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: Rene Castro
School: Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.)
Athletic achievement: Castro averaged 23.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game this past season, leading the Hilltoppers (15-11) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA Tournament quarterfinals. The MVP of the BCD Holiday Hoops Tournament, he scored more than 20 points on 16 occasions and knocked down 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers (43-for-103) for the season.
Academic excellence: Castro has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a tutor at a homeless shelter, as part of a literacy-outreach program and as a youth basketball coach.
“Rene Castro is a scoring machine,” said Mike Hart, head coach at St. Andrew's School (Barrington, R.I.). “He doesn't take bad shots. He can make the 3-pointer, moves without the ball and he’s a good passer.”
THE FUTURE: Castro will begin his senior year of high school this fall.