This morning, Gatorade Player of the Year recipients were named for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Massachusetts, Catholic Memorial senior guard Guilien Smith took home the honors.
Here are the winners in the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: STEVEN ENOCH, ST. THOMAS MORE
The 6-foot-10, 235-pound senior forward averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game this past season, leading the Chancellors (29-9) to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class AAA semifinals. The state’s No.1 recruit in the Class of 2015 as rated by the New England Recruiting Report, Enoch scored 18 points with seven rebounds in an 83-76, come-from-behind victory over Vermont Academy at the Spaulding Hoophall Classic in January.
Enoch has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom. He has donated his time delivering meals and clothing to families in need and has volunteered as a tour guide for prospective students at his school.
“Steven Enoch possesses tremendous integrity and initiative,” said St. Thomas More head coach Jere Quinn. “He has had a wonderful season while playing in the strongest conference in the country. He will have a very successful career at UConn as a student and as an athlete.”
Enoch has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: TERANCE MANN, TILTON
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound senior guard and forward led the Rams to a 31-5 record and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference Class AA championship this past season. Mann averaged 23.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 61 percent from inside the arc. A 2015 First Team All-NEPSAC selection, he scored 18 points in Brewster Academy’s 68-63 win over Vermont Academy in the NEPSAC championship. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 43 recruit in the class of 2015 by ESPN.
Mann has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a mentor for children with special needs and as a youth basketball coach.
“Terance Mann is a tremendous competitor and a complete basketball player,” said Tilton School head coach Marcus O’Neil. “He’s a terrific player on both ends of the court and puts the team ahead of himself.”
Mann has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Florida State University this fall.
RHODE ISLAND: COREY DAUGHERTY, BARRINGTON
The 6-foot, 165-pound senior point guard averaged 20.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (24-3) to the Open State Tournament championship game. Daugherty led the state in 3-pointers made with 87, knocking down 18 in four state tournament games. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he concluded his prep basketball career with 1,660 points.
Daugherty has maintained an unweighted 4.06 GPA in the classroom. For his senior project, he organized the move of Barrington’s basketball game against Bishop Hendricken to Brown University as a fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics.
“Corey led his team on offense and defense,” said Alex Butler, head coach of East Providence High. “He made sure to keep everyone involved. He is really efficient and doesn’t force the issue. When the game called for it, he took over.”
Daugherty has verbally committed to attend Brown University, where he will play basketball beginning this fall.
MAINE: NICK MAYO, MESSALONSKEE
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward and center averaged 24.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Eagles (14-6) to the Class A state quarterfinals. A Mr. Maine Basketball finalist, Mayo shot 50.2 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. The 2015 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, he also participated in the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Game this winter.
Mayo has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to serving as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of the Bedside Manor Alzheimer’s Care Facility and participated in a walkathon fundraiser for brain injury research. He has also donated his time as part of community cleanup efforts to benefit the elderly.
“As far as talent goes, I do not think our area—Central Maine along I-95—has seen a player like this since [two-time Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year] T.J Caouette, who graduated from Winthrop High in 1996,” said Jason Pellerin, head coach of rival Lawrence High. “At 6-foot-8, he can simply do anything he wants on the court.”
Mayo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University this fall.
VERMONT: BEN SHUNGU, RICE MEMORIAL
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior guard led the Green Knights to a 23-1 record and their third consecutive Division 1 state championship this past season. Shungu averaged 18.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game. A First Team All-Metro and Second Team Burlington Free Press All-State selection as a junior, he was also named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen and USA TODAY’s All-USA Vermont Second Team.
Shungu has maintained a B average in the classroom. A peer mentor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington and youth basketball programs.
“Shungu creates matchup nightmares,” said Sol Bayer-Pacht, head coach at South Burlington High. “He can post up small guys, he can put the ball on the floor and make plays. He doesn’t have any off nights.”
Shungu will begin his senior year of high school this fall.