High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Alex Poythress

Tennessee Boys Hoop POY: Alex Poythress

March, 22, 2012
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Alex Poythress, Gatorade POY, boys, Northeast, Tennessee
Andrew Shurtleff/ESPNHSNortheast (Clarksville, Tenn.) senior Alex Poythress eclipsed 2,000 points in his prep career.
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: Alex Poythress

THE BASICS

School: Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 225 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Poythress averaged 28.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.3 blocks, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game this past season, leading the Eagles (28-3) to the Class AAA, Region 5 tournament quarterfinals. A McDonald’s All-American Game selection, he was the state’s 2012 Class AAA Mr. Basketball and a two-time Class 10-AAA District Player of the Year. Poythress concluded his prep basketball career with 2,065 points.

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Eye on POY: Tennessee boys basketball

March, 12, 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.

Alex Poythress
Senior forward, Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class AAA, Region 5 Tournament quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 28.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Kentucky (NLI)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American; Two-time Class 10-AAA District Player of the Year; Two-time Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist

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