MINNEAPOLIS — On a night when the Timberwolves’ best player, Karl-Anthony Towns, scored 56 points in a 126-114 win over Atlanta, Delano senior Calvin Wishart stood with three of the state’s other top players on the Target Center court Wednesday night during a break in the third-quarter action.
Calvin Wishart (far right) stands with fellow Mr. Minnesota Basketball finalists Gabe Kalscheur (players, from left) Daniel Oturu and Owen King during an interview with 1980 Mr. Basketball Jim Petersen as part of the Timberwolves postgame show Wednesday night.
Photo by Matt Kane
The Tigers’ all-time leading scorer was one of five players honored as a finalist for Mr. Minnesota Basketball, joining DeLaSalle’s Gabe Kalscheur, Caledonia’s Owen King, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Daniel Oturi and Apple Valley’s Tre Jones, who was absent.
Jones was named Mr. Basketball, following in the family footsteps of his older brother, Tyus who won the award in 2014 and is now a Timberwolves guard who was standing just feet away from the ceremony.
Tre Jones was in Atlanta playing in the McDonald’s All-American game in Atlanta, which his team, the West squad, won 131-128. The award was accepted on Jones’ behalf by his older brother, Jadee Jones, who is an assistant basketball coach at Apple Valley.
Wishart remembers playing against Tre Jones not too long ago.
“I remember we played against Tre in The Pace Setter tournament last summer. We ended up beating Tre and his full Apple Valley squad in a game that went down to the wire,” he said. “Tre is very solid. Just watching him, he’s a good athlete at the point guard spot.”
Wishart is committed to Georgia Southern, Jones is going to Duke, Kalscheur and Oturo are both going to Minnesota, and King is going to South Dakota State.
Calvin Wishart finished as Delano’s all-time scoring leader with 2,444 points.
Photo by Matt Kane
“It’s pretty cool to be in the top five for Mr. Basketball, for sure,” said Wishart. “The 2018 class in Minnesota is filled with talent from top to bottom, and it’s an honor to be up there in the top five for such a prestigious award.”
Prior to leading Delano to its first state championship less than a week ago on the same Target Center court that hosted Wednesday’s ceremony, Minnesota basketball fans may have passively heard about Wishart’s abilities. During the state tournament, fans from all over the state really got to know the 6-foot-2 guard, hearing and watching him average 27.7 points in the Tigers’ three tournament games.
Wishart opened with 35 points and 12 rebounds in a 79-64 win over Mankato East in the quarterfinals. He seconded that with a second-consecutive double-double, posting 29 points and 19 rebounds in the Tigers’ 80-68 win over Austin in the semifinals. And, in the 65-61 win over Columbia Heights in the championship game Saturday at Target Center, Wishart scored 19 points and nine rebounds.
For the season, in 29 games, including the postseason, Wishart averaged 31.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 3.6 steals per game.
Wishart is the 2,000-point scorer in Delano history. He finished his four-year varsity career with 2,444 points.