High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Apple Valley

Minnesota Boys Hoop POY: Tyus Jones

March, 22, 2012
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, Tyus Jones, Minnesota, Apple Valley, boys
Carlos Gonzalez/ESPNHSTyus Jones helped the U16 National Team to this past summer's FIBA Americas Championship.
THE WINNER: Tyus Jones


School: Apple Valley (Minn.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175 pounds


Athletic achievement: Jones averaged 28.1 points, 8.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game this past season, leading the Eagles (23-6) to the Class 4A sectional finals. A returning Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by the Associated Press, Jones shot 55.6 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from 3-point range and 86.6 percent from the free throw line. A member of USA Basketball’s U16 National Team, he averaged 4.6 points and 5.6 assists during an unbeaten five-game run to the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship this past summer.

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Eye on POY: Minnesota boys basketball

March, 14, 2012
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.

Eye on POY, Siyani Chambers, Hopkins, Minnesota, boys
file photo/ESPNHSSiyani Chambers could lead Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) to four consecutive Class AAAA state titles in his prep career.
Siyani Chambers
Senior guard, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)

2011-12 Team record: 27-1 (Class AAAA)
2011-12 Team standing: Class AAAA state tournament begins on March 22

2011-12 Points per game: 16.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 2.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Harvard University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Hopkins finished 7-0 in seven games against teams ranked in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's top 10. Shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 81.0 percent from the free throw line. No. 45 ranked point guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011-12 ESPNHS First Team All-State preseason selection. 2011 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State selection. 2011 Class AAAA All-Tournament selection. 2009, 2010 and 2011 Class AAAA state champion.

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