Zionsville — There wasn't much doubt that Isaiah Thompson was going to be named an Indiana All-Star.
But that still didn't lessen the excitement on Tuesday, when he officially got the call that he was one of the 15 players selected to the squad that will play Kentucky in June.
"I was super excited when I got the call," Thompson said Tuesday evening. "It has been a huge goal of mine to be an Indiana All-Star. It's really special that I was named to the team."
The Thompson family is no stranger to the Indiana All-Star team.
Isaiah's dad LaSalle was a standout guard at Pike and was named to the team in 1991.
His brother P.J. was an Indiana All-Star in 2014 before going on to have a successful four-year career at Purdue.
"It is really special to be the third player in my family to get this honor," Thompson said. "I'm not sure there have been that many families that can say that, so that means a lot. I grew up watching highlights of my dad playing in high school and college, then I was able to see a lot of P.J.'s games growing up. This is something that we are going to be able to take about 20 years down the road. It is really special."
P.J. is currently playing basketball in Denmark, but Isaiah said he was able talk to him to to share the news earlier in the day.
"He was super excited for me," Thompson said. "We are really supportive of one another and he is one of my biggest fans. He is someone that I have watched growing up and has helped me out."
Thompson will go down as the best player to ever wear the Zionsville uniform.
He finished his career with 2,139 points, which is tied for 27th on the all-time scoring list.
He holds numerous records at Zionsville, including most career points, most career 3-pointers (294), most 3-pointers in a season (88), and most 3-pointers in a game (12).
Joining Thompson on the team are Cobie Barnes (Floyd Central), Jesse Bingham (Warren Central), Ethan Brittain-Watts (Culver Academy), Luke Bumbalough (New Castle), Armaan Franklin (Cathedral), Alex Hemenway (Castle), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Center Grove), Dawand Jones (Ben Davis), Jake LaRavia (Lawrence Central), John Michael Mulloy (Carmel), Brandon Newman (Valparaiso) and Jalen Windham (Ben Davis). Ali Ali (East Noble) and Mason Gillis (New Castle) were honorary selections.
"I am really looking forward to playing with all of them," Thompson said. "Armaan Franklin is one of my best friends, so it will be great to play with him, and Brandon Newman is going to be my future teammate so that will be fun too. But guys like Trayce Jackson-Davis, John Michael, and Ethan Brittain-Watts, I have played AAU with all of them before, so it will be cool to finish our high school careers out playing together."
Only three schools in the state have players on both the boys and girls Senior All-Stars — Zionsville, Warren Central and New Castle.
Thompson said to have that distinction with Maddie Nolan is cool.
"That is pretty exciting," Thompson said. "I know Maddie and I have been working our entire lives to be in this position, not only to be Indiana All-Stars, but to have the chance to play in college. We are blessed to have the opportunity to play at D1 schools and to represent Indiana. It's pretty exciting, we have talked about it and how much we are looking forward to it."
Thompson was named a Core-6 Indiana Junior All-Star last year, but was unable to play in any of the games after suffering an injury in AAU.
He said that despite not being able to play in the games last year, being around the guys on the team has him excited for this year.
"I was with them at all the events, but just couldn't play," Thompson said. "I was able to watch and they were pretty good games, but I missed being out there. I am excited for this year and to go against Kentucky again."
The Indiana All-Stars will have three games this summer, an exhibition game June 5 against the Juniors (site TBD), at Bellarmine on June 7 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse June 8.
Thompson will also be playing in the Hoosier Reunion Classic April 13 in Knightstown and in the Prep Ball Stars Midwest Classic on April 20.
Ten of the All-Stars will be playing in Knightstown and all of the All-Stars minus Jackson-Davis will be in the game April 20.
"The next two weeks will be pretty big events and it will be good to get some chemistry with the guys," Thompson said. "It will give us a chance to grow accustomed to each other and get some good game time in. That will be important for us to beat Kentucky in June."