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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Alaska Boys Hoop POY: Connor Devine

By Ben Rohrbach

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: Connor Devine

THE BASICS

School: Wasilla (Alaska)
Grade: Senior
Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Devine led the Warriors to a 23-4 record and third place in the Class 4A state tournament this past season. He averaged 20.1 points, 14.6 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game. The Class 4A Player of the Year, Devine is also a two-time First Team All-State selection, and recorded eight triple-doubles this season.

Academic excellence: Devine has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has served as a youth mentor and has volunteered locally on behalf of an area food bank.

THE PRAISE

“Devine has great court awareness and he’s a presence in every aspect of the game,” said Eric Stockhausen, head coach at Ketchikan (Alaska). “He’s not flashy, he’s not boastful. He’s very controlled and very consistent.”

THE FUTURE: Devine has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at South Dakota State University this fall.