The award for the top senior boys basketball player in Minnesota –the Mr. Basketball Award – is down to five finalists.
- Tre Jones, guard, Apple Valley
- Gabe Kalscheur, guard, DeLaSalle
- Daniel Oturu, power forward, Cretin-Derham Hall
- Owen King, guard, Caledonia
- Calvin Wishart, guard, Delano
Jones, the younger brother of former Mr. Basketball in Minnesota Tyus Jones, now with the Timberwolves, is committed to play at Duke next fall. He's averaging 22.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 3.8 steals, according to MNBasketballHub.
Apple Valley (22-4) is riding a 15-game winning streak entering Tuesday's section playoff opener against Rosemount.
The 6'4'' guard will play for the Gophers in the fall but he's currently leading an Islanders team with 22.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
DeLaSalle opens section playoffs Wednesday against Minneapolis Patrick Henry.
The big man will join Kalscheur and play for the Gophers next fall, but for now he's a four-star recruit piling up impressive numbers for the 24-2 Raiders. On the season, Oturu is averaging 18.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game.
Cretin-Derham Hall opens section playoffs Wednesday against Stillwater.
If his name sounds familiar, it might be because you've heard about him playing quarterback for Caledonia's state championship football team the last three years. He was also a finalist for the Mr. Football Award, but basketball is his future at South Dakota State and he's got the Warriors rolling at 23-4 on the season.
As good as he is on the basketball court, Wishart decided to try out for the football team for the first time as a senior. He not only made the team, he was named an All-State wide receiver. He'll be playing basketball at Georgia Southern.
On the hardwood, he's averaging a whopping 31.1 points per game for Delano, who takes on Becker in the section playoffs Tuesday night.