The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.
Name: Shabazz Muhammad
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 Elite 24 invitee. Led the Gaels (25-6) to the 2011 Class 4A state semifinals. 2010-11 First Team All-American as named by ESPNHS. 2010-11 City of Palms All-Tournament selection. 2009-10 and 2010-11 Class 4A First Team All-State selection. Three-time First Team All-Conference selection.
Academics: B average
Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with his school.
George Tarkanian, head coach of rival Bonanza (Las Vegas, Nev.): “Shabazz Muhammad is clearly the best player we have seen the last two seasons. He is as good as they get athletically. This year, he really improved his shooting and ball-handling skills and he has all the tools to play shooting guard at the highest level.”
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys basketball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.
Rosco Allen: Senior forward, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Durrell McDonald: Senior forward, Del Sol (Las Vegas, Nev.)
A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU recruit rankings.
To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.