Johnson, Vinson Look to Lead Kentucky All-Star Roster Against Indiana’s Best

The 2021 Kentucky Boys’ All-Stars are on a mission to not allow their Indiana counterparts to get their 100th win in the series when the series picks back up tonight after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 series.

Indiana currently holds a record of 99-44 in the series including a sweep of both games in 2019.

Kentucky will be led by Mr. Basketball Ben Johnson out of Lexington Catholic and is coached by David Henley of Eastern High School and Scott Ruthsatz out of Covington Catholic High School.

The 12-player roster for the Kentucky All-Stars will see a tipoff for their game tonight in the Owensboro Sportscenter at 8 p.m. CDT and then at 7 p.m. CDT on Saturday at Southport High School in Indianapolis.

Below is a preview of the Kentucky All-Stars after concluding their respective careers for their high school teams:

Ben Johnson, Lexington Catholic, Mr. Basketball

Johnson is a Bellarmine University signee and had a stellar career at Lexington Catholic tying for fifth in the state with 27.3 points per game during his senior season as the Knights went 20-3 on the season.

Johnson is Lexington Catholic’s all-time leading scorer with 2,349 points and comes from a talented basketball family that saw his older brothers and father all play in college after standout careers at Lexington Catholic.

Johnson is the first Mr. Basketball to ever sign with Bellarmine University, which heads into its second season as a member of NCAA Division I in the 2021-2022 season.

Noah Dumas, McCracken County

Dumas has led his McCracken County High School to Rupp Arena in three of his first four seasons and will return for a second senior season after Senate Bill-128 was passed and approved by the McCracken County School Board.

Dumas led the Mustangs with 15.3 points per game in 2021 and an appearance in the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Highlands 63-53. McCracken County finished with a 23-7 record in 2021.

Jaquias Franklin, Elizabethtown

Franklin led the Panthers to a state runner-up finish after having led the team in scoring the first three games of the tournament with 25, 24 and 19 points, respectively.

Franklin has committed to Southwestern Illinois College, but has recently picked up an offer from Illinois-Chicago. Franklin is a 6-foot point guard that averaged 19.9 points and 5.1 rebounds during his senior campaign.

Jacobi Huddleston, Bowling Green

Huddleston is a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward that averaged 9.2 points and 6rebounds per contest in 2021 and helped the Purples to a 4th Region title victory over rival Greenwood and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena.

Huddleston had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double in Bowling Green’s 85-57 Sweet 1 victory over University Heights Academy.

DaShawn Jackson, Frederick Douglass

Jackson will further his academic and basketball career at Eastern Kentucky University for A.W. Hamilton’s Colonels.

Jackson helped the Broncos to a 19-2 record including a 17-game win streak by averaging over 21 points per game. Douglass’ season came to an abrupt end when Madison Central used a torrid regional tournament shooting performance to take down the Broncos 80-62.

Sekou Kalle, DeSales

Kalle poured in 900 points in his two seasons with the Colts including a 22-point, 15-rebound performance in a 67-63 victory in the 22nd District title game over Western High School.

Kalle averaged a double-double for his senior season including 19 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

Mason Moore, Rowan County

Moore may be a University of Kentucky baseball signee, but he was also a standout on the hardwood for Rowan County Vikings. Moore totaled 2,830 points in his prep career that spanned three years at Rowan County and two at Paintsville.

Moore averaged 19.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest on the court during his senior season before leading the baseball team with a 7-1 record on the mound with a 1.78 ERA and a .410 batting average.

Ayden Mudd, St. Xavier

Mudd will join Johnson at Bellarmine University in the fall. A 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward, Mudd led the Tigers to a 19-7 record and an appearance in the 7th Region tournament.

Mudd averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest in the 17 games he played in this season.

Devin Perry, DeSales

Perry has committed to West Virginia State University after having led DeSales with 19.7 points per game in his only season with the Colts.

Perry’s 24 points and nine rebounds were nearly enough to lead the Colts past Bullitt East before eventually falling to the Chargers 62-58 in the semifinals of the 6th Region tournament.

Cameron Pope, Male

A Jacksonville State University signee, Pope is a 5-foot-11 guard that averaged 14.4 points in just nine games this season.

Pope had 16 points and eight rebounds in Male’s 7th Region semifinal loss to DuPont Manual by a 68-62 score in overtime.

Sam Vinson, Highlands

Vinson will be making the short trip from Fort Thomas to Highland Heights to continue his career at Northern Kentucky University in the fall after leading the Bluebirds to their first basketball state championship.

Vinson was named the 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky after closing out the 2021 season with 21 consecutive wins including a 79-60 victory over Elizabethtown in the Sweet 16 finals at Rupp Arena. Vinson culminated his career with a 20-point, 14-rebound performance in the state finals.

Vinson averaged 22.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior and totaled 1,791 points at Highlands with 1,549 coming in his final two seasons. Vinson also scooped up 674 rebounds during his career.

Darius Washington, Fern Creek

Washington committed to the University of New Orleans on April 18 after leading Fern Creek to a 12-7 record in 2021.

Washington averaged over 11 points per game for the Tigers as a senior and 9.1 per game as a junior.

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