Mr. Ken Lien and the Mr. Basketball committee traveled throughout the state of Minnesota this year to put together their top five candidates for the coveted Mr. Basketball trophy. From MACCRAY to St. Cloud, from St. Paul to Chaska, from Lakeville down to Plainview, and from Hopkins over to Waconia this multi-person crew covered the state... and here are their FINAL FIVE.
LUCAS BROWN - Roseville Area
Brown led the Roseville program to more victories with each season he played. As a sophomore, the Raiders won 13 games; as a junior, his team won 15 games; this winter Roseville won 22 contests. The 6-foot-4 Brown was one of three Raiders to average double figures, leading the team with 18.5 points per game. He scored 1,120 points in his varsity career, is the 8th-rated prospect in Minnesota's 2011 class, and he signed with Division-I Wofford last fall.
JOE COLEMAN - Hopkins
Coleman signed with the University of Minnesota last fall, and he's the number one rated prospect in the state of Minnesota's 2011 class. He's in elite company as the only Minnesotan in the 2011 Rivals 150. Joe was a reserve on the Hopkins 2009 state title team, and he still averaged 6.1 points a contest. Then, as a junior, Joe scored 790 points in 32 games - averaging 24.7 points per contest and leading the Royals to a second straight state title. This year, Joe has Hopkins back at state yet again, scoring 21.7 points per game. Joe has scored 1,553 points in his three-year varsity career.
SHELBY MOATS - Waconia
Less than 24 hours ago, Moats led Waconia to the state tournament with a 62-60 victory over second-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's. The Wildcats are one of the hottest teams in the state right now - winning ten of their last eleven - and Moats leads the scoring effort with 22.4 points a contest. He's also the state's second-ranked prospect, is headed to Vanderbilt next year and has scored 1,687 career points.
KYLE NOREEN - Minnesota Transitions
All of the career numbers for Kyle aren't available - because I can't find them online back to his 7th grade year, which was the first for Kyle on varsity. The most important stat for Noreen is that he has won 153 varsity games so far against only 30 losses. This year, Kyle is currently averaging 30.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 5.9 steals and 1.8 blocks per game, and his team is working towards a repeat state championship. Yes, that's nearly a triple-double average. Kyle is currently undecided on his college choice.
JAKE WHITE - Chaska
Few kids in the state of Minnesota play high school basketball as tough as Jake White. Tonight, his Hawks play Eden Prairie for state; leading the team into battle will be Jake and his 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. White is the fifth-ranked prospect in the state of Minnesota, he's scored 1.926 career points and signed with Wichita State last fall. Jake had a season-high 48 points against Apple Valley earlier this season.