The odds seemed to be in their favor, though it wasn’t quite a foregone conclusion that Sasha Stefanovic and Jermaine Couisnard would be Indiana All-Stars.
So when the Region pair received the phone call from director Charlie Hall on Sunday night that they were on the team, the adrenaline rush was just as big.
“I had always heard I would be on the team,” E.C. Central’s Couisnard said. “It’s just nice to know for sure. When I played last year, I knew I’ve got to come back and see how it feels being a senior.”
The Purdue-bound Stefanovic from Crown Point played with a number of the team members in a North-South game Sunday and was happy to hear they’d be joining forces against Kentucky.
“It’s a terrific accomplishment, going up against a lot of the best players in the state, and I’m glad to be a part of it,” Stefanovic said. “It’s definitely something I’ve worked towards. Obviously, you can only make it as a senior, but all the work you put in before means something, that what I’ve done in my four years was enough. I can’t wait.”
Stefanovic makes the all-stars on the heels of former teammate Grant Gelon, likewise Couisnard at E.C. with Damien Jefferson.
“Playing in Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be really fun,” Stefanovic said. “I’ve been going up against Jermaine for a while. All the players I’ve created friendships with through games together, it’ll be cool to play with them one more time. It’s a group of unselfish guys. Everybody can do something with the ball.”
“Just effort, try to go to war with the guys and be a leader, play my hardest,” Couisnard said. “It’s going to be a big learning experience. Just have fun. That’s the main thing.”
Among their teammates are the four Mr. Basketball finalists: Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese (Butler), Castle’s Jack Nunge (Iowa), North Central’s Kris Wilkes (UCLA) and Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams (Louisville).
“Basketball seems to be going to more of a ‘position-less’ approach and I think that is kind of what we have with this team,” Hall said in an Indianapolis Star story. “It’s kind of the way of the world now in basketball and I think this team reflects that to some degree.”