Nine Hancock County boys basketball players — at least two from each of the four county schools — were recognized as all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
The IBCA released its all-state teams Wednesday.
New Palestine’s Ian Stephens was named to The Large School All-State team for seniors. Eastern Hancock’s Jacob Spaulding and Silas Spaulding were selected to The Small School All-State squad for the Class of 2023. Greenfield-Central sophomore Braylon Mullins was chosen as a member of The Large School All-State team for underclassmen.
In addition, Greenfield-Central’s Dylan Moles and New Palestine’s Blaine Nunnally were named honorable mention to the seniors’ group. Mt. Vernon freshmen Luke Ertel and Julien Smith and New Palestine sophomore Ben Slagley were selected honorable mention underclassmen.
Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass boys’ basketball players earned IBCA/Franciscan Health “Supreme 15” All-State honors for 2022-23.
The IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass).
The “Supreme 15” is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades — the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class 1A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.
In addition, 90 more seniors and 90 more underclass players were selected honorable mention all-state. The honorable mention laurels are awarded without regard to school size.
Stephens, Nunnally and Slagley helped lead the Dragons to a 23-win season and sectional championship. Stephens, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward, averaged 15 points per game and a team-high 7.8 rebounds. Nunnally, a 5-11 point guard, led New Palestine in scoring at a 17.2 points per game clip. He also dished out 5.2 assists per game. Slagley, a 6-4 post player, averaged 10 points and 6.7 rebounds.
A 6-foot guard, Jacob Spaulding led the 19-7 Royals in scoring with a 17.3 points per game average. He added 2.8 assists and a team-best 3.2 steals. Silas Spaulding, also a 6-foot guard, topped Eastern Hancock in assists with 3.1 per contest. He was second in scoring averaging 13.7 points per contest.
Mullins, a 6-4 guard, and Moles, a 6-3 guard signed to play at Marian University next season, were a 1-2 punch that led the Cougars to a school-record 21 wins. Mullins averaged 16.9 points per game and a team-best 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals. Moles led G-C in scoring at 20 points per game and 5.1 assists.
Smith, a 6-foot guard, and Ertel, a 6-1 guard, helped lead the 16-9 Marauders to the Muncie Central Sectional championship game. Smith led MV in scoring at 13.1 points per game. Ertel averaged 13 points and had team-highs in rebounding (6.3) and assists (4.3).
The IBCA/Franciscan Health All-State teams are selected through a process organized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and presented by Franciscan Health Sports Medicine.
All IBCA-member head coaches have the opportunity to nominate players. A panel of 20 IBCA coaches — 16 from the current regional areas, three district representatives (one each from IHSAA Districts 1, 2 and 3) and the committee chairman — then meets to review the nominations, vote and finalize the selections.
Those on the IBCA all-state committee for 2023 included chairman David Wood, former coach at West Lafayette, plus Chris Benedict of Whitko in District 1, Chris Hawkins of Indianapolis Attucks in District 2 and J.R. Holmes of Bloomington South in District 3.
Completing the voting panel were Mike Hackett of Munster, Ryan Osborn of Carmel, Mark James of Perry Meridian and Jim Shannon of New Albany in Class 4A; Aaron Wolfe of NorthWood, Matt Kostoff of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Bobby Allen of Guerin Catholic and Gene Miiller of Washington in Class 3A; Kent Chezem of North Judson, Matt Luce of Wapahani, Aaron Spaulding of Eastern Hancock and David Benter of Brownstown Central in Class 2A; and Scott Bowersock of Washington Township, Brian Klein of Blue River Valley, Keith Witty of Edinburgh and Josh Thompson of Barr-Reeve in Class A.
