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: Amile Jefferson
School: Friends’ Central School (Wynnewood, Pa.)
Athletic achievement: Jefferson led the Phoenix to a 21-5 record and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Jefferson averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. The nation’s No. 18 recruit in the Class of 2012 as ranked by ESPNU, he has been selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.
Academic excellence: Jefferson has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Police Athletic League and youth sports programs.
“Amile Jefferson has great touch, feel, body control and an uncanny ability to score in the paint,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director, ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “He’s a guy who can rebound out of his area, block shots and always plays with good energy.”
THE FUTURE: Jefferson remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.