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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Massachusetts Baseball POY: Rhett Wiseman

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Rhett Wiseman

THE BASICS

School: Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
(Cambridge, Mass.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Centerfielder
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Wiseman led the Knights to a 16-5 record entering the Etter/Croke Invitational, scheduled for Friday. Through 21 games, he owned a .444 batting average with eight home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored. A First Team Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American, Wiseman is also a three-time First Team All-League honoree and is ranked as the nation’s No. 42 senior as rated by ESPNHS.

Academic excellence: Wiseman has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The president of his school’s senior class, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs and has raised funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

THE PRAISE

“He’s very disciplined at the plate, with a short, compact, powerful swing,” said Glenn Disarcina, head coach at Groton School (Mass.). “Defensively, he has great ability in center field and an above-average arm. He’s a five-tool player with a very bright future ahead of him.”

THE FUTURE: Wiseman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall.