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Announced: 10 finalists for the Minnesota Mr. Basketball award

Now this is a group of 10 extremely good, highly recruited athletes.

The ten finalists for the 2020 Minnesota Mr. Basketball award have been announced, and this year's group is arguably the most talented the state has ever seen from a group of seniors. 

Led by 5-star, Gonzaga-bound guard Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy, the 10 senior athletes will all graduate this spring and then begin life as student-athletes in college, most of them at well-known Division I programs. 

Ben Carlson, East Ridge

Wisconsin-bound, Carlson is a double-double machine for East Ridge and his 24.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game has the Raptors competing with Cretin-Derham Hall atop the Suburban East Conference. 

Steven Crowl, Eastview

Crowl will team up with Carlson at Wisconsin after high school, but for now the 6-foot-9 big man is averaging nearly 27 points per game for the 18-2 Eastview Lightning, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A. 

Dain Dainja, Park Center

Committed to the Baylor Bears, who are ranked No. 1 in men's college basketball right now, Dainja is ranked 55th nationally and a 4-star recruit just a tick shy of having a 5-star rating. The 6-foot-9 big man is leading the Pirates (15-4) as a Class 4A power. 

Drake Dobbs, Eden Prairie

The all-time leading scorer in Eden Prairie boys' basketball history is bound for Liberty after high school. This year, the 6-foot-1 guard has Eden Prairie rolling with 21-0 record. 

Dawson Garcia, Prior Lake

Ranked 30th nationally by 247Sports, Garcia is just percentage points from being considered a 5-star recruit. The 6-foot-11 Marquette-bound point-forward is stuffing the box score with 31.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Lakers. 

Nate Heise, Lake City

Heise is a 6-foot-5 guard dominating the hardwood in Minnesota. He's scored 2,000 career points and has Lake City ranked No. 3 in Class 2A while averaging 30.2 points per game. Heise will continue his athletic career playing basketball at Division I Northern Iowa. 

Noah King, Caledonia

Anyone that follows high school sports in Minnesota is well aware of the King family and Caledonia. Known for a bloodline that keeps dominating in football and basketball, Noah has the 2019-20 Warriors fresh off a state championship in football and rolling as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A, with their only loss coming to 3A power Minnehaha Academy. King had committed to South Dakota State but has since re-opened his recruiting. 

Gabe Madsen, Rochester Mayo

Part of the Madsen tandem in southeast Minnesota, Gabe and his brother Ryan (both committed to Cincinnati) have the Mayo Spartans competing with some of the top teams in the state. Gabe is averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds per game, while Ryan is chipping in with 18 points on average. 

Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha

5-star guard who is ranked No. 8 nationally, according to 247Sports, is headed for Gonzaga. He's averaging 22.5 points per game for the No. 1-ranked Redhawks in Class 3A. 

Kerwin Walton, Hopkins

Another top-100 nationally ranked recruit, Walton is No. 98 in the nation, according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 26 points a game for No. 4 Hopkins. The 4-star recruit has college offers from the Gophers, North Carolina, Arizona, Iowa State and Ohio State. He has yet to announce his college choice. 

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