The Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series tips in Indianapolis on Saturday night. Return games for both the boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Frankfort.
Twelve boys from across the state were selected after tryouts in Campbellsville on April 22. Those young men are tasked with ending a 16-game losing streak to their Indiana counterparts dating to 2008.
Wayne County’s Rodney Woods will coach the Kentucky All-Star boys with Scott Chalk (Paul Laurence Dunbar), James Brewer (Bardstown), Jack Baker (Wayne County) and Landry Woods (Scott County) assisting.
Let’s get to know the dozen boys who will represent Kentucky:
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James Baker, Meade County
2017 PPG: 15.8
College: Morehead State
Claims to fame: All-State honorable mention led the Green Wave to their second Sweet Sixteen appearance after returning from a hand injury as the postseason got underway. Meade County entered the 100th edition of the state tournament with 21 losses, the most ever by any school.
DeAndre “Pedro” Bradshaw, Russellville
2017 PPG: 22.5
Claims to fame: Passed his head coach, Phil Todd, as the Panthers’ all-time leading rebounder. Averaged a double-double during his junior and senior years. First-team All-State selection this season helped Russellville achieve its first 20-win campaign since 2008-09.
Peyton Broughton, North Laurel
2017 PPG: 30.8
College: Eastern Kentucky
Claims to fame: Finished with 3,141 career points, the 21st-most in state history. Two-time All-State selection (first team this year) shot better than 55 percent from the floor as a junior and senior.
Lukas Burkman, Trinity
2017 PPG: 12.4
Claims to fame: Hit a game-winning shot against eventual state runner-up Cooper during the King of the Bluegrass event. Helped lead the Shamrocks to the state tournament in 2016. Connected on nearly 50 percent of his three-point attempts.
Tim Dalton, Lawrence County
2017 PPG: 37.4
Post-high school prep: Believe Sports Academy
Claims to fame: Had one of the state’s highest-scoring seasons in the last 40 years and led the nation with 37.4 points per game. Etched his name high in several record categories, including points in a season (fourth), career free-throw attempts (first) and career field goals (second). Helped lead the Bulldogs to their first state tournament in 2016.
Taveion Hollingsworth, Paul Laurence Dunbar
2017 PPG: 28.3
College: Western Kentucky
Claims to fame: This year’s Mr. Basketball finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Lexington basketball history, ending with 2,495 points. He was named Sweet Sixteen MVP as a junior after leading Dunbar to its first state title.
Kel Livers, Bardstown
2017 PPG: 23.6
Claims to fame: Nearly doubled his scoring average between his junior and senior seasons while improving his shot percentage from behind the three-point arc from 35.8 to 45.3. Was part of three 19th District championship squads.
Sean McNeil, Cooper
2017 PPG: 17.0
Claims to fame: Led the Jaguars in scoring for three straight seasons. He returned from a midseason knee injury to help Cooper to its first Sweet Sixteen, where it eventually fell in the finals. Was named Division I Player of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Boys Basketball Coaches Association.
Jake Ohmer, Scott
2017 PPG: 27.8
College: Western Kentucky
Claims to fame: Became a household name and earned his only Division I scholarship offer from WKU after a riveting run to the Sweet Sixteen semifinals. Hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to upset Campbell County in the 10th Region finals.
Clivonte Patterson, Ballard
2017 PPG: 17.2
Claims to fame: All-State honorable mention led the Bruins to their third Sweet Sixteen trip in the last five seasons. Was selected as the 7th Region Player of the Year and nearly averaged a double-double (9.7 rebounds) while shooting 51.6 percent.
Terry Taylor, Bowling Green
2017 PPG: 17.4
College: Austin Peay
Claims to fame: Played in four Sweet Sixteens, capping his career by leading the Purples to their first state championship. The co-4th Region Player of the Year finished as the 17th leading scorer in Sweet Sixteen history.
Chris Vogt, Graves County
2017 PPG: 16.8
College: Northern Kentucky
Claims to fame: Owns the single-game record for blocks (17) and blocked 190 shots as a junior, which at the time was the most in a single season. His 330 blocked shots over his career are 10th all-time.
Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic
What: Annual All-Star basketball series pitting Kentucky’s best seniors against Indiana’s best seniors. Girls’ games played first followed by a boys’ game each day. Proceeds from the Kentucky games benefit the Kentucky Lion’s Eye Foundation.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; Frankfort Convention Center
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 (Indianapolis); 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 (Frankfort)