Eye on POY: Nevada Boys Basketball

March, 14, 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.

Marcus Allen
Junior shooting guard, Centennial (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 24-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A regional semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Conference MVP; 2012 Team Captain

Shabazz Muhammad
Senior shooting guard, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 28-4
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 30.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year; 2012 Naismith High School Player of the Year; 2012 McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection;. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU; 2011 Elite 24 invitee; 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; 2009-2012 First Team All-Conference selection;

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.

Durrell McDonald: Senior guard, Green Valley (Henderson, NV)
Erik Brewer: Senior forward/center, Cimarron Memorial (Las Vegas, NV)
Justin Yamzon: Junior guard, Lake Mead (Henderson, NV)
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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