Boys Varsity Basketball
Two Columbus North basketball players have received Academic All-State honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Senior Paige Littrell was selected IBCA first-team Academic All-State for the girls. Littrell carries a 4.12 grade-point average and previously was named first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. Littrell also was named winner of the IHSAA’s Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award at the girls’ basketball State Finals.
Classmate Mitchell Kelley was chosen IBCA honorable mention Academic All-State for the boys. Kelley has a 4.18 GPA and last month he was picked as a top football Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation’s Central Indiana chapter.
In total, the IBCA recognized 36 boys and 36 girls as first-team Academic All-State selections. In addition, the IBCA cited 172 more boys and 142 more girls as honorable mention Academic All-State.
The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game and shooting percentage.
"The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," IBCA executive director Steve Witty said. "Rather, in many cases, a player's success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor."
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 of one's class, an SAT score of 1,000 (on the reading and math sections) 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 22-23 in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.
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.