A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Boys Soccer 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.
THE WINNER: Jordan Morris
School: Mercer Island (Wash.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: Morris has led the Islanders to an 11-1-4 record and a berth in the Class 3A state tournament, scheduled to begin Wednesday. He scored 21 goals and passed for 15 assists in the regular season. The 2012 KingCo League MVP, Morris is a two-time First Team All-League selection. He entered the postseason with 31 goals and 26 assists in his prep soccer career.
Academic excellence: Morris has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with a fundraising campaign to benefit juvenile diabetes research, as a peer mentor and advisor and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“Jordan Morris is one of the best soccer players I have seen come from this state in a long time,” said Shaun Warner, head coach of rival Lake Washington (Kirkland, Wash.). “What makes it hard to match against him is his overall speed and how quick he is. I have never seen a player get to full speed as fast as he does.”
THE FUTURE: Morris has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Stanford University beginning in the fall of 2013.