Minnesota's Mr. Basketball finalists named on Sports Talk
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The anticipation among followers of Minnesota basketball is for the Class of 2014, which will feature Apple Valley's Tyus Jones, Robbinsdale Cooper's Rashad Vaughn and DeLaSalle's Reid Travis. All three are national recruits who have seen many of the biggest-name coaches in college hoops in attendance at their games.
The top players in the Class of 2013 haven't received nearly as much attention, but Ken Lien said Monday on 1500ESPN's Sports Talk [3-4 p.m.] that this crew of seniors has a number of elite players.
Lien is the chairman of Minnesota's Mr. Basketball committee. This is the 35th year for the award.
"I would say next year's class is deeper than this one, but I don't think anyone who has watched these kids would say we're short of very good players,'' Lien said. "These are very good players.''
Only seniors are eligible for Mr. Basketball. The five finalists:
*Anders Broman is the 6-foot-2 scoring machine from Lakeview Christian in Duluth. He scored over 5,000 points in his career. He has committed to South Dakota State. Broman will be facing Rushford-Peterson on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Williams Arena in the Class 1A state tournament.
*Riley Dearring a 6-foot-4 wing player from Minnetonka. He has signed with Wisconsin -- hoping to follow in the long line of Minnesotans who have found success playing for Bo Ryan.
*Quinton Hooker is a dynamic, 6-foot-1 guard who led Park Center to the Class 4A state tournament. Hooker, a North Dakota recruit, scored 27 in his team's 73-71 victory over rival Osseo in a section final.
Park Center, seeded second in 4A, will play Lakeville North on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Target Center.
*Aaron Lien, 6-foot-5 from Moorhead, is an outstanding shooter. He has chosen to stay home to play for Minnesota State-Moorhead.
*Graham Woodward is a thin, 6-foot guard and it surprised some when he received and accepted an offer to play in the Big Ten for Penn State. Then, Woodward went out and had a great senior season for Edina that included three victories over Hopkins. The third came by 55-53 last week in a section title game.
Edina will play Andover at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the Class 4A tournament at Target Center.
Lien and his advisers don't reach a final decision on Mr. Basketball until the state tournament is played. The Mr. Basketball winner for 2013 will be announced next Monday on Sports Talk.