Three student-athletes from the Upper Cumberland have been named finalists for Miss and Mr. Basketball. Upperman senior Brooklyn Crouch is a finalist for Miss Basketball in Class 3A, while Grant Strong of Clay County and Zach Amonett of Pickett County were named Mr. Basketball finalists in Class 1A. Strong, a senior and Tennessee Tech signee, was the Class 1A award winner last season. Amonett, also a senior, is a finalist for the first time. He will continue his basketball career on the collegiate level at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Crouch is signed to play college basketball at UT-Chattanooga.
Crouch will vie for the Class 3A Miss Basketball honor against Sarah Burton of Clinton and McKenzie Cochran of Page. Strong and Amonett, meanwhile, will compete for the Class 1A honor with Roderick Robinson of Middleton.
The Miss and Mr. Basketball Awards will be presented to the top girls and boys in six classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU on Monday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m. The event will be open to the public and free of charge.
A statewide committee of sportswriters selected winners based on performance during the 2021-2022 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
This is the 37th year that the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school basketball players. American General was the sponsor of the event since the inception of the awards in 1985 until 2001. The Memphis Grizzlies were sponsors of the awards from 2002-2004. From 2005-2015 the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards were presented at the conclusion of each respective championship game as part of the post-game trophy ceremony.