LOUISVILLE — Nathan Dieudonne of Trinity has been chosen Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, the first time in 50 years the award has gone to a player from a private school.
Boone County's Sydney Moss, daughter of NFL receiver Randy Moss, won the Miss Basketball title.
Dieudonne, who led Trinity to its first state title last month and was MVP of the Sweet Sixteen, received his Mr. Basketball award in a ceremony at the Seelbach Hilton on Saturday night.
"This is just like icing on the cake," Dieudonne said. "The state championship was our main goal. Obviously, this is a big award, but the team (championship) was the biggest thing."
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Mike Silliman of St. Xavier is the only other private-school player to be named Mr. Basketball. He won the honor in 1962.
Moss said her dad told her when she was a freshman that she could set a goal of becoming a McDonald's high school All-American.
"I didn't get that, but I told him the next biggest thing was probably Miss Kentucky, and I've got that," she said.
The sponsoring Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, in conjunction with the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, came up with a new way to choose Mr. and Miss Basketball this year.
Voting by the state's coaches determined five finalists for each award. A group of media and former Mr. and Miss Basketball honorees then voted to select the winners.
All of the finalists attended the banquet at the Seelbach, with Mr. and Miss Basketball announced in a Hesiman Trophy-style ceremony.
Dieudonne, a 6-foot-7 senior who has signed with Boston University, averaged 13.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in leading Trinity to a 35-3 record and the state title.
The other finalists were Matt Day of Buckhorn, Tamron Manning of Scott County, MeKale McKay of Moore and Adam Wing of Rowan County.
Moss, a 5-10 senior who has signed with Florida, averaged 23.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.1 steals in leading Boone County to a 30-4 record and the 9th Region title.
The other finalists were Jeanna Crittendon of Ryle, Kendall Noble of Perry County Central, Jasmine Whitfield of South Oldham and April Wilson of Manual.
Dieudonne and Moss will lead the Kentucky All-Stars against Indiana in their annual series in June. The games will be played June 8 in Freedom Hall in Louisville, and June 9 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The girls' and boys' Kentucky all-star rosters will be announced over the next two days.