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: Calvin Hermanson
School: Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: Hermanson averaged 23.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game this past season, leading the Lakers (22-6) to the Class 6A state championship game. The Three Rivers League Player of the Year, he shot 57.8 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. In his final three Class 6A state tournament games, Hermanson recorded 28.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors.
Academic excellence: Hermanson has maintained a 3.47 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth basketball instructor to middle school players at the Pride of the Lake Basketball Camp.
“He’s one of the best players I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jeff Bair, head coach at Clackamas (Ore.). “He is an excellent inside-out threat on the court with an incredible basketball IQ. He makes reads on the court that are simply amazing. He certainly is a class act on the floor -- a great competitor who does so with class and sportsmanship. As an opposing coach, I can honestly say he’s the best Oregon has right now.”
THE FUTURE: Hermanson will begin his senior year of high school this fall.