Boys basketball: Mike Schlotman ready for Indiana-Kentucky all-stars
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent June 10, 2013 7:52PM
Munster's Mike Schlotman gets to the basket in the fourth quarter against East Chicago at West Side High School Wednesday night. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 12, 2013 6:29AM
The Indiana-Kentucky All-star game has had a long, proud history.
This year marks the event’s 75th year, which makes it the longest running summer hoops spectacle in the country.
And Munster graduate Michael Schlotman is a part of it.
Schlotman, who became just the third Mustangs’ basketball player to earn a roster spot on the Indiana All-star team in school history, is one of 13 members expecting to contribute when they take on the Kentucky All-stars next weekend.
The two teams face off on Friday in Louisville, Ky. and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indiana has swept the two-game series seven out of the past eight years.
Schlotman was at the mini-camp on Saturday preparing for this week after playing in a Hoosier Reunion all-star game Friday night at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. That’s the same gym the movie Hoosiers was filmed.
Munster coach Mike Hackett said Schlotman never stops working at improving his game and should make a valuable contribution to the squad.
“He was a very deserving kid,” Hackett said. “There may be kids that work as hard but nobody that can outwork him. He’s a fanatic about his basketball workouts. He set a good example for my younger players to try to follow with his weight training and his nutrition.”
Schlotman earned a starting role on Hackett’s squad during the 2010-11 season as a sophomore. The Mustangs finished the regular season undefeated and win sectional and regional titles despite having an inexperienced player at the point.
“I know a few teams probably looked at the schedule that year and circled us because we had such a young point guard who they thought they could get after,” Hackett said. “But he was great at taking care of the basketball. He has incredible — as the kids say — handles and he’s very strong with it.
“That year all he had to do was get the ball up the floor and get us into our offense and he was great at it.”
Guys like Joe Crisman (who was an Indiana all-star in ‘11), Ricky Carbajal and Brian Stolarz would take care of the rest.
Two years later, Schlotman helped guide the team to another undefeated regular season and the No. 1 ranking in the state. The Mustangs won the sectional crown, but lost to Merrillville in the regional.
Schlotman finished the year averaging 12.5 points, six rebounds and five assists per game.
“All he ever did was win,” Hackett said. “What’s funny was that he was probably 6-foot, 150, 160 pounds his sophomore year and he grew into a 6-foot-4, 185-pound kid. His development as a player skill-wise was impressive but his physical development was awesome too.”
Now the William & Mary recruit will be able to display it for all at one of the most prestigious events in this country.