PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Blackhawk’s Furst wins Indiana Mr. Basketball | Sports activities

The following is a press release from the Coaches Association.

Caleb Furst received the Indiana High School Boys’ highest individual basketball award.

Furst, a 6-10-year-old Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian forward, was named IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball in 2021. it was announced Friday (April 16).

The result of Mr. Basketball allows Furst to join Lawrence North senior Jayla Smith to wear the No. 1 jerseys for the Indiana All-Stars in her annual streak with Kentucky. Smith’s selection as Indiana Miss Basketball 2021 following a vote by media and girls’ varsity coaches was announced last month.

The Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball Awards go to the ’s top boys basketball seniors and top girls basketball seniors, respectively. The Mr. Basketball Award is part of the IndyStar Indiana All-Star Program from 1939. The Miss Basketball Award was added to the All-Star Program in 1976 along with the girls’ All-Stars.

The rest of the 2021 Boys All-Star is slated to be announced next week. The entire 2021 Girls All-Star team was also announced last month.

Fürst received the boys’ highest honor after being named on 73 ballot papers submitted to Broughton in late March and early April. Silver Creek’s Trey Kaufman-Renn finished second in the vote with 47 votes. Luke Brown from Blackford took third place with 40 votes. Other finalists were Brooks Barnhizer from Lafayette Jeff, Shamar Avance from Lawrence North and JR Konieczny from South Bend St. Joseph.

As a senior recruit at Purdue University, Furst averaged 21.4 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks while leading Blackhawk Christian to a 28-3 season that included the State Class 2A Championship included. He converted 64.0 percent into field goals (260 of 406) and 84.2 percent into free throws (133 of 158) as the Braves captured their second state crown in three seasons. They also won the Class A trophy in 2019, and no title was determined in 2020 due to the -19 pandemic that stopped the tournament after the section game.

For his career, Furst set a school record of 2,067 points, 1,254 rebounds and 213 blocked shots, while Blackhawk Christian set an overall record of 105-11 in his four seasons (26-3, 28-2, 23-3 and 28-3). . He averaged 18.7 points and 8.9 rebounds in the second year and followed as a junior with norms of 22.1 points and 13.4 rebounds. Furst is the first Mr. Basketball winner and the second player to become an Indiana All-Star from school. He joined Russell Byrd in 2010.

Fürst is also the 12th Mr. Basketball recipient – but only the second in the last 30 years – to go to Purdue. He joins Joe Sexson (1952), Willie Eison (1955), Dennis Brady (1964), Billy Keller (1965), Rick Mount (1966), Kyle Macy (1975), Dan Palombizio (1981) and Troy Lewis (1984) at. Woody Austin (1988), Glenn Robinson (1991) and Caleb Swanigan (2015) as Mr. Basketball winners who joined the Boilermakers.

In the vote announced on March 19, Smith won the Indiana Miss Basketball Award for 2021 after receiving 28 votes in the vote in late February and early March. Heritage Christian’s Ariana Wiggins came second with 22 votes. Ally Becki from Brownsburg came third with 21 votes.

Smith, also a Purdue signatory, averaged 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 4.8 steals to lead Lawrence North to a 19-7 senior record. It came after the 5-11 guard averaged 14.7 points and promoted the Wildcats to the 2020 Class 4A State Championship with a 26-4 record as a junior. Last season, Smith averaged 16.1 points, helping Lawrence North finish second in Class 4A 22-7.

Smith is her school’s first Indiana Miss Basketball Prize winner and the 14th Lawrence North girl to join the All-Star Team. LN girls who had All-Star selected for previous All-Star teams were Kelly Miller (1983), Reicina Russell (2005), Azjah Bass (2007), Felisha Johnson (2008), CoCo Moore (2012), Destiny Washington (2014) and Ana Owens (2014), Lamina Cooper (2015), Lauren Dickerson (2016), Ae’Rianna Harris (2016), Destiny Perkins (2017), Kristian Young (2020) and Katie Davidson (2020).

Lawrence North had 15 boys over the years named as Reed Crafton All-Stars in 1985. The Wildcats had a 2006 Mr. Basketball winner in Greg Oden.

Smith is the 10th Miss Basketball Prize winner to be sent to Purdue. Past Boilermakers winners include Sharon Versyp (1984), Jennifer Jacoby (1991), Stephanie White (1995), Kelly Komara (1998), Katie Gearlds (2003), Jodi Howell (2005), Brittany Rayburn (2008) and Courtney Moses ( 2010) and Karissa McLaughlin (2017).

Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball traditionally wear # 1 Jerseys for the Indiana Boys All-Stars and Indiana Girls All-Stars respectively in the annual Kentucky series. The All-Stars will face the Indiana Junior All-Stars in a double header at Brownsburg High School on June 9th. The All-Stars follow suit with their home-and-home double heads with Kentucky – June 11th at Owensboro SportsCenter in Owensboro, Kentucky, and June 12th at Southport Fieldhouse in .

