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Duke-bound Tyus Jones named Minnesota's 'Mr. Basketball'

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Even though Lakeville North's JP Macura made a strong case to win the 2014 Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award, it was Tyus Jones' to lose all along.

But as expected, to a certain degree, Jones was named Mr. Basketball, the Mr. Basketball of Minnesota Committee announced Tuesday evening.

Wheeler Baker, a 6-foot-1 guard from Osseo, Brian Goodwin, a 6-foot-4 guard from BBE, Macura, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Lakeville North and 6-foot-8 power forward Reid Travis of DeLaSalle were the other finalists.

“We've seen these kids for three or four years and this particular class has had a lot of notoriety and press,” said Ken Lien, chairman of the Mr. Basketball committee, according to KSTP. “We are looking for the best basketball talent.”

Jones and Travis made up two-thirds of Minnesota's "Big Three," a star-studded group of seniors that has gained national attention for a few years. Jones and Travis, along with Rashad Vaughn, formerly of Robbinsdale Cooper High School, who now plays at a prep school near Las Vegas, are all considered five-star recruits.

Jones is going to Duke, Travis to Stanford and Vaughn to UNLV.

Macura will play basketball at Xavier and he made an outstanding case to win the award after leading the Lakeville North Panthers to a come-from-behind win over top-seeded Hopkins in the State Boys' Basketball championship game last week. While he came through in the clutch in the title game, he was even more impressive in a wild semifinal win over Cretin-Derham Hall. The senior sharpshooter buried this amazing 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game.

Macura and Jones were named co-winners of the 2014 Associated Press Player of the Year on Monday, as reported by the Star Tribune.

The list of Mr. Basketball winners dates all the way back to 1975. Here's a look at the winners since 1998, courtesy of MN Basketball Hub.

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