Five local boys’ basketball players were recently tabbed to all-conference teams.
A pair of Gibson Southern players landed were honorable mention selections in the Pocket Athletic Conference, while a trio of Princeton Community players was named to the final Big Eight Conference team.
For the Titans, top scorers Mitch Spindler and Aidan Neel were selected — both are seniors.
Spindler led the Titans in scoring and rebounding with 10.0 points and 5.6 boards per game. The undersized post player also drew an area-best 14 charges on the season.
Neel was one of the Titan’s scoring threats from the outside. The southpaw connected on an area-best 39 triples for the season as he finished with a 34.2 shooting percentage from distance.
Neel also led the Titans in assists (55), steals (30) and blocked shots (7).
For the Tigers, juniors Jurrien Ballard, Dominic Hardiman and Rhett Thompson all were named to the Big Eight Conference team.
The trio of players all averaged in double figures.
Thompson led the way with an area-best 12.8 points per game in his first starting role in a Tigers’ uniform.
Despite missing seven games with a broken left wrist, Ballard tallied 12.3 points per game to go along with 4.0 boards, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. His average in steals and assists led the team.
Ballard, who was the only Tigers’ returning starter from last season’s sectional championship team, was also one of 93 players named to the IBCA Underclassman All-state list as an honorable mention selection.
Hardiman who played his first season in a varsity role netted 10.5 points and 3.7 boards per game. His 51 assists and 37 steals led the Tigers.
All five all-conference performers were also named to the Daily Clarion All-Area team.
A sixth local player nearly picked up all-conference honors. Wood Memorial’s Griffin Parke — also named to the DC All-Area Team — finished 13th in voting in the Blue Chip Conference. In a new format this season, only the top 12 vote-getters were named to the all-conference team instead of having both a first-team and honorable mention selections.
Parke led the Trojans in scoring with 10.7 points on the season.