Six area players invited to Underclass Showcase


By Brady Extin | The Times-Post

MADISON COUNTY — Six area high school basketball players have been invited to participate in the 21st Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/IHSAA Top 100 Underclass Showcase.

The girls showcase will take place June 15 at Ben Davis High School. The boys showcase is scheduled for June 17 at Brownsburg High School.

Staged by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association with support from the Indiana High School Athletic Association and presented by Ballogy, the Underclass Showcase events are designed to give exposure to about 240 of the top basketball prospects from across the state (120 boys, 120 girls) to colleges across the state and country.

Lapel’s Maddy Poynter and Laniah Wills and Pendleton Heights’ Kaycie Warfel have been selected for the girls workout. Lapel’s Bode and Brode Judge, and Pendleton Heights’ Josiah Gustin have been invited for the boys showcase.

The 2023 Girls Showcase will be conducted in one session. It will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until about 4:30 p.m. The 2023 Boys Showcase will be conducted in two sessions — the first session starts at 10 a.m. and runs until about 1:45 p.m. and the second session starts at 2 p.m. and runs until about 5:45 p.m.

Both Showcase events will take place during the NCAA’s “scholastic viewing period,” which allows coaches from NCAA Division I programs to attend in person.

Pendleton Heights head coach Adam Ballard and retired Lapel head coach Jimmie Howell will be coaches for the sessions in Brownsburg.

The Showcase events are open to the public. Admission is $5 per person per day for spectators. IBCA-member coaches will be admitted at no charge by showing their IBCA membership card.

The girls agenda includes 30-minute scrimmage sessions scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Session 1 for the boys will have scrimmages from 11:42 a.m. until 1:12 p.m. The second session scrimmages will run from 3:42 p.m. to 5:12 p.m.

Gustin is in Session 1, and the Judge brothers are in Session 2.

Gustin and Poynter were juniors last season, Brode, Bode, and Warfel were sophomores, and Wills was a freshman.

Poynter and Wills played big roles on Lapel’s state runner-up team this past season.

The duo were the team’s top two scorers. Wills averaged 15.8 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Poynter averaged 11.5 points.

Warfel was the Arabians leading scorer. She averaged 20.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 steals a game.

For the boys, Brode and Bode Judge were the top two scorers for Lapel. Brode averaged 14 points, and Bode averaged 10.5. Gustin led the Arabians in scoring with 13.3 points per game, and added 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

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