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January 20, 2014

AARON SNYDER: Already time for All-Star picks?


The Point Guard's annual midseason All-Star selections take on a slightly different twist every year, it seems.
The one constant is that they're not actually released by the middle of the season. Most teams are about 60 percent of the way through, but I like to stay true to my favorite All-Star games — Major League Baseball's and the NBA's. Both of those allow a little more than just half a sample size to determine the cream of the crop.
The change this year involves who is involved. The PG is going all-inclusive on northeastern Kentucky this season, which means the entire 16th Region plus Paintsville, Johnson Central and Lawrence County are fair game.
So, of 19 schools, I've selected 16 players each for the girls' and boys' teams — the starting lineup, the first five off the bench and the next six off the bench.
This is always a nearly impossible task with indelible results, but I love it. Hey, what's wrong with dishing out some extra recognition?
So, instead of "The Dime" this week, the PG unveils his All-Stars, based on players' performance to this point of this particular season.
Remember … this is just my opinion, not necessarily a reflection of The Independent's sports staff’s thoughts.
Boys' All-Stars
Starting lineup:
PG Bobby Anderson (Boyd County) — The sophomore uses a thrifty approach and trusty scoring hand to quietly put forth productive efforts on a nightly basis. The sometimes-too-unselfish distributor averages nearly five assists per game, but he is also a deceptively good scorer.
SG Ryne Callahan (Rowan County) — After emerging last season, Callahan has continued to show abilities that keep opponents consistently mindful of where he is on the court.
SF Troy Steward (Fleming County) — He's not the best shooter in the 16th Region, but he might be the best scorer. He and Lewis County's Brett Ruckel can drop 30 or 40 on any given night.

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