36 boys, 39 girls receive top honor; 355 additional players cited as Honorable Mention
Seventy-five Indiana high school seniors — 36 boys and 39 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Wednesday (March 7). Among those was Blackford’s own JD Hoover. He was represents the lone CIC member on the squad.
In addition, 181 more boys and 174 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2018, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
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,” 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 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 IBCA Spring Clinic on April 20-21 in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.
Athletic Director Tony Uggen shared, “We are certainly proud of JD being honored. He represented us well on the court and this proves that he did the same in the classroom. It’s quite the honor.”
His parents are Don and Lea Ila Hoover of Hartford City.
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.