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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Indiana Boys Hoop POY: Gary Harris

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: Gary Harris

THE BASICS

School: Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Harris averaged 25.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.7 assists per game this past season, leading the Royals (22-3) to the Class 4A sectional final. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, he is the No. 11 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a 3.55 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.

THE PRAISE

“Gary Harris is an extremely unselfish player and he can do it all on the court,” said Hamilton Southeastern head coach Brian Satterfield. “The things he does on offense are well-documented, but what separates him is what he can do at the defensive end. He can play any position on the court. He’s strong enough to play on the inside and he’s quick enough to cover anybody on the perimeter.”

THE FUTURE: Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Michigan State University this fall.