Wrapping up boys basketball season at Outside the Huddle means naming our inaugural All-Area Team featuring the 16 players that we at Outside the Huddle have found to be the best over this past 2018-2019 season under a number of factors.
FRANKIE DAVIDSON, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN SENIOR
Davidson was a record setter during his senior season becoming Blackhawk Christian’s all-time leading scorer as well as setting school single season records for points, rebounds and dunks. In leading Blackhawk Christian to a Class 1A state title, Davidson was also named MVP of the Old National Bank Holiday Classic in North Daviess in December. As a senior, he averaged a team best 21.2 points per game and also averaged 11.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists shooting 59.7 percent from the field. Davidson was named IBCA All-State Supreme 15 as one of the top 15 seniors in the state. He was selected as part of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior workout, but could not attend.
SYDNEY CURRY, NORTHROP SENIOR
Curry reintroduced himself to the Summit Athletic Conference with a roar as a senior, leading the Bruins to a share of the conference title and a Sectional title. The Miami (OH) commit averaged a team best 17.7 points and area best 11.7 rebounds per game. In the process, he shot at a 62.5 percent success rate from the field and constantly drew every gimmick defense other teams had in store. Curry was named IBCA Supreme 15 as one of the top seniors in the state, All-SAC First team and was part of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior workout.
DAVID EJAH, CARROLL SENIOR
In leading Carroll to a share of the SAC title, Ejah averaged team bests in points (14.3) and rebounds (10.2) while also averaging 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. The senior shot 55 percent from the field in the process. Ejah was named First Team All-SAC, IBCA All-State Honorable Mention and was part of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior workout.
ALI ALI, EAST NOBLE SENIOR
East Noble was able to win back-to-back Northeast 8 titles without a single loss in conference, led by Ali’s sure hand. The Akron commit averaged 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. As if his gaudy numbers were not enough, Ali hit 58 percent of his shots and helped the Knights to a Sectional final. He was part of the Outside the Huddle First Five in the preseason and then in the postseason named All-NE8 First Team, IBCA Large School All-State and was selected as part of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior workout, but could not attend.
BRENT COX, EAST NOBLE SENIOR
Cox had a breakout senior season in the post for NE8 champion East Noble and committed to play on the next level at Trine just after his senior season ended. Cox scored 13.3 points and pulled down 10.2 rebounds per game as one of the area’s few players to average double digit rebounds. Cox also added 1.6 assists per game and shot 54 percent from the field. Named All-NE8 First Team, Cox was also named IBCA All-State Honorable Mention.
ZACH DAUGHERTY, HUNTINGTON NORTH SENIOR
Part of a triple threat for the sectional champion Vikings, Daugherty proved his major worth on the basketball court his senior season despite heading for a future in college baseball. The pace setter for a team that captivated their hometown in the playoffs, Daugherty averaged 12.4 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. He was named All-NE8 First Team, IBCA All-State Honorable Mention and IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
KEVIN BROWN, ADAMS CENTRAL SENIOR
Brown was considered one of, if not the very best shooter in the area this season. Capable of hitting shots from almost anywhere against any team. The future college baseball player scored 20.7 points per game as one of just three area players to average over 20 points per game this season as he hit 43 percent of his shots and 38 percent of his three point shots. Brown was named All-Allen County Athletic Conference First Team as well as IBCA All-State Honorable Mention and IBCA Academic All-State.
ISAAC ANDERSON, NORTHROP SENIOR
Perhaps one of the most underrated players in the area, Anderson set a frenetic pace on both sides of the ball for the co-SAC champion and Sectional champion Bruins. Anderson put up 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game and was named All-SAC Second Team and IBCA All-State Honorable Mention.
CRAIG YOUNG, WAYNE SENIOR
Young’s on again, off again early season approach was on emphatically when he made his season debut in the SAC Holiday Tournament. By season’s end, Young was averaging 17.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest while helping Wayne to a Class 4A Sectional final. Young scored at a 59 percent success rate from the field in his senior season. Young was part of Outside the Huddle’s First Five in the preseason, was named All-SAC First Team and was selected as part of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior workout, but could not attend.
DILLON DUFF, SNIDER JUNIOR
The Panthers’ season was up and down, but Duff stayed pretty consistent in the process eventually scoring 40 points in a win over Bishop Luers, one of the top area scoring performances of the season. Duff’s final stat line saw him shooting 53 percent from the field with a team best 17.1 points per game. Duff also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Duff was named All-SAC First Team and IBCA Underclass All-State Honorable Mention. In the preseason, he was part of Outside the Huddle’s First Five.
WILL GEIGER, NORWELL JUNIOR
Norwell competed at the top half of the Northeast 8 all season led by Geiger as one of the best players in the conference. Geiger averaged 19 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting at 54 percent from the field. In the preseason, Geiger was part of Outside the Huddle’s First Five. In the postseason, he was named All-NE8 First Team and IBCA Underclass All-State Honorable Mention.
CHARLIE YODER, WESTVIEW JUNIOR
Yoder had the single best scoring season in LaGrange County history in leading the Warriors to NECC regular season, NECC Tournament and Sectional titles before the season ended prematurely in the Regional night game. The previous LaGrange County and Westview single season scoring record had stood since 1973 before Yoder’s 38 point Regional morning output against Bluffton. Yoder was named an member of the Indiana Junior All-Star core team while averaging an area best 23.7 points per game. Yoder also averaged 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 51.7 percent from the field while being named All-NECC First Team and IBCA Underclass Supreme 15 as one of the top 15 players in grades 9-11 in the state.
ZAK KRUEGER, HOMESTEAD JUNIOR
Krueger became one of the area’s clutch players during his breakout junior season, including a buzzer beater against Carroll that gave the Spartans a share of the SAC regular season title. Krueger also was instrumental in helping Homestead to their first SAC Holiday Tournament title. He averaged 13.2 points, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 42 percent from the field. He was named to the Indiana Junior All-Stars as part of the “red” team, was first team All-SAC and IBCA Underclass All-State Honorable Mention.
LUKE GOODE, HOMESTEAD SOPHOMORE
Goode’s 31 points in the finals of the SAC Holiday Tournament was part of a two day spurt that answered any questions about his star power on the basketball court. He hit 14 three pointers over those two days in three games to lead Homestead to a SAC Holiday Tournament title. Over the course of the season, he led Homestead in scoring as he averaged 14.9 points per game and helped them to a share of the SAC title. Goode also averaged 5. rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from three point range. He was named All-SAC First Team and IBCA Underclass Small School All-State.
CALEB FURST, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN SOPHOMORE
The highly recruited Furst averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in just his second season. Furst’s defensive output in the Class 1A state title game against Barr-Reeve was crucial is building a first half team as the Braves won the title and finished the season 28-2. Furst was named IBCA Underclass All-State Supreme 15 as one of the top 15 players in grades 9-11 in the state. Furst his 63.5 percent of his shots and averaged 3.2 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while also becoming second in program history in single season dunks.
ZANE BURKE, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN SOPHOMORE
Burke made his Blackhawk Christian debut and immediately made an impact on the perimeter in helping the Braves to a Class 1A state championship. He averaged 12.9 points per game while hitting a team best 61 three pointers at a team second best 43 percent success rate. Burke added 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. His 1.3 steal per game averaged didn’t do justice to the value of his perimeter defense throughout the season both in the half court and in the Braves’ smothering press. Burke was named IBCA Underclass All-State Honorable Mention.