Eye on POY: Connecticut Boys Basketball

March, 16, 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.

Kris Dunn
Senior guard, New London (CT)

2011-12 Team record: 23-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class LL semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 31.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12
2011-12 Assists per game: 5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Providence

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2011 New Haven Register MVP

Timajh Parker

Senior power forward, St. Joseph (Trumbull, CT)

2011-12 Team record: 22-1
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class LL state final on March 17

2011-12 Points per game: 19.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Towson

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 Team Captain; 2011 First Team All-Conference

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.

James Jennings: Senior point guard, St. Joseph (Trumbull, CT)
Ricardo Ledo: Senior forward, South Kent (CT)
Terry Tarpey: Senior forward, Fairfield Prep (CT)

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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