Monday, April 10, 2017 6:10 pm
Three area boys, coach named Indiana All-Stars
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
Three players and a coach will represent Northeast Indiana on the 2017 IndyStar Indiana All-Stars roster released Monday.
Snider's Malik Williams, North Side's Jaylen Butz and Warsaw's Kyle Mangas were voted to the 13-player squad and Carroll coach Marty Beasley was selected as the head coach.
All three players were Junior All-Stars last year.
The All-Stars will face the Junior All-Stars on June 6 at New Albany and June 8 at Plainfield and then the Kentucky All-Stars at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 11 at Central Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Williams, a 7-foot center and Louisville recruit, averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4 blocks. He's one of four finalists for Mr. Basketball and is the is the first Indiana All-Star for the Panthers boys basketball program.
"All three very talented obviously," Beasley said of the local players. "Malik is a difference maker in his size, length and athleticism. He can play, inside, outside, he's going to be very versatile for us."
Butz, a 6-10 forward and DePaul recruit, helped the Legends to a Class 4A runner-up finish at state, averaging 17.2 points and 12.6 rebounds.
"I thought Jaylen had a great year for North Side," Beasley said. "He had a very good physical presence, put some weight on, really, really good on the offensive glass and rebounding and he attacks the rim. I love his ability to make an outlet. He's really good at rebounding and can run the court. Those two guys are 6-10 and 7-foot that can run the glass."
Mangas, a 6-3 guard and Indiana Wesleyan recruit, averaged 22.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists while helping the Tigers to a sectional championship. He is the first All-Star from the Warsaw program since Nic Moore in 2011.
"Mangas is one of the toughest kids we've played all year," Beasley said. "His ball toughness, his ability to make plays and finish around the rim, over people that are bigger than him and I think his basketball IQ is really high."
Beasley is 177-107 in 12 seasons with the Chargers. He was an assistant coach under current Huntington North coach Craig Teague for the Junior All-Stars in 2009.
"Very, very honored, humbled, excited," he said. "It's something that you don't necessarily work for in terms of daily life in terms of your team. You work on getting your team as good as they can be and this is something that comes along with it. You're honored by your peers. Very humbling to be a part of it with the selection of kids this year."
He will be joined on the coaching staff by Connersville's Kerry Brown and Culver Academy's Mark Galloway.