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Cellular South Announces Start Of Voting For Mississippi Basketball Fans’ Choice Award


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JACKSON, MS -- Cellular South, the nation’s largest privately held wireless provider, is giving Mississippi basketball fans the chance to weigh in on who they feel is the best college basketball player in the state as voting begins for the Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award.

The Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award features the three Mississippi college basketball superstars who are finalists for the Cellular South Howell Trophy -- Mississippi college basketball’s highest honor. While sports media and basketball experts decide who deserves the Cellular South Howell Trophy, die-hard fans across the state can begin voting to determine which finalist is the fan-favorite and should win the Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award.

From March 19 through March 26, Cellular South text messaging customers can vote for the following finalists by text messaging the identification number for their favorite player to “DUNK” (3865). For further information on the finalists, fans can visit the Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award Web site at www.cellularsouth.com/fanschoice.

-- Todd Abernathy, Ole Miss (ID# 1)
-- Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State University (ID# 2)
-- Trey Johnson, Jackson State University (ID# 3)

The winner of the Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award will be announced in conjunction with the Cellular South Howell Trophy Award during the Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards Ceremony taking place Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Network (MPB). The Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award winner will receive a check for $2,500 for winner’s college athletic department.
“Mississippi basketball fans are some of the most passionate in the country, and we are letting their voice be heard,” explained Hu Meena, president of Cellular South. “The Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award is the perfect companion to the Cellular South Howell Trophy because it allows them the opportunity to take part in crowning the top player in the state.”

HOW TO VOTE

The voting lanes are now open and Cellular South customers with text messaging features can follow these simple steps to make a fast-break and lock in their top pick for the Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award:

-- Rock the Vote. Between 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19 and 7:15 p.m. on
March 26, fans can text message the player identification number to “DUNK”
(3865).
-- Replay. Fans vote as often as they like to advance who they think is
the best Mississippi College basketball player.

The Cellular South Howell Trophy and Cellular South Fans’ Choice Awards are part of Cellular South’s Outstanding Player Awards, administered by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The award series also includes the Cellular South Ferris Trophy, honoring Mississippi’s best collegiate baseball player of the year, and the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, honoring Mississippi’s best collegiate football player -- all announced during live broadcasts on MPB throughout the year. For more information on the Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award and the entire Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards series, please visit http://www.cellularsouth.com/csopa. Standard text messaging fees apply to all text message voting.
The Cellular South Fans’ Choice Award is managed by Cellular South as a separate program and has no bearing on the official judging of the Cellular South Howell Trophy Award.



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