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Byrd keeps busy

Russell Byrd's basketball career for Blackhawk Christian may be finished, but now he's trying to decide which games to hit on the all-star circuit.

Fresh off being named second-team All-State by the Associated Press -- an honor he was informed of when I called for a comment -- Byrd is trying to plan the rest of his spring slate.

Per NCAA rules, he can play in two all-star games before graduating. One of them won't be the Indiana Basketball News All-Star game Saturday, he said Friday night.

Instead, he said he'll play in the annual North-South Indiana All-Star Classic on April 18 at Oak Hill, near Marion. He anticipates playing in the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic on April 24. There's also the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic as an option, he said.

He'd like to land a on Indiana's All Stars to play against Kentucky in mid-June. But that won't happen unless he secures a roster spot. He gets that chance Sunday after being invited to the Top 60 workout at Marian University in Indianapolis.

"I'm going to be real busy," Byrd said. "It's going to be crazy. Plus, on top of that, I'm playing golf. So I'm going to be very busy. Along with that, just keeping working out to get bigger, stronger and faster for next year (at Michigan State)."

Byrd is coming off a senior season in which he averaged 23 points and 10.1 rebounds, both increases from his junior season when he was honorable mention all-state. He helped guide the Braves to the regional championship game.

No wonder he called his senior year "great."

"I don't think anybody thought we'd make it that far," he said. "After last year, we lost one good player, our senior, and we really didn't have much varsity experience besides that. For us to go as far as we did was pretty awesome for our team. We really enjoyed doing it together."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.