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Friday, March 16, 2012
Eye on POY: Virginia boys basketball

By Eric Snyder

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.

Jordan Adams
Senior forward, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)

2011-12 Team record: 44-0
2011-12 Team standing: No. 1 ESPNHS ranking

2011-12 Points per game: 18.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UCLA (NLI)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Les Schwab Invitational Tournament All-Tournament Team; ESPNHS Class of 2012 No. 38-rated recruit.

Tyler Lewis
Senior guard, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)

2011-12 Team record: 44-0
2011-12 Team standing: No. 1 ESPNHS ranking

2011-12 Points per game: 12.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 2.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 7.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.6

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: N.C. State (NLI)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: McDonald’s All-American Game selection; Les Schwab Invitational Tournament MVP; ESPNHS Class of 2012 No. 44-rated recruit.

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.

Aaron Bacote: Senior forward, Bethel (Hampton, Va.)
Anthony Barber: Junior guard, Hampton (Va.)
Stanford Robinson: Junior guard, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
Andrew White: Senior forward, Miller School (Charlottesville, Va.)
Troy Williams: Junior forward, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)

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.