The Indiana Junior All-Star teams were named on Wednesday with one core team of six players and three other teams, each of six players.
Northeast Indiana will be represented on the core team with Westview’s Charlie Yoder, who averaged 23.7 point per game for the NECC and Sectional champions. He is the second Westview junior in as many years to earn the honor following Elijah Hales last season.
“I feel very blessed that I have the opportunity to play in [the All-Star setting] and happy that I can represent Westview High School and the community,” Yoder told Outside the Huddle.
Other members of the core group are Lawrence Central’s D’Andre Davis, Culver Academy’s Trey Galloway, Mishawaka Marian’s Jaden Ivey, Bloomington South’s Anthony Leal and Lawrence Central’s Nijel Pack.
Yoder’s 23.7 points per game ranks second of all of the Junior All-Stars behind Ivey’s 24.9 points per game. Yoder has led Westview to back to back Sectional titles; they also won a Regional title in 2018.
“I think that we’ve done a really good job of winning games for two years and I feel that I’ve played on two very good teams with two very special groups of teammates,” Yoder said.
The “red group” will also feature Homestead’s Zak Krueger, who averaged 13.2 points per game for the SAC Holiday Tournament and co-SAC regular season champion Spartans.
“I’m incredibly grateful to be named an all star with some of the best players in the state. Hard work, patience and dedication pays off,” Krueger told Outside the Huddle.
Other members of the red group are Fort Wayne native Deontae Craig of Culver Academy as well as Gary 21st Century’s Johnell Davis, Hamilton Southeastern’s Chris Grubbs and Major Mabak and Chesterton’s Jake Wadding.
The core team will play three games combined against both the Indiana Senior All-Stars and Kentucky. Each game will be played with one of the core groups. Those matchups have not been announced yet. The game against the Indiana seniors will be June 5 at a to be determined site and the Kentucky games will be played June 1 or 2 in Kentucky and June 3 at Jeffersonville High School.