Ht., Pos., High School, College Choice

Keion Brooks Jr., 6-8, F, Fort Wayne North, undecided

Armaan Franklin, 6-5, G, Cathedral, undecided

Mason Gillis, 6-7, F, New Castle, undecided

Trayce Jackson-Davis, 6-9, F, Center Grove, undecided

Brandon Newman, 6-4, G, Valparaiso, undecided

Isaiah Thompson, 6-0, G, Zionsville, Purdue


Name, Ht., Pos., High School, College Choice

Noah Applegate, 6-6, G, Penn, undecided

Ali Ali, 6-7, F, East Noble, undecided

Ethan Brittain-Watts, 6-0, G, Culver Military Academy, undecided

Elijah Hales, 6-4, G, Westview, undecided

Colin Kenney, 6-1, G, Marquette Catholic, undecided

Craig Young, Jr., 6-5, F, Fort Wayne Wayne, undecided


Name, Ht., Pos., High School, College Choice

Manuel Brown, 6-1, G, Scecina, undecided

Luke Bumbalough, 6-0, G, New Castle, undecided

Connor Jones, 6-3, G, Danville, undecided

Dawand Jones, 6-7, C, Ben Davis, undecided

John Michael Mulloy, 6-10, F, Carmel, undecided

Sam Skaggs, 6-0, G, Logansport, undecided


Name, Ht., Pos., High School, College Choice

Cameron Alford, 6-1, G, Brownsburg, undecided

David Bell, 6-3, G, Warren Central, undecided

Cobie Barnes, 6-6, F, Floyd Central, undecided

Jared Hankins, 6-4, G, Lawrence North, undecided

Alex Hemenway, 6-4, G, Castle, undecided

Zach Kuhn, 6-4, G, Shelbyville, undecided

Head coach: Matt English, Beech Grove

Assistant coaches: Scott McClelland, Morristown; Rob Yoder, Westview


Friday, June 1 — Indiana Juniors vs. Kentucky Juniors at Kentucky (site TBA)

Saturday, June 2 — Indiana Juniors vs. Kentucky Juniors at Indiana (site TBA)

Wednesday, June 6 — Indiana Seniors vs. Indiana Juniors (site TBA)

Friday, June 8 — Indiana Seniors vs. Kentucky Seniors (at Knights Hall, Bellarmine University, Louisville)

Saturday, June 9 — Indiana Seniors vs. Kentucky Seniors (at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis)