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: Stephen Clark
School: Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: Clark led the Trojans to a 24-3 record and their fourth consecutive Class 4A state title this past season. He averaged 29 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and three assists per game while shooting 85 percent from the free throw line. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Clark was named the Class 4A state tournament MVP for the second straight season.
Academic excellence: Clark has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group and as part of a literacy-outreach initiative.
“Stephen Clark is such a valuable player who brings so much energy and excitement to our team,” said Douglass head coach Terry Long. “He’s the most popular player I’ve ever had in my 23 years of coaching. He is a both a fantastic person and a player.”
THE FUTURE: Clark will begin his senior year of high school this fall.