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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Montana Boys Hoop POY: Danny Robison

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: Danny Robison

THE BASICS

School: Billings West (Billings, Mont.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/center
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 235 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Robison led the Golden Bears to a 22-1 record and the Class AA state championship this past season. He recorded 19 points and seven rebounds in the 61-48, title-clinching victory against Kalispell (Mont.), capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. A returning Second Team All-Eastern Conference selection, Robison averaged 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He shot 69.3 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 71.3 percent from the free throw line.

Academic excellence: Robison has maintained an A average in the classroom and ranks in the top 10 of his graduating class.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time to the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church’s youth group, a retirement facility and the Trading Cards anti-drug campaign.

THE PRAISE

“Robison was the most dominant player in Class AA this season, hands down,” said Wes Holmquist, head coach at Bozeman (Mont.). “He is an absolute force. He shot 70 percent from the field, and once he gets the ball he is darn near impossible to stop. Not only can he score from anywhere on the floor, he is a good passer and a very good rebounder. He is physical, and his presence is unmistakable when he is on the floor. He is the best player on the best team in the state, no question.”

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