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 Player 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 players, trying to propel their players to the top of the contest.
Some schools emerged as early front-runners, while others picked up steam as the week moved onwards. In total, a combined 49,413 votes were cast in the second round through the online polls and tweets using the #CCRPOTYFanVote hashtag.
We saw four talented players advance to the Final Four of the challenge, but only two could advance to the championship! Who would it be: Damon Lynn (NJIT Highlanders) or Shawn Long (UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns)? Quinton Hooker (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) or Obi Emegano (Oral Roberts Golden Eagles)?
Take a scroll down to see who’s off to the finals.
You can vote in the Championship Match here!
Quinton Hooker – North Dakota (58.67%) def. Shawn Long – UL-Lafayette (41.33%)
Over the course of the challenge, Quinton Hooker has steamrolled over the competition in the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Fan Vote. North Dakota fans have been behind their star guard from day one, and propelled him into the Final Four as the winner of the East Region.
The road to the championship, however, had to go through Lafayette, Louisiana. Shawn Long had been picking up steam as the contest progressed, and fans of the Ragin’s Cajuns were looking to put an end to Hooker’s reign of terror on the rest of the NCAA.
When push came to shove, North Dakota fans pushed their star to the win. Hooker took a lead early on in the challenge, and while Long’s supporters looked to make a comeback, it was too little, too late.
Quinton Hooker is off to the finals, but who will he face…
Damon Lynn – NJIT (55.39%) def. Obi Emegano – Oral Roberts (44.61%%)
The true definition of a back-and-forth match was seen in the second Final Four pairing of the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year. Damon Lynn and Obi Emegano each held a sizeable lead throughout the week, but only one would eventually come out on top.
In the last couple of rounds, both Lynn and Emegano have seen a steady increase in their support groups. Both players topped the 10,000 vote mark in the polls alone during the Final Four, and combined for a total of over 31,000 total votes.
When the 6pm EST deadline came and went on Sunday night, Damon Lynn was the last man standing in the pairing, setting up a high-powered finale between himself and Quinton Hooker.
The championship match opens for voting on Monday at 12:01am EST!