High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Adolphus Washington

Ohio Boys Hoop POY: Adolphus Washington

March, 22, 2012
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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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Adolphus Washington, Taft, Ohio, boys
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSAdolphus Washington is headed to Ohio State on a football scholarship.
THE WINNER: Adolphus Washington

THE BASICS

School: Taft (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Grade: Senior
Position: Center/power forward
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 240 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Washington averaged 23.1 points, 14.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this past season, leading the Senators (19-4) to the Division II quarterfinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he was named the 2012 Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Washington has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: Ohio Boys Basketball

March, 14, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Justin Fritts
Senior shooting guard, Mentor (OH)

2011-12 Team record: 22-2
2011-12 Team standing: Will begin Division I state tournament on March 15

2011-12 Points per game: 26.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.5

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Wheeling Jesuit

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 Second Team All-State; 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference

Adolphus Washington
Senior center/power forward, Taft (Cincinnati, OH)

2011-12 Team record: 18-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will begin Division II state tournament on March 15

2011-12 Points per game: 23.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Ohio State (football)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Terry Rozier: Senior point guard, Shaker Heights (OH)
Josh Lemons: Senior guard, La Salle (Cincinnati, OH)
Kenny Kaminski: Senior forward, Medina (OH)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Ohio football

November, 15, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.

Maty Mauk
file photo/ESPNHSMaty Mauk is a top candidate for Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year
Maty Mauk
Senior quarterback, Kenton (Ohio)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Division IV state quarterfinal vs. Genoa Area on Saturday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 316-457 (69.1)-4,487
2011 TDs-INTs: 58-10

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 190-1,500 (7.9)-16

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Missouri (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Became the nation’s career record-holder for passing yards (17,869) , total yards (21,046), passing attempts (1,974), completions (1,272) and touchdown passes (208). 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year. 2008-2011 First Team All-State selection. No. 15 ranked quarterback in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU;

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POY Potential: Top 5 Ohio football recruits

October, 12, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Ifeadi Odenigbo
file photo/ESPNHSIfeadi Odenigbo is Ohio's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Centerville High (Centerville, Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 51
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 212 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.62 40-yard dash; 33.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: Run defense, pass rushing, disruptiveness, pursuit
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Odenigbo is a fun kid to watch and it seems a real handful to face. He is a high school defensive end and while a move to outside linebacker could very likely be in his future he could be a heck of an end if he can add more bulk. He is a kid with good height, but is lean and needs more size. He seems to be a muscular and wiry kid, but you would still like to see him try and add more weight. While he can seem a little lean for the end position, don't write him off. This is a physical kid who displays good raw strength and plays bigger."

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