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: Nick Emery
School: Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Weight: 180 pounds
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 54 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNU. Led the Knights (24-1) to the 2011 Class 5A state championship. 2010-11 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2010-11 Class 5A Most Valuable Player as named by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune. 2009-10 Second Team All-State selection. 2009-10 All-Valley Offensive Player of the Year.
Academics: 3.84 GPA
College: Brigham Young University (verbal)
Extracurricular activities: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally assisting the elderly and coaching youth basketball players, and has served as a peer tutor for physically challenged children.
Rob Geertsen, head coach of rival Jordan (Salt Lake City, Utah): “People keep asking me how you can stop him and the answer is that I don’t know. He’s very good getting to the basket and getting to the line, and you can’t guard him in transition. He’s really the high school version of Jimmer Fredette.”
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.
Quincy Bair: Senior forward, American Fork (Utah)
Marcel Davis: Senior guard, American Fork (Utah)
T.J. Haws: Sophomore guard, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Jordan Loveridge: Senior guard, West Jordan (Utah)
Race Parsons: Junior guard, South Sevier (Monroe, Utah)
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.