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: Archie Goodwin
School: Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.)
Athletic achievement: Goodwin led the Bears to a 27-5 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he averaged 25.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.2 assists per game. A three-time All-State honoree, Goodwin was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American games. He is rated as the nation’s No. 15 recruit in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Goodwin has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs and has served in student government.
“When the ball is in Goodwin’s hands, he can make magic happen,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director, ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “He’s exceptional at beating his defender off dribble penetration. When he gets in the lane, he has excellent body control and he can also find his teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Goodwin has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall.