JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Eight finalists have been named for the annual North Dakota Mr. Basketball award.

Jason Feather of Four Winds-Minnewaukan, Dalton Feeney of Bismarck Century, Braedan Hanson of Grand Forks Red River, Graham Hurlburt of Enderlin, Braydon Lund of Minot, Brody Nieuwsma of Strasburg-Zeeland, Hayden Sadowsky of Hettinger-Scranton and Noah Wanzek of Jamestown have been selected for the senior-only award, which is presented by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

The winner will be announced on live TV after the Class B boys state championship game on Saturday, March 19 at the Minot State University Dome.

Feather, a 6-1 guard, was the Region 4 senior athlete of the year for the top-ranked Indians, who are the No. 1 seed at today’s Class B state tournament. He averaged 22.7 points, 3.1 steals and 2.2 assists per game and has 91 3-pointers, shooting 51 percent from long range.

Feeney, a 6-4 guard, was integral in Century taking fifth place at state after spending the season ranked No. 1 in the poll. The West Region senior athlete of the year had per-game averages of 20.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 steals.

Hanson, a 6-7 guard, is the East Region senior athlete of the year. His 18.4 points, 5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game aided the Roughriders’ run to state, where they finished fourth.

Hurlburt, a 6-7 guard, averaged 24.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game while shooting nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line. He is the Region 1 senior athlete of the year, helping his team to the region semifinals.

Lund, a 6-4 forward, averaged a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists per game. He anchored the paint for a team that won its second straight Class A state championship Saturday night in Bismarck.

Nieuwsma, a 6-2 guard, had per-game averages of 22 points, 7.8 assists and 7 rebounds. Region 3’s senior athlete of the year has his team at the state tournament.

Sadowsky, a 5-11 senior guard, averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Region 7 senior athlete of the year pushed the Nighthawks to the region tournament.

Wanzek, a 6-5 forward, averaged 20 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals per game. The University of North Dakota football recruit was part of a team that fell one game short of the state tournament.

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