March 25, 2019 06:43 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota high school basketball season came to an end on Saturday, but basketball won’t stop for a few Southeastern Minnesota standouts.
Rochester John Marshall forward Matthew Hurt and Hayfield combo-player Mason Tapp have been selected to play in the 37th annual Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) All-Star Series. The MBCA selects the top 40 seniors in the state to play in the series every year.
Tapp, who was selected to play on the “Yellow” All-Star team, helped lead Hayfield to one of the greatest turnarounds in the state this season. The Vikings finished 5-23 during the 2017-2018 season before finishing 24-5 in 2018-2019.
A big part of the Vikings’ struggles last season was that they didn’t have Tapp for a good chunk of the year—he broke his leg during the 4th game of the 2017-2018 season. This weekend, Tapp will become only the third player in Hayfield boys' basketball history selected to play in the All-Star Series.
"It means a lot to me to be able to play with some of the top talent throughout Minnesota," Tapp texted to ABC 6 News on Monday. "It's an honor to take part in the All-Star games and also follow (former Hayfield Vikings) David Johnson and Cole Kruger. I'm very excited to participate and I am also very thankful to have this opportunity."
As a senior, Tapp bounced back with a strong final season, averaging 20.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks per game, and shot 49% from the floor. The Vikings were a buzzer-beating shot away from playing for a Section 1A championship, falling in the Section 1A semifinals to eventual Section champion Spring Grove, 45-43. Tapp has yet to make a collegiate basketball decision but said he "plans on doing so."
Hurt, who was selected to play on the “Blue” All-Star team, is one of the top uncommitted basketball recruits in the country for the Class of 2019. Hurt has college basketball offers from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Minnesota among others.
Hurt is a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball Award, and he will be playing in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game. As a senior, Hurt averaged 37.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.8 blocks and steals per game. He's also the state's all-time leading scorer for big schools (3,819 career points).
The All-Star Series will be played on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, at St. Cloud State University (Friday) and Macalester College in St. Paul (Saturday).
Updated: March 25, 2019 06:43 PM
Created: March 25, 2019 04:38 PM
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