2017-18 News-Sentinel.com All-Area Boys Prep Hoops
In association with our 2017-2018 News-Sentinel.com Boys Basketball Player of the Year, we are proud to announced our 16 player All-Area team. This year’s team consists of seven seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and one freshman
The News-Sentinel All-Area basketball team is voted on by members of the News-Sentinel.com sports staff. Here are the 16 players who are part of this year’s team:
JALAN MULL, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN SENIOR
Headed to Saint Francis next season, Mull pulled out a sensational senior season, scoring 24 points in a semistate loss to Southwood, ending the year at 13.9 points per game for the 26-3 Braves and earning an All-Area spot for the second straight season. Better than just scoring, Mull created for those around him, with 7.6 assists and 4.7 steals per contest, becoming the school’s all-time leader in steals and second on the career assist list in just two seasons. He had the two area high marks in single game assists this season with 13 against Liberty Christian and 12 against Homestead. Mull hit 40 percent of his three pointers this season, putting him fourth all-time at Blackhawk in three-point shooting percentage for his career.
ASHER BLUM, SOUTH SIDE SENIOR
As similar as things looked to be at South Side, it was a season of change with a new head coach and the addition of Warsaw transfer Blum. He experienced a few early growing pains moving into the Summit Athletic Conference, but Blum blossomed quickly, leading the team in scoring (13.7 point per game) and rebounding (5.9). Some of his best performances came down the stretch of the regular season where he scored 20-plus points three times in eight days with 27 against Wayne, 28 against Snider and then 21 against Lawrence North in February. Blum was named All-SAC First Team.
AUSTIN BOUCHER, NORTH SIDE SENIOR
Shooting the ball at 47 percent from the field, Boucher was one of the best overall shooters in the area this season. He hit 55 percent of his two point shots and 40 percent of his threes, coming up especially clutch during the SAC Holiday Tournament where he scored 27 points against South Side. Sharing point guard duties for the Legends, he also racked up 99 assists (3.8 per game). Boucher was also a part of the All-Area team as a sophomore at South Side. He was named All-SAC First Team this season.
JEREMY DAVISON, LEO SENIOR
One of the area’s toughest spot up shooters, Davison knocked down 43.2 percent of his three pointers on his way to averaging 19.2 points per game for the Lions. Always needed on the court for Leo, Davison played in an averaged of 31.2 out of 32 minutes per game, also racking up a team best 97 assists and 48 steals. Davison was third on the team in rebounding with 4.36 per game. He was the only Lion named All-NE8 First Team and the first All-Area player from Leo since Dylan Barrow in 2016.
ONYE EZEAKUDO, HOMESTEAD SENIOR
Stepping into the primary playmaker role for his senior season, Ezeakudo helped lead Homestead back to a SAC regular season title game and a Sectional title in what many projected to be a down year for the program. Ezeakudo averaged 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He was named All-SAC First Team and IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
JAMES GARDNER, NEW HAVEN SENIOR
Becoming the first member of the All-Area team from New Haven since the late Steve McElvene in 2014, Gardner did so by filling a variety of roles for the Northeast 8 runner up Bulldogs. Gardner was no world beater in any one statistical category, but very good in many, often making himself the most dangerous player on the court. While scoring 8.7 points per game (third on the team), Gardner led the team per game in rebounding (7), assists (6.4) and steals (2.5), while still being second on the team in blocked shots per game (1.2) as a guard. He was named All-Northeast 8 First Team.
RILEY PERLICH, CARROLL SENIOR
It can be difficult to set a criteria when picking All-Area players from the balanced SAC champion Carroll Chargers, but Perlich became one of the standout players due to his tenacity. An undersized post, Perlich found his way out onto the perimeter and into the midrange more as a senior, hitting 45 percent of his three pointers, 66 percent of his two pointers and 85 percent of his free throws. Perlich’s 9.6 points per game was second on the team to go with a 3.8 rebounds per contest. He was named All-SAC Second Team.
