Minnesota Mr. Basketball

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Kevin McHale (right) was the recipient of the award in 1976.

Minnesota Mr. Basketball is an annual award recognizing excellence in Minnesota boys' high school basketball. The female equivalent is Minnesota Miss Basketball. The award was established in 1975 and is given to the person(s) chosen as the best high school boys' basketball senior in the U.S. state of Minnesota.[1] A nine-member selection committee,[2] headed by Ken Lien since 1977,[3] has selected five finalists in March of every year since the award began.[2] Those five finalists are chosen from a larger pool of 15 finalists picked in January, and the winner of the award is named in April. In order to select the most deserving student-athlete, the selection panel watches over 120 high school basketball games and creates detailed reviews on every one of them.[4] The winner is then invited to an honorary dinner, along with the Minnesota Miss Basketball selection.[3] Twice the panel chose two winners, in 1979 and 1998.

The first award winner was Gene Glynn, who attended Waseca High School in Waseca, Minnesota. He played for Mankato State University, now known as Minnesota State University.[1] The current winner is Tyus Jones from Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley. He will play for Duke beginning in the 2014–15 season.[5]

Four recipients of the Minnesota Mr. Basketball award were enrolled at Hopkins High School and Minneapolis North High School, the most of any high school. Most recipients go to Division I universities, with a high of 17 attending the University of Minnesota. Glynn, the 1975 winner; Jim Jensen, the 1978 winner; Steve Schlotthauer, the 1986 winner; Tom Conroy, the 1989 winner; Joel McDonald, the 1991 winner; and Brett Yonke, the 1992 winner, all attended Division II schools. Conroy attended Northeastern Illinois University, which upgraded to Division I in 1991, his sophomore year.[6] Yonke began his career at Division I Northwestern and later transferred to Division II St. Cloud State due to lack of playing time.[7] The 1981 winner, Redd Overton, never attended a university and chose the junior college route instead.

Several former Minnesota Mr. Basketballs have been selected in the National Basketball Association Draft. Kevin McHale, the 1976 choice; Randy Breuer, the 1979 co-choice; Sam Jacobson, the 1994 choice; Joel Przybilla, the 1998 co-choice; and Kris Humphries, the 2003 choice, were picked in the first round. Kevin Lynch, the 1987 choice; Khalid El-Amin, the 1997 choice; and 2001 choice Rick Rickert were picked in the second round. Jim Petersen, the 1980 choice, was the only pick in the now obsolete third round. McHale, drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, is the highest-drafted Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner. He went on to have a successful NBA career, winning three NBA championships with the Celtics (1981, 1984, 1986) and being inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.[8]

Award winners[edit]

