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Walters announced as Mr. Basketball finalist

Jamestown's Mason Walters looks to pass the ball during a game earlier this season at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Six finalists have been chosen for the North Dakota Mr. Basketball award.

Jamestown's Mason Walters was selected, along with Dalton Albrecht (Grafton), Ben Bohl (Bishop Ryan), Luke Lennon (West Fargo), Treyton Mattern (Bismarck Century) and Braeton Motschenbacher (Fargo Davies) have all been nominated by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters association.

The winner will be announced Saturday, March 16, at the conclusion of the Class B boys basketball state tournament on WDAY television and statewide ABC affiliates.

Walters just helped lead the Blue Jays to their seventh Class A state title on March 9 with a 66-49 victory over Fargo Davies at the Bismarck Event Center. The 6-foot-7 post player earned Class A state tournament MVP, an unanimous selection on the all-tournament team and West Region co-senior athlete of the year.

Walters averaged 21.2 points per game, 11.7 rebounds and shot 68 percent from the field.

Lennon, a 6-5 center on the Packers, led West Fargo to a 21-6 record as the Packers placed fifth at state. Lennon averaged 20.9 points per contest, 9.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals, shot 58 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line.

Mattern helped lead Bismarck Century to the Class A state semifinals, where the Patriots narrowly fell to Jamestown, 55-52. The Patriots placed third, however.

The 6-2 guard averaged 23.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Motschenbacher helped lead Davies to the state finals, where it lost 66-49 to Jamestown. The 6-2 guard filled up the stat sheet with 20.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game, 51 percent from the field, 47 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

On the Class B side, Albrecht and Bohl were selected. Albrecht tallied a Mr. Basketball-high 27.3 points per game, along with 11.4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.6 blocks. The 6-8 forward shot 55 percent inside the paint, 30 percent from three, and 75 percent at the free-throw line.

Bohl, a 6-2 guard, scored 24.4 points per game, 9.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.2 steals, 58 percent inside the paint, 42 percent at the 3-point line and 70 percent from the free-throw line.

Bohl and Bishop Ryan will compete at the Class B state boys basketball tournament starting today, while Albrecht and Grafton lost out in the Region 2 semifinals.