Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 13, 2014

All-Area boys basketball team

Wildkats' Persons is MVP of 51st annual honor squad


Warren was the area’s top free throw shooter at 85.4 percent (41 of 48). He made 4 of 4 attempts in the final :22 of OT to seal Kokomo’s victory over McCutcheon in the sectional final.

Calvin Wheeler, Taylor

Wheeler made the Titans go. The 6-0 senior point guard topped the Titans in scoring (15.3), assists (2.6) and steals (2.3). He shot 51 percent from the field.

“He did a lot of things for us,” Taylor coach Andy Lewman said. “Not only was he expected to score a lot, we often had him playing against the best perimeter player defensively. He had a double duty of carrying a burden on both ends of the floor.

“He really started to flourish in the month of February, after we got back in after the weather had been as poor as it was in January.”

Wheeler enjoyed a hot stretch of play in games against Western (21 points, 12 rebounds), Elwood (24 points) and Clinton Central (25 points, six rebounds).

Lewman credited Wheeler with hitting the weight room in the offseason to prepare for his senior season.

“That put him in a situation where he was able to finish more plays on drives,” Lewman said.

KT ALL-AREA TEAMFIRST TEAM MVP: Tayler Persons, Kokomo Des Balentine, Western Erik Bowen, Kokomo Mason Degenkolb, Tipton Austin Keisling, Cass SECOND TEAM Ryan Bixler, Cass Mykal Cox, Kokomo Brandon Dillon, Carroll Graham Ortmann, Northwestern Evan Warden, Western THIRD TEAM Seth Adelsperger, Peru Blake Hadley, Cass K.J. Walton, Maconaquah Demarius Warren, Kokomo Calvin Wheeler, Taylor

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