Suttons Bay guard Dwaun Anderson named Mr. Basketball

DETROIT (AP) -- The state's Mr. Basketball trophy for 2011 will be showcased in Suttons Bay, while the player who won it follows 11
past recipients and take his talents to East Lansing.

Guard Dwaun Anderson was announced Monday in Detroit as this year's Mr. Basketball. He is the third consecutive recipient to have committed to play for coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State University.

Anderson is expected to join Derrick Nix (2009) and Keith Appling (2010) on Izzo's roster, as well as Brandan Kearney, who finished fifth in this year's voting.

"It is a great program with Coach Izzo, and I'm thrilled to be going there," Anderson said Monday. "I've talked to Derrick a lot, and I've seen Brandan around at AAU camps. I haven't talked to Keith, but I'm looking forward to playing with all of them."

The only other time at least three straight Mr. Basketballs signed with the same university was 1999-2002 when Jason Richardson, Marcus Taylor, Kelvin Torbert and Paul Davis attended Michigan State.

Twelve of the 31 Mr. Basketball winners have signed to play for the Spartans.

Suttons Bay is in the far northwest Lower Peninsula, about 220 miles northwest of Detroit.

"I was completely shocked when I found out I won," he said.

"Coach took me to breakfast at Burger King and he told me I was Mr. Basketball," Anderson said. "I couldn't believe. I hadn't even thought about winning this."

Last year's appearance in the Class C state championship game made the difference, Suttons Bay coach Todd Hursey said.

"I think the tournament run we had put Dwaun in the spotlight and gave the rest of the state a chance to see what he could do," Hursey said. "That was a big part of this."

Anderson's victory was also a boost for a Suttons Bay program that was disappointed with a very early exit from this year's tournament at the hands of Traverse City St. Francis.

"They played their best game of the season, and we were able to stay with them," Anderson said. "We just didn't get the job done."
 

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