Devils Lake standout Grant Nelson wins NDAPSSA Mr. Basketball Award

March 27, 2020 7:05 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Devils Lake senior forward Grant Nelson has been named the 2020 North Dakota Mr. Basketball Award recipient as voted on by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Nelson, a 6-foot-10 standout, is a 2020 NDAPSSA All-State First Team selection and was a NDAPSSA All-State Second Team selection as a junior. Nelson averaged 25 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks per game this season. He is signed to play basketball at North Dakota State University. 

Nelson joins Travis Mertens (2006) as NDAPSSA Mr. Basketball Award winners from Devils Lake High School since the award was first given in 1985.

Members of the NDAPSSA determine the finalists for the annual award given to the state’s top senior high school boys basketball player. A 5-3-1 points system is used to decide the winner with each NDAPSSA member voting for their top three choices.

Other finalists for the 2020 NDAPSSA Mr. Basketball Award were Jaxon Gunville (Minot), Carson Henningsgard (Hillsboro-Central Valley), Elijah Klein (Mandan), Jaden Mitzel (Shiloh Christian), Cole Myers (Richland) and Boden Skunberg (Jamestown).

Past NDAPSSA Mr. Basketball Award Winners:

2020: Grant Nelson, Devils Lake
2019: Mason Walters, Jamestown
2018: Wyatt Hanson, Stanley
2017: Aanen Moody, Dickinson
2016: Jason Feather, Four Winds/Minnewaukan
2015: Brad Heidlebaugh, Rugby
2014: Tanner Kretchman, Fargo Davies
2013: A.J. Jacobson
2012: Melvin Langstaff, Warwick
2011: Phillip Schanilec, Midway-Minto
2010: Adam Randall, Kidder County
2009: Cameron Malzer, Turtle Lake-Mercer
2008: Austin Dufault, Killdeer
2007: Brian Qvale, Williston
2006: Travis Mertens, Devils Lake
2005: James Hennessy, Williston
2004: Lucas Moormann, Dickinson
2003: Tyler Koenig, Fargo North
2002: Tommy Leikas, Fargo North
2001: Adam Dobmeier, Fargo South
2000: Tyrone Terry, Valley City
1999: Jeff Brandt, Minot
1998: Jeff Boschee, Valley City
1997: Travis Sturdevant, Bismarck Century
1996: Kenny Younger, Minot
1995: Hunter Berg, Grenora
1994: Dustin Undlin, Mohall
1993: Randy Torgrimson, West Fargo
1992: Mart McDonald, Munich
1991: Bart Manson, Minot
1990: Rob Stefonowicz, Divide County
1989: (Co-winners) Chris Gardner, Fargo South; Ben Jacobson (Mayville-Portland)
1988: Scott Guldseth, Edinburg
1987: Bryan Flam, Jamestown
1986: Todd Olson, Cavalier
1985: (Co-winners) Chris Lamoureux, Newburg; Juno Pintar, Fargo North

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