On Wednesday, the Indiana Junior All-Stars for the 2019-2020 season were announced. These 18 players represent the best in the state in the Class of 2021 and three are players […]
On Wednesday, the Indiana Junior All-Stars for the 2019-2020 season were announced. These 18 players represent the best in the state in the Class of 2021 and three are players made the list.
There is a 6-player core group that will play in both games the Junior All-Stars will participate in. They will play one game with a six player North group and another with the six player South group. One game will be against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars while the other game will be against Indiana’s senior All-Star group.
Blackhawk Christian junior Caleb Furst was one of the six players named to the Indiana Junior All-Star core group. Furst averaged 21.7 points per game for the Class 2A Sectional champion Blackhawk Christian Braves. Joining him in the core group is Lafayette Jefferson’s Brooks Barnhizer, Silver Creek’s Trey Kaufman, South Ben St. Joe’s J.R. Konieczny, Evansville Ritz’s Khristian Lander and Merrillville’s Keon Thompson.
“It’s a huge honor to recognized as a junior All-Star in the state of Indiana,” Furst said. To have three All-Stars in Fort Wayne is really a testament to the level of talent as well as the level of coaching that is here; as coaches fo an excellent job of developing their players.”
Joining Furst when the All-Stars play with the North group will be Homestead’s Luke Goode and Snider’s Michael Eley. Goode averaged 17.6 points per game while Eley posted 21.2 points per game for Class 4A Sectional champion Snider.
The opportunity gets more special for Goode getting to play with longtime close friend Furst. The pair have also been part of the Indy Heat team together, playing together last summer and the upcoming summer season.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to compete with the best players in the biggest basketball state,” Goode said. “I’ve been playing with Caleb since second grade, so to be able to play in this game with him will be really cool.”
Fort Wayne native Jalen Blackmon, who plays at Marion, is also part of the ‘red’ group that represents the North half of the state.