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20 Local Boys, 12 Girls Earn IBCA Academic All-State Honors

Seventy-two Indiana high school seniors — 37 boys and 35 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State for 2021 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced in this release by the IBCA Wednesday.  In addition, 263 more boys and 267 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2021, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said. All together, 602 players received some level of recognition on this year’s IBCA Academic All-State program.
The IBCA Academic All-State program is one where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. In most years, college board scores also are considered. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students not taking the SAT or ACT and some colleges not requiring those results, the IBCA waived its previous college board requirements.
IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their senior student-athletes who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class. Traditionally, the IBCA has required an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT composite score of 24 on the college boards, but, as mentioned earlier, those requirements were waived this year.

Local athletes earning the honor from our coverage schools include…

Boys’ 1st Team Academic All-State:

  • Landon Cole of Rising Sun
  • Cody Samples of South Ripley

Girls’ 1st Team Academic All-State:

  • Taylor Cooney of Greensburg

Those receiving Academic All-State Honorable Mention honors follow.

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