The 16-players tournament field is set for The News-Sentinel High School Boys Basketball Fan Choice Area Player of the Year.
The News-Sentinel Fan Choice Player of the Year recognizes the top individual performances from Fort Wayne area players during the regular season and gives fans the opportunity to decide who the best player was.
This online contest is a bracket-style, four-round tournament pairing up the area's best players against each with the winner being determined through online voting on The News-Sentinel website, news-sentinel.com.
The tournament begins with the eight first-round matches at 12:01 a.m. Monday (click on link at left to vote in the first-round matches).
Every round, expect for the championship match, will last one day with the polls closing at 11 p.m. (EDT). The player with the most votes when the polls close will advance to the next round.
Voting for the championship match will start Thursday and the polls will remain up through the Saturday. The winner of the News-Sentinel Fan Choice Player of the Week will be announced in the Monday, March 4 issue of The News-Sentinel.
The News-Sentinel sports staff selected and seeded the 16-player tournament field based on multiple factors include a player's performance during the regular season and how the player's team fared.
FAN CHOICE PLAYER OF THE YEAR TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Monday: First-round matches
Tuesday: Regional Finals
Wednesday: Tournament semifinals
Thursday - Saturday: Tournament championship
Monday, Feb. 11: Winner announced in issue of The News-Sentinel
*Polls close at 11 p.m. (EDT) for every round
DESHAUN THOMAS REGION
No. 1 seed James Blackmon Jr., Bishop Luers vs. No. 4 seed Leander Williams, Snider
No. 2 seed Justin Mitchell, Wayne vs. No. 3 seed Dwight Richards, North Side
JIM MASTER REGION
No. 1 seed Brenton Scott, Northrop vs. No. 4 seed Caleb Swanigan, Homestead
No. 2 seed Chandler White, Carroll vs. No. 3 seed Derek Hinen, Columbia City
WILLIE LONG REGION
No. 1 seed V.J. Beachem, New Haven vs. No. 4 seed Sam Waters, Leo
No. 2 seed Nick Gamble, Homestead vs. No. 3 seed D.J. McCall, Concordia Lutheran
WALTER JORDAN REGION
No. 1. seed Bryson Scott, Northrop vs. No. 4 seed Dalton Combs, Adams Central
No. 2 seed Josh VanMeter, Norwell vs. No. 3 seed Trent VanHorn, Canterbury