Judge, Gustin earn IBCA postseason honors


A pair of boys basketball players from South Madison County were recognized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association on Friday as members of the all-state basketball team.

Lapel’s Bode Judge Jr. was named Underclass Small School All-State, while Pendleton Heights’ Josiah Gustin was named Senior All-State honorable mention.

Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass boys basketball players earned IBCA/Franciscan Health “Supreme 15” All-State honors for 2023-24.

The IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass).

The “Supreme 15” is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades — the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.

In addition, 90 more seniors and 90 more underclass players were selected honorable mention all-state. The honorable mention laurels are awarded without regard to school size. In total, 270 players — 135 seniors and 135 underclass players — were recognized on the 2024 IBCA boys’ basketball All-State teams.

Judge helped the Bulldogs to an 18-6 record. After an 0-4 start to the season, Lapel reeled off wins in 18 of their next 19 games until a sectional loss to state finalist Wapahani.

Judge was second on the team in points scored (15.1) and first in rebounds per game (6.1).

He had a pair of double-doubles on the season and broke the 20-point mark six times while shooting 56% on the year.

To earn senior honorable mention, Gustin led the Arabians in a trio of categories. He was the team’s top scorer (14.9 ppg), the top rebounder (6.9) and the top shot blocker (1.3). He added 2.1 assists per game which was second best on the team.

His 1.3 blocks per game and his team-high seven double-doubles were each tied for the best mark in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. He was second in the conference in rebounds per game.

Along with all-state honorable mention, the Marian University commit was named All-HHC to add to his postseason awards. During the season he became the 10th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark.

Those voted to the 2024 IBCA/Franciscan Health Supreme 15 Senior boys’ team are, listed alphabetically: Isaac Andrews, Wapahani; Jack Benter, Brownstown Central; Flory Bidunga, Kokomo; Kobi Bowles, Lawrence North; Trey Buchanan, Westfield; Micah Davis, Franklin Community; Aaron Fine, Noblesville; Keenan Garner, Fishers; Evan Haywood, Brebeuf Jesuit; Jevon Lewis, Fort Wayne Wayne; Malachi McNair, Evansville Harrison; Tyler Parrish, Chesterton; Ron Rutland III, Indianapolis Attucks; Jacob Smith, Lake Central; and K.J. Windham, Ben Davis.

Those voted to the 2024 IBCA/Franciscan Health Supreme 15 Underclass boys’ team are listed alphabetically: Dezmon Briscoe, Indianapolis Attucks; Damien King, Anderson; Brady Koehler, Indianapolis Cathedral; Chase Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph; Dominique Murphy, East Chicago Central; Kellen Pickett, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Steven Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Azavier Robinson, Lawrence North; Tre Singleton, Jeffersonville; Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills; Jack Smiley, Valparaiso; Jaymen Townsend, Marion; and Mark Zackery IV, Ben Davis.

The IBCA/Franciscan Health All-State teams are selected through a process organized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and presented by Franciscan Health Sports Medicine.

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