Joel Przybilla (center, in black) was the co-recipient of the award in 1998.
Kris Humphries was the recipient of the award in 2003.
Royce White was the recipient of the award in 2009.
Tyus Jones was the 2013 recipient.
Year Player High school University NBA Draft
1975 Glynn, GeneGene Glynn Waseca High School, Waseca Minnesota State[1]
1976 McHale, KevinKevin McHale Hibbing High School, Hibbing Minnesota[9] McHale was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round with the 3rd pick of the 1980 NBA Draft.[10]
1977 Pederson, BrianBrian Pederson Prior Lake High School, Prior Lake Minnesota[1]
1978 Jensen, JimJim Jensen Bemidji High School, Bemidji South Dakota State[1]
1979 Breuer, RandyRandy Breuer Lake City High School, Lake City[1] Minnesota[11] Breuer was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round with the 18th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft.[11]
1979 Downing, GregGreg Downing[note 1] Duluth Central High School, Duluth Nebraska[1]
1980 Petersen, JimJim Petersen St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park Minnesota[12] Petersen was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 3rd round with the 4th pick (51st overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft.[13]
1981 Overton, ReddRedd Overton Minneapolis North High School, Minneapolis None[note 2]
1982 Shelquist, RobRob Shelquist Irondale High School, New Brighton Montana State[1]
1983 Copa, TomTom Copa Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids Marquette[14]
1984 Hanson, TimTim Hanson Prior Lake High School, Prior Lake Minnesota[1]
1985 McNeal, BrettBrett McNeal Minneapolis North High School, Minneapolis Western Kentucky[15]
1986 Schlotthauer, SteveSteve Schlotthauer Mounds View High School, Mounds View Augustana (SD)[16]
1987 Lynch, KevinKevin Lynch Bloomington Jefferson High School, Bloomington Minnesota[17] Lynch was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2nd round with the 1st pick (28th overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft.[18]
1988 Reuben, DerekDerek Reuben Minneapolis North High School, Minneapolis Eastern Kentucky[19]
1989 Conroy, TomTom Conroy DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis Northeastern Illinois[20]
1990 Kolander, ChadChad Kolander Owatonna High School, Owatonna Minnesota[21]
1991 McDonald, JoelJoel McDonald Chisholm High School, Chisholm St. Cloud State[22]
1992 Yonke, BrettBrett Yonke Eagan High School, Eagan Northwestern/St. Cloud State[7]
1993 Schaefbauer, SkippSkipp Schaefbauer Elk River High School, Elk River East Carolina/Illinois State[23]
1994 Jacobson, SamSam Jacobson Park High School, Cottage Grove Minnesota[24] Jacobson was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round with the 26th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft.[25]
1995 Mestas, RobertRobert Mestas Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis Miami (OH)[26]
1996 Ohnstad, MitchMitch Ohnstad Faribault High School, Faribault Cal Poly/Minnesota[27]
1997 El-Amin, KhalidKhalid El-Amin Minneapolis North High School, Minneapolis Connecticut[28] El-Amin was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round with the 5th pick (34th overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft.[29]
1998 Lane, DariusDarius Lane Totino-Grace High School, Fridley Seton Hall[30]
1998 Przybilla, JoelJoel Przybilla[note 3] Monticello High School, Monticello Minnesota[30] Przybilla was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round with the 9th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft.[29]
1999 Horvath, NickNick Horvath Mounds View High School, Mounds View Duke[31]
2000 Boone, AdamAdam Boone Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka North Carolina/Minnesota[32]
2001 Rickert, RickRick Rickert Duluth East High School, Duluth Minnesota[33] Rickert was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2nd round with the 26th pick (55th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft.[34]
2002 King, StephenStephen King Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield Ohio[35]
2003 Humphries, KrisKris Humphries Hopkins High School, Minnetonka Minnesota[36] Humphries was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round with the 14th pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.[37]
2004 Tollackson, SpencerSpencer Tollackson Chaska High School, Chaska Minnesota[38]
2005 Busch, TravisTravis Busch Mounds View High School, Mounds View Cal Poly/Minnesota/Colorado State[39]
2006 Dahlman, IsaiahIsaiah Dahlman Braham High School, Braham Michigan State[40]
2007 Hoffarber, BlakeBlake Hoffarber Hopkins High School, Minnetonka Minnesota[41]
2008 Taylor, JordanJordan Taylor Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park Wisconsin[42]
2009 White, RoyceRoyce White Hopkins High School, Minnetonka[4] Minnesota/Iowa State[note 4] White was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the first round with the sixteenth pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.
2010 Noreen, KevinKevin Noreen Minnesota Transitions School, Minneapolis West Virginia[44]
2011 Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman Hopkins High School, Minnetonka Minnesota[45]
2012 Chambers, SiyaniSiyani Chambers Hopkins High School, Minnetonka Harvard[46]
2013 Hooker, QuintonQuinton Hooker Park Center Senior High School, Brooklyn Park North Dakota[47]
2014 Jones, TyusTyus Jones Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley Duke[5]

Most winners[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1979, two Minnesota Mr. Basketballs were named.[1]
  2. ^ Overton never attended a university. He enrolled at a junior college for two years.[1]
  3. ^ In 1998, two Minnesota Mr. Basketballs were named.[30]
  4. ^ White signed with Minnesota, however, he transferred to Iowa State in July 2010 before playing a game with the Golden Gophers.[43]

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