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: Justin Anderson
School: Montrose Christian School
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: Anderson led the Mustangs to a 21-2 record and a berth in the 2012 ESPNHS National High School Invitational, scheduled for March 29. He is averaging 18 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game through 23 games. The 2012 Iolani Classic MVP, Anderson is the No. 54 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Anderson has maintained a 3.11 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach.
“Justin Anderson is one of the top players in our area and an excellent kid off the floor,” said Ivan Thomas, head coach at Kecoughtan (Hampton, Md.). “He brings passion and energy on every possession.”
THE FUTURE: Anderson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Virginia this fall.