BALENTINE NAMED INDIANA ALL-STAR

KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo High School senior D.J. Balentine was named to the 2012 Indiana All-Star boys basketball team and will compete in the annual two-game series against the Kentucky All-Stars. Balentine joins Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris on the prestigious squad (for the complete list of Indiana all-stars, visit the Sports Journal website).

Balentine, a University of Evansville recruit, leaves Kokomo as the third leading scorer in school history with 1,280 career points. Only 1962 Indiana All-Star Jim “Goose” Ligon (1,900) and 1959 Mr. Basketball Jimmy Rayl (1,632) top Balentine in Wildkat points.

After leading the Kats to the Class 4A state championship game as a junior, Balentine led the Kats this past season to a Sweet Sixteen appearance before being eliminated by Carmel, who went on to win the state title. Balentine averaged 18.2 points and four rebounds per game as a senior. He also dished 63 assists and grabbed 38 steals.

The Kentucky game will be played in Louisville on June 8 and the Indiana game will be in Indianapolis on June 9.

2012 INDIANA ALL-STAR TEAM

Player (high school), college choice

Gary Harris (Hamilton SE) – Mr. Basketball, Michigan State

D.J. Balentine (Kokomo), Evansville

Yogi Ferrell (Park Tudor), Indiana

Kellen Dunham (Pendleton Heights), Butler

Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple), Indiana

Austin Burgett (Avon), Notre Dame

Jeremy Holloway (Lawrence Central), Indiana

Ronnie Johnson (Indianapolis North Central), Purdue

Patrick Ingram (Indianapolis North Central), Iowa

R.J. Hunter (Pike), Georgia State

Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central), Michigan

DeJuan Marrero (Gary Bowman Academy), DePaul

Nick Osborne (Muncie Central), Loyola of Chicago

INDIANA ALL-STARS FROM KOKOMO HS

1939 Neil Hercules

1940 Chet Gabriel

1941 Carl Campbell

1942 Jack Turner

1944 Gene Turner

1945 Tom Schwartz

1946 Maurice Conwell

1952 Junior Phipps

1955 Jim Butcher

1956 Paul Conwell

1959 Jimmy Rayl

1961 Rich Scott

1961 Ron Hughes

1962 Jim “Goose” Ligon

1988 Brian Hogan

1996 Lee Coomler

2012 D.J. Balentine

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