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Hopkins Star Tops BSM Duo For Mr. Basketball

Benilde-St. Margaret's seniors Sanjay Lumpkin and Isaiah Zierden were among the five finalists, but Siyani Chambers of Hopkins took home the prize.

guard Siyani Chambers is this year’s Mr. Basketball, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities announced Wednesday afternoon.

Chmabers beat out four other finalists, including Benilde-St. Margaret's seniors Sanjay Lumpkin and Isaiah Zierden.

Lumpkin averaged 19.5 points per game this season, while Zierden averaged 19.7. They have signed to play at Northwestern and Creighton next year, respectively.

The pair led BSM to a 25-2 record and a top seed in the section playoffs, but the Red Knights were in the section final.

Though Lumpkin and Zierden had outstanding years, Chambers is certainly a worthy pick.

He has three state tournaments under his belt and has been a powerhouse on the court over the years. In the Royals’ upset loss in the state tournament semifinals, Chambers scored a game-high 31 points, including a last-second three-pointer. The day before, he set a tournament record, making 22 of 24 free throws, according to the Minnesota State High School League

He was also named a member of the Star Tribune’s All-Metro first team and the AP All-State team.

Chambers—who has a 3.8 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society—will be playing at Harvard after he graduates.

This is the second year in a row a Hopkins player has received the Mr. Basketball award. Joe Coleman, who now plays for the University of Minnesota, won in 2011. The Royals also saw Royce White win in 2009, Blake Hoffarber win in 2007 and Kris Humphries win in 2003.

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