Boys Varsity Basketball
Columbus North seniors Trenton Kelley and Patrick McKinley have been named honorable mention Academic All-State in boys basketball by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
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 and assists per game.
"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."
Kelley, a 6-5 forward, averaged 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in helping the Bull Dogs’ boys basketball team to a 16-8 season in 2018-19. He previously was named Academic All-State in football. He also has been selected to receive a 2019 Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation central Indiana chapter.
McKinley, a 6-3 forward, contributed 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds to the CN basketball squad.
For 2019, 39 boys basketball players and 37 girls basketball players from across the state were named first-team Academic All-State. In addition, 203 boys and 179 girls were named honorable mention Academic All-State.
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 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT score of 24.
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. Certificates will be distributed to coaches at the annual IBCA Clinic on April 26-27 at Lawrence North High School 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.
No girls from Columbus North were on the Academic All-State lists for 2019.