Who else is better qualified to hand out some college basketball hardware than the fans who watch the games on a regular basis?
The 2nd Annual CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote got under way on February 29th, and the votes started to roll in right from the outset. Schools got behind their talented freshmen, trying to propel their players to the top of the contest.
More and more schools have joined the campaign trails as the contest has picked up steam. In total, a combined 70,096 votes were cast in the Final Four through the online polls and the use of #CCRFreshmanFanVote on Twitter.
Four of the nation’s top freshmen went head-to-head in a pair of showdowns to determine the finals. All four came from smaller schools with loyal fan bases, and all of them were looking to push their player to the championship!
Take a scroll down to see who’s off to the finals.
You can vote for the Championship match here!
Jaylen Franklin – Abilene Christian (57.22%) def. Devin Morgan – Delaware State (42.78%)
The most consistent vote-getter in the CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote squared off against the player who has seen the biggest increase in fan support over the last two rounds.
Jaylen Franklin has been a steady force throughout the first four rounds of the challenge, while Devin Morgan gained more and more momentum with each passing round. One of the streaks was going to come to an end, and it wasn’t clear until the weekend as to which talented player would persevere.
Franklin came out of the gate strong and took an early lead, but Morgan was hanging around thanks to the support from friends, family, and fans. But, as the weekend neared, fans of Franklin made sure to send their beloved newcomer onto the finals. Flyers were circulated around the school to get more people involved, and it worked to perfection.
Jaylen Franklin pushed past Devin Morgan and booked his spot in the championship showdown.
Fletcher Magee – Wofford (65.83%) def. Matt Morgan – Cornell (34.17%)
In the second pairing, the top vote-getter from social media went up against another ‘Morgan’ who has seen his support increase as the challenge has progressed. Fletcher Magee has a large following on Twitter which has propelled him to the Final Four, while Matt Morgan has received a ton of support from friends, family, and the Cornell athletics department in recent weeks.
Out of the gate, the match-up was neck-and-neck. Morgan held a large advantage at the start of the week in the online polls, while Magee took control of the social media votes. As the days passed, the votes for Magee continued to increase on social media, and he overtook Morgan for the lead.
From there, support for Magee became too much for Morgan’s supporters to overcome, and Wofford’s finest freshman was off to the championship showdown.
The finals will see the top vote-getter in terms of the online polls go head-to-head with the top social media vote-getter.
This will be fun.
Voting for the Championship Match opens Monday at 12:01am EST!