IBCA All-State Teams
2023 IBCA/Franciscan Health Senior All-State
Xavier Booker, Indianapolis Cathedral; Markus Burton, Penn; Myles Colvin, Heritage Christian; Zane Doughty, Ben Davis; Joey Hart, Linton-Stockton; Logan Imes, Zionsville; Mason Jones, Valparaiso; A.J. Lux, Crown Point; Sam Orme, Carmel; Ian Raasch, NorthWood; JaQualon Roberts, Bloomington North; Sheridan Sharp, Ben Davis; Jaron Tibbs, Indianapolis Cathedral; Brandon Trilli, Munster; Ashton Williamson, Gary 21st Century
Large School All-State
Luke Almodovar, Noblesville; Markus Ankney, Center Grove; Cade Brenner, NorthWood; Ahmere Carson, Anderson; Cooper Farrall, Culver Military Academy; Jamie Hodges Jr., Michigan City; Keegan Manowitz, Jennings County; Luke McBride, Norwell; Jaylen Mullen, North Daviess; Nick Richart, Zionsville; Alex Romack, Westfield; Ian Stephens, New Palestine; Deaglan Sullivan, Mishawaka Marian; Devon Woods, Pike; Jordan Woods, Hammond Central
Small School All-State
Lukas Balling, Marquette Catholic; Peyton Bledsoe, Loogootee; Jacob Cherry, Eastern (Pekin); Jermaine Coleman, Park Tudor; Peter Combs, Bloomfield; Owen Duff, Carroll (Flora); Aidan Franks, Wapahani; Josh Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Isaiah Malone, Prairie Heights; Gage Sefton, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Jacob Spaulding, Eastern Hancock; Silas Spaulding, Eastern Hancock; Wyatt Thornburgh, Blue River Valley; Logan Webb, Linton-Stockton; Brady Yoder, Westview
Luke Adams, Sullivan; Wes Aigner, Castle; Jeremiah Alexander, Beech Grove; Cedric Anderson, Liberty Christian; Joseph Annan, Pike; Shaun Arnold, Ben Davis; Matthew Arthur, New Washington; Chase Bachelor, Prairie Heights; Anthony Ball, Decatur Central; Landon Biegel, Oak Hill; Darrion Brooks, New Haven; Joseph Burke, Randolph Southern; Dakota Candler, South Knox; Luke Chambers, Lewis Cass; Colby Chapman, Rensselaer Central; Drew Cook, Northview; DaJohn Craig, Lawrence Central; Austin Cripe, West Noble; Nolan Cumberland, Tippecanoe Valley; A.J. Dancler, Southport; Dawan Daniels, Bloomington North; Robert Davidson, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard; Daniel Davis, Tri; Jake Davis, Indianapolis Cathedral; Mitchell Dean, Western; Caleb Dewey, Edinburgh; Ibrahim Diakite, Indianapolis Metropolitan; Elhadj Diallo, Brownsburg; Cale Donoho, South Spencer; A.J. Dunn, Yorktown; Drew DuPont, Tecumseh; Ki Dyer, Greensburg; Quintin Floyd, Gary 21st Century; Joey Garwood, Penn; Armoni Gonzalez, Lake Station Edison; Leon Grimes, Bowman Academy; Peyton Gwin, Southwestern (Hanover); Arlondo Hall, Indianapolis Tindley; Brycen Hannah, John Glenn; Ameer Harris, South Bend Clay; Daniel Harris, Muncie Central; Andrew Hedrick, Columbia City; Ben Henderson, Harrison (West Lafayette); Isaac Higgs, Evansville Reitz; Dayton Hoover, Frontier; Cooper Horn, Columbus North; Jase Howell, Madison-Grant; Jason “B.J.” Johnson Jr., Providence Cristo Rey; Casey Kaelin, Providence; Kyron Kaopuiki, Homestead; Ben Keil, Lakeland; Will Kirkland, Evansville Reitz; Tayde Kiser, Tippecanoe Valley; Jason Kobe, Marquette Catholic; Mason Larkin, Fountain Central; Owen Law, Jennings County; Colten Leach, Bedford North Lawrence; Bauer Maple, Maconaquah; Anthony Martin, Corydon Central; Nate Matelic, Speedway; Mikial Miller, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter; Willie Miller, Lake Station Edison; Lucas Mitchell, Waldron; Dylan Moles, Greenfield-Central; D.J. Moss, Gary 21st Century; Tyler Myers, Evansville Day; Brycen Neidigh, Washington; Lance Nobbe, North Decatur; Marcus Northern, South Bend Washington; Blaine Nunnally, New Palestine; Nick Patterson, Mooresville; Ethan Poling, Adams Central; Cole Pride, Batesville; Preston Ross, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger; Luke Saylor, Heritage; Jake Skinner, Carroll (Flora); Joe Smith, Penn; Coda Snyder, Bloomington Lighthouse Christian; Shayne Spear, Kokomo; Jeremiah Tate, Beech Grove; Keaton Thibo, Indianapolis Scecina; Dareon Thornton, Mishawaka Marian; Luke Van Essen, Illiana Christian; Caleb Washington, Floyd Central; Josh Williams, Connersville; Ryan Willoughby, South Dearborn; Lance Wilson, North Daviess; Logan Wilson, North Daviess; Gavin Wisley, Bloomington Southl Tyler Wyles, Cambridge City Lincoln
2023 IBCA/Franciscan Health Underclass All-State
