High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Archbishop Mitty

Eye on POY: California 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.

Aaron Gordon
Junior guard/forward, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in CIF Division II quarterfinals on March 13

2011-12 Points per game: 22.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First team All-State; 2011 and 2012 League Player of the Year; 2011 San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year; USA Basketball U16 team member; No. 3 recruit by ESPNU Super 60

Grant Jerrett
Senior power forward, Lutheran (La Verne, CA)

2011-12 Team record: 25-7
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in CIF Division IV quarterfinals on March 13

2011-12 Points per game: 22.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 0.8

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Arizona

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; No. 9 recruit by ESPNU 100; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-CIF; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2012 Chick-Fil-A tournament MVP;

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.

Katin Reinhardt: Senior shooting guard, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
Gabe York: Senior shooting guard, Lutheran (Orange, CA)
Jabari Bird: Junior guard, Salesian (Richmond, CA)
Xavier Johnson: Senior forward, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)

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.

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