FORT WAYNE – The 2014 Tiffany Gooden Award has come down to a two-man race.
The sprint to the finish, so to speak, will finish Monday at IPFW’s Walb Ballroom when Tiffany Gooden, the former Snider standout, reveals the winner between seniors Tre’Vion Crews from North Side and Justin Mitchell from Wayne.
In a voting of The Journal Gazette staff and Gooden, Crews and Mitchell were the top two vote-getters for the annual award that is presented to the top basketball player, male or female, in the SAC.
The basketball awards ceremony, which also honors the All-SAC and All-Northeast Indiana boys and girls basketball teams, is co-sponsored by The Journal Gazette and SportsONE Ortho Northeast. The award last year went to Northrop’s Bryson Scott.
Here’s a rundown of the two candidates for the 2014 award.
As the Redskins point guard, Crews helped the team to two SAC titles this past season: in the regular season and the league’s tournament in December. North Side’s floor general, Crews averaged 16.0 points, 6.8 assists and 2.1 steals.
Crews, who is headed to Jackson Community College, was named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s All-State team but was left out of the Top 60 workouts that helps to decide the Indiana All-Star team that plays Kentucky every summer.
North Side (24-2) won its first sectional championship in four years before bowing out in the Class 4A regional to Hamilton Southeastern 59-55.
The Redskins also set a school record for points in a game in a 109-72 win over Bishop Luers that clinched the SAC regular-season title.
One of the Mitchell brothers, Justin distinguished himself in a starring role for the Generals this year and in his four-year career.
The 6-foot-3 guard finished as Wayne’s all-time leading scorer with 1,416 points. The previous record was 1,304, held by Roosevelt Barnes.
Averaging 20.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists, the Wright State recruit helped the Generals to a 12-9 record and a tie as the SAC runner-up for the regular season championship. He was named to the Top 60 workout.
Wayne fell in the sectional semifinals 68-56 to Homestead, which played in the 4A semistate.