Grand Forks, N.D. -- It was a bigger field, but the same result for Quinton Hooker as North Dakota's senior captain claimed his second-consecutive College Court Report Mid-Major Player of the Year Award on Monday. The first of Hooker's back-to-back fan vote titles was in a 64-man field, but this season CCR officials expanded the field to 96 to include as many of the top Mid-Major players in the country as possible.
Hooker had a first-round bye during the seven-week voting process that saw more than 190,000 total votes be tallied. After that, he was never seriously challenged until his Final Four matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Rashawn Thomas. He picked up nearly 62 percent of the votes against Thomas that were cast online, via Twitter and by liking photos of the individual athlete on CCR's Facebook page.
In the finals, Hooker ended up outdistancing Wright State's Mark Alstork by claiming almost 70 percent of the total votes casted on three platforms with a majority of those coming from the online portion, according to CCR officials.
Hooker and Alstork met up on the hardwood as well this season with the Raiders picking up a tightly-contested 83-79 victory on their home court in late November. Hooker had 18 points and five rebounds in the contest, while UND held Alstork, who was one of the premier scorers in college basketball this season, to just 10 points, which all came from the free-throw line.
Hooker capped his UND season by leading the Fighting Hawks to their first NCAA Tournament berth and a program record 22 wins at the Division I level. He averaged 19.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 3.6 apg for the Big Sky regular season and tournament champions.
Here are Hooker’s round-by-round results:
First Round: BYE
Second Round: def. Jordon Varnado (Troy), 70.77% – 29.23%
Round of 32: def. Dallas Moore (North Florida), 71.96% – 28.04%
Sweet 16: def. Joe Cremo (Albany), 73.24% – 26.76%
Elite Eight: def. Trayvon Palmer (Chicago State), 72.16% – 27.84%
Final Four: def. Rashawn Thomas (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), 61.87% – 38.13%
Finals: def. Mark Alstork (WRST), 69.36% – 30.64%