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: Adolphus Washington
School: Taft (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Position: Center/power forward
Weight: 240 pounds
Athletic achievement: Washington averaged 23.1 points, 14.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this past season, leading the Senators (19-4) to the Division II quarterfinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he was named the 2012 Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Washington has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and in association with food and clothing drives for needy area families.
“I cannot say enough about the talent level, class and sportsmanship of Adolphus Washington,” said Bryan Wyant, head coach at Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio). “We have competed against him for the last three years and he is by far the most difficult player to prepare for. He has also always conducted himself on the court in a first class manner.”
THE FUTURE: Washington has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football on an athletic scholarship at The Ohio State University this fall.