Madison Hayes and Jacobi Wood Win Miss and Mr Basketball Awards

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(tssaa.org) The top girls and boys basketball players in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association were honored by being named the winners of the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards. The awards presentation took place on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.

A statewide committee of sportswriters selected the winners based on performance during the 2019-2020 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

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“This is such an outstanding honor for all 30 of the young men and women recognized this evening at the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “They were here not only due to their athletic ability that they displayed on the court throughout the season, but just as much for their outstanding character and academic achievements.”

This was the 36th year that the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school basketball players. American General was the sponsor of the event since the inception of the awards in 1985 until 2001. The Memphis Grizzlies were sponsors of the awards from 2002-2004. From 2005-2015 the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards were presented at the conclusion of each respective championship game as part of the post-game trophy ceremony.

2020 MR. AND MISS BASKETBALL WINNERS

Division II-A Miss Basketball
Macey Lee, Trinity Christian

Division II-AA Miss Basketball
Dontavia Waggoner, Ensworth

Class A Miss Basketball
Chloe Moore-McNeil, Greenfield

Class AA Miss Basketball
Keeley Carter, Macon County

Class AAA Miss Basketball
Madison Hayes, East Hamilton

Division II-A Mr. Basketball
Moussa Cisse, Lausanne

Division II-AA Mr. Basketball
Kennedy Chandler, Briarcrest

Class A Mr. Basketball
John McClaran, Eagleville

Class AA Mr. Basketball
Johnathan Lawson, Wooddale

Class AAA Mr. Basketball
JaCobi Wood, Cleveland

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