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Hopkins' Siyani Chambers selected as Mr. Basketball

Guard Siyani Chambers from Hopkins is Minnesota's Mr. Basketball for 2012.

Ken Lien, the chairman of the Mr. Basketball committee, made the announcement this afternoon on Sports Talk on 1500ESPN. The award has been presented to the state's top senior basketball player since 1975.

"Siyani has had a great four-year career at Hopkins,'' Lien said. "And the last few weeks, when Hopkins had some player losses, he carried that team on his back.''

Hopkins had its streak of three state championships end with a triple-overtime loss to Osseo in the Class 4A semifinals last week.

Chambers will be attending Harvard. There were rumors recently that various schools were trying to hire coach Tommy Amaker.

Chambers said during an interview on Sports Talk that he was hoping to play for Amaker, but that he planned to attend Harvard even if the coach was lured away. It appears now that Amaker will be staying at Harvard.

Chambers was joined by Joey King of Eastview, Johnny Woodard of Duluth East and Sanjay Lumpkin and Isaiah Zierden, both of Benilde-St. Margaret's, as the Mr. Basketball finalists.

Patrick Reusse Patrick Reusse has been covering sports in the Twin Cities since 1968. He co-hosts SportsTalk from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and hosts The Ride with Reusse from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. He also co-hosts "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.