Isaac Andrews, Wapahani; Jack Benter, Brownstown Central; Flory Bidunga, Kokomo; Dezmon Briscoe, Indianapolis Attucks; Sabien Cain, University; Kanon Catchings, Brownsburg; Jalen Haralson, Fishers; Brauntae Johnson, Fort Wayne North; Carter Kent, Jennings County; Chase Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph;Tyler Parrish, Chesterton; Kellen Pickett, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Azavier Robinson, Lawrence North; Justin Sims, Chesterton;Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills
Large School All-State
Trey Buchanan, Westfield; Kody Clancy, Scottsburg; David Cundiff, Munster; Micah Davis, Franklin CommunityAaron Fine, Noblesville; Taray Howell, Evansville Bosse; Jevon Lewis Jr., Fort Wayne Wayne; Luke Lindeman, Bloomington North; Braylon Mullins, Greenfield-Central; Dominique Murphy, East Chicago Central; Tyler Raasch, NorthWood; Ron Rutland, Indianapolis Attucks; Tre Singleton, Jeffersonville; Robert Sorensen, Guerin Catholic; Jaymen Townsend, Marion
Small School All-State
Gavin Betten, Manchester; Grady Carpenter, Tipton; Fletcher Cole, Paoli; Josiah Dunham, Evansville Christian; Will Harmon, Fountain Central; Keagen Holder, Morgan Township; Kyler Krull, Whitko; Noah Lovan, Providence; Jake McGraw, Clinton Prairie; Kasym Nash, Borden; Joshua Renfro, Christian Academy of Indiana; Isaac Schultz, Adams Central; Nolan Swan, Tipton; Lonte Ward Jr., Indianapolis Lutheran; Izaak Wright, Wabash
Mason Arthur, New Washington; Zayvion Baker, Terre Haute South; Josiah Ball, Maconaquah; Bradyn Barth, West Noble; Kobi Bowles, Lawrence North; Ty Brown, South Spencer; Allen Briggs, Michigan City; Nicot Burnett, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Cam Casky, Pike; Tyson Chupp, Bethany Christian; Garrett Clark, Portage; Jackson Clowers, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Cam Craig, Switzerland County; P.J. Douglas, Jeffersonville; Eli Ellis, Plainfield; Luke Ellspermann, Evansville Memorial; Luke Ertel, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Evan Gagnon, North Newton; Julian Gish, Pike Central; Jackson Graff, North Posey; Josiah Gustin, Pendleton Heights; Landen Hale, Hebron; Colby Hall, Brownstown Central; Ian Hall, Orleans; Mason Harvey, Seton Catholic; Evan Haywood, Brebeuf Jesuit; Aydan Head, Henryville; Parker Hehman, Brownstown Central; Cole Henry, South Ripley; Aiden Hibbard, Elkhart Christian; D’Amare Hood, Delta; Cedric Horton, Richmond; Cannen Houser, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Reid Howard, Forest Park; Brayden Huebner, Evansville North; William Jamison, Homestead; Cade Kaiser, Batesville; Matthew King, Hammond Central; Evan Lawrence, Danville; Caleb Lehrman, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger; Jamison Lewis, Southwestern (Hanover); Jordan Lomax, Avon; J.T. May, Shakamak; Micah McClure, Adams Central; Jackson McGee, Leo; Wiatt McLaughlin, Whiteland; Malachi McNair, Evansville Harrison; Jack Miller, Scottsburg; Sam Mlagan, Bethesda Christian; Quade Morton, Pike Central; Kaden Muckerheide, North Decatur; Blake Neill, Bloomfield; Jaxon Pardon, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Devion Penny, Lafayette Jeff; Grant Porath, Brownsburg; Steven Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Max Robertson, Tri-West; Matthew Roettger, Peru; Brad Rohde, Hanover Central; Trey Rominger, Paoli; Ethan Roseman, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard; Alex Ross, Peru; Treigh Schelsky, Parke Heritage;Joey Schmitz, Center Grove; Albert Schwartz, Lafayette Central Catholic; Eli Sego, Triton Central; Landon Sichting, Indian Creek; Shane Sims, Evansville Harrison; Hunter Sisson, Benton Central; Ben Slagley, New Palestine; Jack Smiley, Valparaiso; Jacob Smith, Lake Central; Julien Smith, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Zeke Tanoos, West Vigo; Kaden Temple, Eastern (Pekin); Kieran Tewari, Yorktown; Cole Thomas, South Central (Elizabeth); Tucker Tornatta, Evansville Memorial; Elijah Wagner, Evansville Bosse; Hunter Walston, Noblesville; Braden Walters, Linton-Stockton; Ajani Washington, Fort Wayne Concordia; Camden Webster, Kankakee Valley; Michael Wellman, Portage; Lemetrius Williams, Gary 21st Centuryl; Ethan Wolfe, NorthWood; Jackson Wors, Delta; Trey Yoder, WoodlanMark Zachery IV, Ben Davis; Wyatt Zellers, Scottsburg