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Seven local boys earn IBCA Academic All-State honors

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association recently announced its 2020 Boys Basketball Academic All-State.  There are 39 first-team selections and 188 honorable mention selections. Locals earning the honor include:


  • TJ Manifold of Rising Sun


  • Colt Meyer of Batesville
  • Jacob Brown of Connersville
  • Clay Garrison of Connersville
  • Andrew Rennekamp of Lawrenceburg
  • Matt Riehle of Milan
  • Carter Wade of Milan

Girls honorees are in a different article.

The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.

“The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities,” IBCA executive Director Steve Witty said. “Rather, in many cases, a player’s success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.”

IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class, an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT composite score of 24.

Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.

Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches at the annual IBCA Clinic on April 24-25 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.

The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys since 1973. The program was expanded to include a girls’ Academic All-State team in 1980.

We thank Pat McKee for the Academic All-State information.

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