Eye on POY: New Jersey boys basketball

March, 13, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Tyler Ennis
Junior Point Guard, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ)

2011-12 Team record: 31-1
2011-12 Team standing: Plays John Carroll in Alhambra Catholic Invitational, 3/15; Ranked No. 10 in ESPNHS Fab 50.

2011-12 Points per game: 15.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 7.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Ranked No. 41 junior by ESPNU; Member of Canada's U19 National Team.

Jaren Sina
Junior Point Guard, Gill St. Bernard's School (Gladstone, NJ)

2011-12 Team record: 27-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to St. Anthony’s in Non-Public B final

2011-12 Points per game: 20.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 8.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Second Team All-State in 2011; Somerset County Player of the Year; Ranked No. 54 junior by ESPNU.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Kyle Anderson: Senior Forward, St. Anthony High (Jersey City, NJ)
Mike Tobey: Senior Center, Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ)
Justin Sears: Senior Forward, Plainfield High (Plainfield, NJ)
Davon Reed: Junior Guard, Princeton Day School (Princeton, NJ)
Melvin Johnson: Senior Guard, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ)
Quenton DeCosey: Senior Forward, St. Joseph's High (Metuchen, NJ)
Chris Jones: Senior Guard, Teaneck High (Teaneck, NJ)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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