Area players honored as Academic All-State

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Plymouth High School boys basketball players and one Bremen player were named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s annual Academic All-State Honorable Mention list.
Plymouth seniors Ryan McNeil and John Ruff and Bremen senior Mitch Huppert were all given the IBCA distinction Monday, while North Judson’s John Eckert was named to the first team list.
In all, 57 seniors across the state were chosen for first team Academic All-State honors, while an additional 146 boys and 148 girls were selected for the honorable mention distinction.
In determining the Academic All-State lists, the IBCA considers both academic and athletic prowess. Grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are looked at along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game and shooting percentage.
IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent, an SAT score of 1,500 or an ACT score of 23.
Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.
Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches at the IBCA Spring Clinic on April 27-28 in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players in May.
The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys since 1973. The program was expanded to include a girls’ Academic All-State team in 1980.