Hoosier Basketball tabs Top 60 seniors
Hoosier Basketball recently announced its Top 60 senior boys’ basketball players for 2021-22 as compiled by the magazine. These boys were selected from approximately 1,500 senior players statewide. The event took place March 27 at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Senior Workout was highlighted by five players who participated in the 2022 Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state finals March 26: Class AA Connor Essegian of Central Noble, Class AAA Richard Brooks of Mishawaka Marian, Class AAAA Travis Grayson of Chesterton, along with Tayshawn Comer and Jaxon Edwards from Indianapolis Cathedral.
The top two scorers in the state — Hunter Johnson of South Decatur (31.9 ppg) and Jalen Jackson of Fort Wayne Northrop (27.6) — were also featured in the Top 60 Workout. Highlighting the Top 60 players are four Big Ten recruits: Essegian (University of Wisconsin), CJ Gunn of Lawrence North (Indiana University), Fletcher Loyer of Homestead (Purdue University) and Braden Smith of Westfield (Purdue). Unfortunately, Smith was injured and unable to participate. Those four players, along with Tae Davis of Warren Central (University of Louisville) and Peter Suder of Carmel (Bellarmine University) are featured on the cover of the 2021-22 issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine and also part of the Top 60 Senior Workout.
Nine more seniors — Comer (Eastern Kentucky University), Grayson, Jackson (University of Illinois – Chicago), Logan McIntire of North Harrison (University of Evansville), Branden Northern of Silver Creek, Billy Smith of Brebeuf Jesuit (Miami University of Ohio), Charlie Williams of Carmel (William & Mary University), Ryan Conwell of Pike (University of South Florida) and Kyle Thomas of Cloverdale (Cedarville University) — were pictured on the front cover or the table of content page of Hoosier Basketball Magazine and also participated in the Top 60 Senior Workout.
Rounding out the Top 60 were Jameer Ajibade (Evansville Bosse), Reggie Bass (Indianapolis Tech), Tobey Billups (Connersville), Caedmon Bontrager (Leo), Javan Buchanan (Lafayette Jeff), Brock Buckley (Covenant Christian – Marion), Luke Carroll (Hamilton Heights), Wesley Celichowski (Floyd Central), Colin Comer (Greensburg), Hayden Cutter (Scottsburg), AJ Dixon (Merrillville), Will Grissom (Guerin Catholic), Cam Haffner (Westfield), Mark Hankins (Terre Haute North), Eli Hoffman (South Dearborn), Chris Hood (East Noble), Aaron Humphrey (Tindley), Chandler Jackson (Warren Central), Sam Jacobs (Hamilton Southeastern), Amhad Jarrard (Mount Vernon – Fortville), Armon Jarrard Mount Vernon – Fortville), Karson Jenkins (Fort Wayne Snider), Cade Jones (Eastern – Pekin), Rasheed Jones (Indianapolis Tech), Randy Kelley (Sullivan), Sam King (Columbus North), Nick Klaiber (Bloomington North), Hagen Knepp (Barr-Reeve), Aidan Lambert (Fort Wayne Snider), Hayden Maiben (Maconaquah), Neil Marshall (Delta), Elijah Mattingly (Central Christian), Chrishon McCray (Avon), Carson Miller (Bremen), Christian Nunn (Indianapolis Attucks), Landon O’Neal (Eastern Hancock), Aaron Pickel (North Putnam), Nate Powell (Tipton), Eric Price (Gary 21st Century), A.J. Roseman (Indianapolis Chatard), Brady Ruggles (Danville), Avery Saunders (Southmont), Jeffrey Simmons (Fishers), E.J. Smith (Noblesville), Tommy Snyder (South Bend Adams), Jahni Summers (Evansville Harrison), Shon Tupuola (Brownsburg), Jordan Turner (Indianapolis Ritter), Jackson Ullom (Monroe Central), Carter Waskom (Brownstown Central), Ty Wills (Anderson) and Bobby Wonnell (Taylor).
Brevin Hallatt (Blue River Valley) and Jalen Washington (Gary West) were selected, but due to injuries, were unable to participate.
Five players — Jamison Dunham (Pendleton Heights), Will Lovings-Watts (Jeffersonville), Brandon Rayzer-Moore (Jeffersonville), Joe Reidy (Woodlan) and Dayveon Turner (Indianapolis Tech) — were selected but were unable to attend.
Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted throughout the season to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60. Two sessions of the Top 60 Senior Workout were hosted March 27 by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA, at Marian University.
Boys primarily from northern and southern Indiana participated in the first session and the remaining players, mostly from central Indiana, competed during the second session.
Former state championship coach Christopher Hawkins (Indianapolis Attucks) directed both sessions. Four other IBCA coaches — John Bodey (Central Noble), Larry Upshaw (Gary 21st Century), Patrick Rady (Cloverdale) and Jason Speer (Bloomington North) — were invited to assist with on-court coaching.
KnowYourBaller filmed the Boys Top 60 Senior Workout and will provide summary videos with all pertinent clips for all participating players.