Two of Minnesota’s finest, Nasir Whitlock of DeLaSalle High School and Tessa Johnson of St. Michael-Albertville were recently named Mr. and Miss Basketball last week.
Whitlock, a 6’2” guard headed to Lehigh University, averaged 26.7 points per game while leading the Islanders to runner-up in the Class AAA state championship.
Johnson, a 5’10” guard, who has committed to the University of South Carolina, led the Knights to the Class AAAA girls’ state championship while averaging 23.3 points per game.
The awards, which recognize the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, were announced after the 2022-23 season. Both Whitlock and Johnson were also named the boys and girls Metro Player of the Year respectively by the “Star Tribune.” Johnson also played in the McDonald’s All-American game, an annual contest featuring the top girls’ basketball players in the nation.