The Kentucky All-Stars boys' basketball team is made up mostly of high-profile players, including Mr. Basketball Nathan Dieudonne of state champ Trinity, and Mr. Basketball finalists Matt Day of Buckhorn, Tamron Manning of Scott County, Mekale McKay of Moore and Adam Wing of Rowan County.
But the all-stars' roster, which was announced Monday, also has a couple of names that may not be familiar to a lot of fans: Mike Terry of Fairview and Twin Lancaster of Logan County.
Jason Booher of Holmes, who will coach the Kentucky All-Stars, said he didn't know anything about Terry or Lancaster, either, before he saw them excel in tryouts at Georgetown College a couple of weeks ago.
The 6-foot-7 Terry caught Booher's eye "as a player with length who can come off screens and shoot the ball with a hand in his face."
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The 6-4 Lancaster earned notice with his defense. "He really gets up into you and makes your life miserable," Booher said. "That's the reason he made the team."
Booher said defense will be the calling card for this group of Kentucky All-Stars.
"Indiana is loaded again and it'll take our best effort to beat them. We were looking for guys who are really good defensively.
"We've got scorers and we need them, but defense is where we've got to win it."
Booher said he was also looking for guys who play hard, and Clark County guard Bopper Stenzel fit that description.
The 11th Region has two players on the squad: Manning, who led Scott County to a state runner-up finish, and Jay Johnson of Woodford County, who came on strong in the second half of the season after recovering from knee surgery.
McKay's availability for the all-star games is up in the air. The Moore standout has signed to play football at Arkansas, and he may have to report to Fayetteville to start class before the all-stars begin practice in early June.
Kentucky will play Indiana on June 8 in Freedom Hall in Louisville, and June 9 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.