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71 players selected IBCA first-team Academic All-State

Several local players make the team
71 players selected IBCA first-team Academic All-State 71 players selected IBCA first-team Academic All-State

Seventy-one Indiana high school seniors — 39 boys and 32 girls — were chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced March 17.

In addition, 188 more boys and 189 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2020, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.

Local male players selected include Tucker Gentemann and Jacob Eve, both from Corydon Central; Caden Cunningham from South Central; Grant Gohmann from Floyd Central; and Colten Nicholson from Crawford County. Female players selected were Katie Fessel, Emily Harbaugh and Jessie Johnson, all from Corydon Central, and Kalissa Fosskuhl from Floyd Central.

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 and assists per game.

“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% of one’s class, an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT composite score of 24.

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 are to be distributed to coaches at the annual IBCA Clinic, scheduled for April 24 and 25 at Lawrence North High School 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.