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Maya Chandler stands with Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham at her recent Indiana Junior All-Star game.
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By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

FAIRLAND — Maya Chandler is used to stiff competition. Playing with the Indiana Junior All-Stars this summer was an honor, she said, but the talent surrounding her was not intimidating. Chandler fit right in.

Averaging 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game as a junior, Chandler made a name for herself last season at Triton Central. With a standout sophomore campaign under her belt, as well, it was not a surprise the Divison I recruit was chosen to represent the best in Indiana.

The Blue Group, the group Chandler was randomly assigned to, had limited practice time before a contest with the core six players (main Indiana Junior All-Stars) at Mercy Academy in Kentucky on June 2. The team earned a win over the Kentucky Junior All-Stars, however, with Chandler scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds in 15 minutes of play.

"I am extremely grateful for getting the opportunity to be out there," Chandler said, who plays on one of the top AAU teams in the state (Indiana Elite Thunder). "I am thankful Coach (Bryan) Graham got my name out there. I know a lot of players were (close) to making the team. 

"I pretty much knew all the girls from AAU. It was casual when we got together. The level I am playing at with AAU, playing with those girls was nothing new. It is remarkable how good they are."

Chandler's recent individual success has been rewarded. She now holds four Division I offers. The latest came from Loyola University and Eastern Illinois University in May. She also has offers from Arkansas State and IPFW (Fort Wayne).

"I want to play Division I," Chandler said. "I want to challenge myself. I want to be one of the worst (players on team) and make myself one of the best."

TC head coach Bryan Graham, who made the trip to Kentucky to watch Chandler play, said it was an honor to have a member of his program represent the Tigers on the Indiana Junior All-Star team.

"I thought she represented her community, her LTB teammates, herself and her family very well," Graham said. "She did a great job of bringing energy when she got in the game, like she does here. She hit a transition three and got some deflections and steals."

The only other Indiana Junior All-Star from Triton Central was Jessie Scherer. Scherer (2002) was eventually named to the Indiana All-Star team as a senior before attending the University of Evansville.

Although she knows it will not be easy, Chandler has every intention of making the senior team next season.

"That is something I am definately after," Chandler said. "There are only 12 spots. The people watching decide it for you. I think I did pretty well in the game. I tried to do everything out there. 

"The recognition was cool, but I am not done. I am going for the senior all-star team. If I don't get it, at least I can say I did everything I could."

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.