ALI ALI, EAST NOBLE JUNIOR
Pushing East Noble to their first outright conference title in 18 years, Ali became a household name for area prep hoops for showing off his athletic versatility. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game as the Knights went 21-3. Ali barely left any game, averaging 29.8 minutes per game and was named All-NE8 First Team. Along with teammate Hayden Jones, Ali is the first ever East Noble player named All-Area. On March 21, Ali was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star North team.
KEION BROOKS JR., NORTH SIDE JUNIOR
Brooks pushed a record breaking path during his third year, becoming North Side’s single game scoring leader on December 15 when he scored 52 points in a win over Snider. By season’s end, he used his 573 points (22.9 per game) to climb into second on the school’s all-time scoring list. Brooks grabbed a team high 9.6 rebounds, also leading the team in blocks with 1.7 per game and third in assists at 2.5 per game. In his third year on the News-Sentinel.com All-Area team, Brooks was also named All-SAC First Team. On March 21, Brooks was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star core team.
FRANKIE DAVIDSON, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN JUNIOR
Davidson’s shooting touch, especially from the corner, became a hallmark of the best Blackhawk Christian team in history. Davidson shot 49 percent from three point range while hitting 80 shots from deep. He averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He scored a season high 29 points in the season opener against Liberty Christian.
DAN MCKEEMAN, CARROLL JUNIOR
McKeeman led the SAC champion Chargers with 12.2 points per game, transitioning to be just as much of a threat driving to the basket as he as been shooting the ball in previous seasons. McKeeman also averaged 2.2 assists per game. He hit a team high 45 three pointers and shot a team best 89 percent from the foul line, missing just six free throws all season. McKeeman was named to the All-SAC Second Team.
CRAIG YOUNG, WAYNE JUNIOR
Continuing in his fantastically athletic ways, Young repeats on the All-Area team after averaging a team high 17.4 points per game for the energy-filled Generals. Young was one of the area’s best rim protectors and a danger in the transition game. He also led Wayne in rebounding (7.5 per game) and was third in assists (1.6 per game) while being named All-SAC First Team. On March 21, Young was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star North team.
WILL GEIGER, NORWELL SOPHOMORE
Geiger’s impact continues to be monumental for Norwell, averaging 21.1 of the team’s 51.2 point per game during his sophomore season. Geiger scored 30-plus points no less than three times, putting up 34 points and 17 rebounds against Bishop Luers and 33 points and 19 rebounds against Eastbrook. His 19 rebound outing was the area’s single game best this season. Geiger pulled down 9.8 rebounds per game and 1.8 steals per contest. One of the most impressive things of his 506 point total was that he hit just six three-pointers. The first Norwell player named All-Area since Josh VanMeter in 2013, Geiger was named All-NE8 First Team.
HAYDEN JONES, EAST NOBLE SOPHOMORE
Jones established himself as one of the best passers in the area with six assists per game for the 21-3 Northeast 8 Conference champions. He dished out a season high 11 assists on December 12 in a win over Churubusco, but hit 8 or 9 assists on seven other occasions. Jones also averaged 14.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He book ended his season with his best two scoring outings with 27 in the season opener against West Noble and 25 in the Sectional semifinal loss to Carroll. He was named All-NE8 First Team. Along with teammate Ali Ali, Jones is the first East Noble player ever named All-Area.
CHARLIE YODER, WESTVIEW SOPHOMORE
Yoder burst onto the scene this year, leading Westview to a 28-2 record, a Regional title and a NECC Tournament title. The son of Warrior head coach Rob, Charlie averaged 16.5 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and just under two steals per game, all team highs. Yoder also hit the most three pointers and most free throws for the Warriors this season and was named All-NECC First Team. Yoder was the first Westview player named All-Area history since the honoree was officially first bestowed in 2001.
CALEB FURST, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN FRESHMAN
Kicking off his high school career, Furst morphed into one of the best players in the area by the time his first campaign was over. He was second on the team in scoring (14 points per game) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Furst made arguably his biggest impact during the Regional round when he scored 32 points and set a school record by going 16-of-16 from the foul line in a 100-62 win over Gary 21st Century in the title game.