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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Eye on POY: Indiana Boys Basketball

By Joel Beck

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.

Gary Harris
Senior shooting guard, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)

2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A sectional final

2011-12 Points per game: 25.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Michigan State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; Ranked No. 11 by ESPNU 100; 2010-2012 First Team All-State

Trey Lyles
Sophomore power forward, Aresenal Tech (Indianapolis, IN)

2011-12 Team record: 16-5
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A sectional final

2011-12 Points per game: 21.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 15
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year; 2011 and 2012 All-City Tournament team selection; 2011 and 2012 First Team All City;

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.

Yogi Ferrell: Senior point guard, Park Tudor (Greenfield, IN)
Hanner Perea: Senior forward, La Lumiere (La Porte, IN)
Glenn Robinson: Senior shooting guard, Lake Central (St. John, IN)

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.