A list of Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball Award winners follows.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Award winner

1939: George Crowe, Franklin

1940: Ed Shin, Southport

1941: John Bass, Greenwood

1942: Bud Brown, Muncie Burris

1943: not awarded (Second World War)

1944: not awarded (Second World War)


1946: Johnny Wilson, Anderson

1947: Bill Garrett, Shelbyville

1948: Bob Masters, Lafayette Jeff

1949: Dee Monroe, Madison

1950: Pat Klein, Marion

1951: Tom Harrold, Muncie Central

1952: Joe Sexson, Indianapolis Tech

1953: Hallie Bryant, Indianapolis Attucks

1954: Bobby Plump, Milan

1955: Wilson Eison, Gary Roosevelt

1956: Oscar Robertson, Indianapolis Attucks

1957: Joan Coalmon, South Bend Central

1958: Mike McCoy, Fort Wayne South

1959: Jimmy Rayl, Kokomo

1960: Ron Bonham, Muncie Central

1961: Tom VanArsdale, Indianapolis Manual, and Dick VanArsdale, Indianpolis Manual

1962: Larry Humes, Madison

1963: Rick Jones, Muncie Central

1964: Dennis Brady, Lafayette Jeff

1965: Bill Keller, Indianapolis Washington

1966: Rick Mount, Lebanon

1967: Willie Long, Fort Wayne South

1968: Billy Shepherd, Carmel

1969: George McGinnis, Indianapolis Washington

1970: Dave Shepherd, Carmel

1971: Mike Flynn, Jeffersonville

1972: Phil Cox, Connersville

1973: Kent Benson, New Castle

1974: Steve Collier, Southwestern (Hanover) and Roy Taylor, Anderson

1975: Kyle Macy, Peru

1976: Dave Colescott, Marion

1977: Ray Tolbert, Anderson Madison Heights

1978: David Magley, South Bend LaSalle

1979: Steve Bouchie, Washington

1980: Jim Master, Fort Wayne Harding

1981: Dan Palombizio, Michigan City Rogers

1982: Roger Harden, Valparaiso

1983: Steve Alford, New Castle

1984: Delray Brooks, Michigan City Rogers, and Troy Lewis, Anderson

1985: Jeff Grose, Warsaw

1986: Mark Jewell, Lafayette Jeff

1987: Jay Edwards, Marion and Lyndon Jones, Marion

1988: Woody Austin, Richmond

1989: Pat Graham, Floyd Central

1990: Damon Bailey, Bedford North Lawrence

1991: Glenn Robinson, Gary Roosevelt

1992: Charles Macon, Michigan City Elston

1993: Maurice “Kojak” Fuller, Anderson

1994: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

1995: Damon Frierson, Ben Davis

1996: Kevin Ault, Warsaw

1997: Luke Recker, DeKalb

1998: Tom Coverdale, Noblesville

1999: Jason Gardner, North Central

2000: Jared Jeffries, North

2001: Chris Thomas, Pike

2002: Sean May, Bloomington North

2003: Justin Cage, Pike

2004: AJ Ratliff, North Central

2005: Luke Zeller, Washington

2006: Greg Oden, Lawrence North

2007: Eric Gordon, North Central

2008: Tyler Zeller, Washington

2009: Jordan Hulls, Bloomington South

2010: DeShaun Thomas, Bishop of Fort Wayne, Luers

2011: Cody Zeller, Washington

2012: Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern

2013: Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern

2014: Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Tech

2015: Caleb Swanigan, homestead

2016: Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central

2017: Kris Wilkes, North Central

2018: Romeo Langford, New Albany

2019: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove

2020: Anthony Leal, Bloomington South

2021: Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian

Indiana Miss Basketball Award Winner

1976: Judi Warren, Warsaw

1977: Teri Rosinski, Norwell

1978: Chanda Kline, Warsaw

1979: LaTaunya Pollard, East Chicago Roosevelt

1980: Maria Stack, Columbus East

1981: Cheryl Cook, Indianapolis Washington

1982: Trena Keys, Marion

1983: Jody Beerman, heir

1984: Sharon Versyp, Mishawaka

1985: Jodie Whitaker, Austin

1986: Kim Barrier, Jimtown

1987: Lori Meinerding, Fort Wayne Northrop

1988: Vicki Hall, Brebeuf Jesuit

1989: Renee Westmoreland, Scottsburg

1990: Patricia Babcock, Culver Academy

1991: Jennifer Jacoby, Rossville

1992: Marla Inman, Bedford North Lawrence

1993: Abby Conklin, Charlestown

1994: Tiffany Gooden, Fort Wayne Snider

1995: Stephanie White, Seeger

1996: Lisa Winter, Huntington North

1997: Lisa Shepherd, Richmond

1998: Kelly Komara, Lake Central

1999: April McDivitt, Connersville

2000: Sara North, Jeffersonville

2001: Shyra Ely, Ben Davis

2002: Shanna Zolman, Lake Wawa

2003: Katie Gearlds, Beech Grove

2004: Jaclyn Leininger, Warsaw

2005: Jodi Howell, Alexandria

2006: Amber Harris, North Central

2007: Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf Jesuit

2008: Brittany Rayburn, Attica

2009: Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington

2010: Courtney Moses, Oak Hill

2011: Bria Goss, Ben Davis

2012: Jessica Rupright, Norwell

2013: Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg

2014: Whitney Jennings, Logansport

2015: Ali Patberg, Columbus North

2016: Jackie Young, Princeton

2017: Karissa McLaughlin, homestead

2018: Amy Dilk, Carmel

2019: Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence

2020: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern

2021: Jayla Smith, Lawrence North

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