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: Cameron Biedscheid
School: Cardinal Ritter College Prep
(St. Louis, Mo.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: Biedscheid averaged 31.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game this past season, leading the Lions (21-5) to the first round of the Class 3 state tournament. A three-time First Team All-State selection, he led Cardinal Ritter to its third straight Class 3 district championship this winter, scoring 38 points in a win over Carnahan (St. Louis, Mo.).
Academic excellence: Biedscheid has maintained a 3.21 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the St. Louis Science Center and in association with food and clothing drives for needy area families.
“Cameron Biedscheid is one of the most gifted athletes I have ever coached,” said Cardinal Ritter head coach Marvin Neals. “He is extremely athletic and has the ability to play all positions on the floor.”
THE FUTURE: Biedscheid has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.