Medomak Valley's John Murray has certainly had a whirlwind few weeks.

First, the 6-foot-8-inch senior was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B boys player of the year, followed by being named as one of 10 semifinalists for Mr. Maine Basketball, the state's highest honor bestowed upon senior student-athletes.

He followed up those tremendous accolades by helping guide the Panthers to their first Eastern Class B championship in 33 years, in addition to being named to the region's all-tourney team.

Now, Murray will look to close out his high school basketball career not just being a semifinalist for the state's highest honor — but winning it.

Murray was named March 4 as one of three finalists for Mr. Basketball, along with Jonesport-Beal's Garet Beal and Washburn's Mitchell Worcester. Murray is the only one of the three boys' finalists to lead his team to a state championship berth; and the only Class B selection, with Beal and Worcester both representing Class D East.

It marks the first time a Panther has been up for the award since 1992, when Josh Nash was crowned Mr. Basketball.

The award banquet will be held Friday, March 8, at Husson University in Bangor.

"It's a huge honor for him as a basketball player as a student and all the work he's done to get to this point," said Medomak Valley athletic director Matt Lash. "Certainly it's an honor for coach DePatsy, his staff and the program to have a finalist with all the talented players in the state of Maine. John's been the focal point of a lot of defenses this season."

"His whole motivation this year was he wanted to get to the state championship game, win an Eastern Maine title and win a state title," said Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy. "He came up short on one end, but when he was on the floor, we only lost one game this year."

Murray was out for nearly the entire game in foul trouble in Medomak Valley's double-overtime loss to Oceanside at Rockland on Dec. 17 and was sick with the flu in the team's loss to Winslow on Jan. 8.

Murray averaged 18.1 points per game in the regular season and 11 rebounds per contest, along with 30 steals, 16 three-pointers and shooting 65 percent from the foul line. He also had a season-high 34 points in Medomak Valley's 95-91 win over Camden Hills — which took four overtimes — Jan. 31.

Murray averaged 16.3 points per game in the regional playoffs and scored 11 points in the state Class B final — a 62-39 loss to Western Class B titlist Falmouth.

"He's really matured," said DePatsy. "He's really refined his game and his overall skill level has really improved. His court awareness has improved and he's become a really good passer. I think he helped set up a lot of [his teammates]. He's not a selfish player by any means."

Murray, also a KVAC first-team selection, will play in the 25th annual Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games. Murray will represent the A/B East squad, which will face A/B West at 11 a.m. at Husson's Newman Gymnasium.

Leavitt's Kristen Anderson, Waynflete of Portland's Martha Veroneau and Presque Isle's Chandler Guerette are the three finalists for Miss Maine Basketball.

Anderson was named the KVAC Class B girls player of the year, while Veroneau and Guerette led the Flyers and Wildcats to the Class C and Class B state championships, respectively.

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