Eye on POY: Maryland boys basketball

March, 19, 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.

Justin Anderson
Senior forward/guard, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)

2011-12 Team record: 21-22011-12 Team standing: Will play in ESPNHS National High School Invitational on March 29

2011-12 Points per game: 18
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: VIrginia

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Iolani Classic Most Valuable Player. 2012 McDonald’s All-American nominee. No. 55 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2012 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection.

Joe McDonald
Senior point guard, Landon (Bethesda, Md.)

2011-12 Team record: 14-11
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Interstate Athletic Conference semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 24
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1
2011-12 Steals per game: 4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: George Washington

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-County. 2012 Washington Post First Team All-Met 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.

Aquille Carr: Junior guard, Patterson (Baltimore, Md.)
James Robinson: Senior point guard, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)
Jerami Grant: Senior forward, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)

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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