Thursday, March 22, 2012
Kentucky Boys Hoop POY: Nathan Dieudonne
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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Athletic achievement: Dieudonne led the Shamrocks to a 35-3 record and the first boys’ basketball state championship in school history this past season. He amassed 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in the 71-53, title-clinching victory against Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.), capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. A returning Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Courier-Journal, Dieudonne averaged 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game. He shot 57.8 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and 79.4 percent from the free throw line.
Academic excellence: Dieudonne has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, Habitat for Humanity and Trinity’s Green Cross service-oriented club.
“He’s one of the hardest-working players I’ve had in the last three years,” said Ray Valentine, Director of Basketball Operations for Dieudonne’s KYA All-Stars Amateur Athletic Union team. “He’s relentless. He’s a very coachable young man, and his upside is tremendous because he plays so hard and is so passionate about the game. He’s a great teammate. He continues to get better. The way he ended the season, he showed in the state tournament he was the best player in the state. He really persevered.”
THE FUTURE: Dieudonne has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Boston University this fall.