INDIANAPOLIS – Demetrius Jackson will have to settle for runner-up honors for Mr. Basketball.
The Mishawaka Marian star senior finished second in the balloting for the state’s highest hoops honor it was announced today by the Indianapolis Star.
Zak Irvin, a 6-7 forward from Hamilton Southeastern High School, earned the Indy Star Indiana Mr. Basketball title for 2013.
Irvin, who will play at Michigan, totaled 101 votes in balloting of coaches and media members statewide. Jackson, an explosive guard bound for Notre Dame, finished second in the voting with 46 votes.
Irvin averaged 24.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game his senior season. He scored 1,239 points in his three varsity seasons in which Hamilton Southeastern went 59-11.
Jackson, the only player from Indiana selected for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game (which is set for tonight in Chicago), averaged 26.8 ppg. his senior season. Jackson also averaged 5.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game for the Knights.
Irvin’s selection gives Hamilton Southeastern the first back-to-back Mr. Basketball winners in the award’s history, which dates back to 1939. Gary Harris of HSE won the award in 2012. Harris now plays at Michigan State and was the Big 10 Freshman of the Year this season.
Rounding out the top five in the voting for Mr. Basketball were Mike Crawford of Tipton (37 votes), Bryson Scott of Fort Wayne Northrop (26) and Collin Hartman of Indianapolis Cathedral (14).