A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Andrew Wiggins
School: Huntington Prep
Athletic achievement: Wiggins averaged 24.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 blocks per game, leading the Express to a 28-2 record this past season. Rated as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2014 by ESPNU, he was MVP of the Ironton Classic and the Tri-State Classic, and was named to the Flyin’ to the Hoop All-Tournament team.
Academic excellence: Wiggins has maintained a B average while taking courses at St. Joseph’s Central Catholic (Huntington, W.Va.).
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House and youth basketball camps.
“Wiggins is an extremely skilled player with elite athleticism,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director, ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “He can play on the perimeter and on the post. He’s got a quick first step and can get to the basket whenever he wishes, and his jump shot has range beyond the 3-point line. He has all the tools to be successful, from a skill standpoint and a physical standpoint.”
THE FUTURE: Wiggins will begin his junior year of high school this fall.