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: Josh Scott
School: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: Scott led the Rangers to a 27-1 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. He amassed 23 points and five rebounds in a 44-43, title-clinching victory against Sierra (Colorado Springs, Colo.), capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. A returning Class 4A First Team All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, Scott averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He shot 72.3 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.
Academic excellence: Scott has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to signing in his school’s chorale group, he has donated his time as a youth basketball instructor and as a mentor to elementary school children.
“He is physically and athletically in a different realm than any other player around,” said Barry Clark, head coach at Air Academy (United States Air Force Academy, Colo.). “We tried to double team him, and he shared the ball with an open shooter. We played behind him to push him out, and he could still get to the basket with ease. He is a fierce competitor who does everything within the rules to win. He loves to compete and takes it seriously and does not showboat. He is a very humble player who does not draw extra attention to himself.”
THE FUTURE: Scott has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Colorado this fall.