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 HS1939 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