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Friday, March 9, 2012
Eye on POY: Alaska boys basketball


The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Connor Devine
Senior Center, Wasilla High (Wasilla, AK)

2011-12 Team record: 21-3
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Lathrop in state quarterfinals, 3/15

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 8.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Dakota State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Northern Lights Conference MVP; First Team All-State; 8 triple-doubles.

Ryden Hines
Senior Center, Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)

2011-12 Team record: 24-1
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Kenai in state quarterfinals, 3/15

2011-12 Points per game: 16.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.0

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Cook Inlet Conference MVP; First Team All-State; MVP of Dimond Prep Shootout.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

LaDarius Milton: Senior Forward, Monroe Catholic (Fairbanks, AK)
Treshawn King-Dunbar: Senior Guard, Bartlett High (Anchorage, AK)
Adam Klie: Junior Guard, Service High (Anchorage, AK)
Scooter Bynum: Sophomore Guard, Monroe Catholic (Fairbanks, AK)
Gus Simmers: Junior Guard, Anchorage Christian (Anchorage, AK)
Colter Lasher: Senior Forward/Guard, Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)
Dane Kuiper: Freshman Guard, Wasilla High (Wasilla, AK)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.