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March 13, 2012Tweet
Dajuan Coleman of Jamesville-DeWitt HS was named the winner of the 2012 Mr. New York Basketball award by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) on Monday morning.
The Miss New York Basketball award was given to Breanna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse.
The Mr. and Ms. New York Basketball awards, which go to seniors each year, are widely regarded as the top honor that a N.Y. high school basketball player can earn.
Coleman, a Syracuse University recruit, is trying to lead the Red Rams to a record fifth straight NYSPHSAA boys Class A championship this weekend in Glens Falls. .
Coleman and Stewart have both been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Games later this month in Chicago.
Stewart, a contender for national player of the year honors, has led the Northstars to the NYSPHSAA semifinals in her fifth varsity season. Already this month she repeated as Gatorade's New York player of the year and also won the Naismith Award, one of the top national honors.
The UConn recruit was also selected the 2011 USA Women's Basketball Player of the Year, recognition that typically goes to a college or professional player.
The boys finalists included, Reggie Agbeko (St Joseph's), Omar Calhoun (Christ the King), Tyler Cavanaugh (Jamesville-DeWitt), Zach Rufer (John S. Burke) and Phil Valenti (Aquinas Institute)
Last year's boys co-winners were Jabarie Hinds of Mount Vernon and Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran.