April 09, 2014 | 10:27 AM
Sixty-nine Indiana high school seniors — 33 boys and 36 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced March 20.
In addition, 135 more boys and 107 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2014, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
Six basketball players from Harrison County, one from Crawford County and one from Floyd Central were among those selected honorable mentions.
In girls' basketball, Corydon Central's Taylor Frederick and Reagan Mosley, along with Lanesville's Erica Daly earned nods. Crawford County's Mandi McLain and Floyd Central's Brooke Hinton also were selected.
On the boys' side, Lanesville's Noah Frazier and Micah Lane, joined North Harrison's Joseph Hinton as honorable-mention recipients.
The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where both academic and athletic prowess are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game and shooting percentage.
"The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," Witty said. "Rather, in many cases, a player's success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor."
IBCA-member head coaches from schools throughout the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one's class, an SAT score of 1,500 or an ACT score of 23.
Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.
Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches at the IBCA Spring Clinic, set for April 25 and 26 in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.
The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys since 1973. The program was expanded to include a girls' Academic All-State team in 1980.