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: Dexter Werner
School: Bismarck (N.D.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: Werner averaged 20.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Demons (21-4) to the Class 4A quarterfinals. Also the 2010-11 Gatorade North Dakota Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he is a three-time First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Werner has maintained a 4.0 in the classroom and is ranked first in his class of 371 students.
Exemplary character: A member of the Spanish Club, the Key Club and the Boy Scouts of America, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society, the Special Olympics and recently completed a service-mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
“Dexter Werner is a tremendous player who has a major impact on every game he plays,” said Joe Mueller, head coach at St. Mary’s Central (Bismarck, N.D.). “Every team’s game plan against Bismarck concentrates on him, first and foremost. He is a great scorer but what sets him apart is his ability to set up his teammates and find the open man.”
THE FUTURE: Werner has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at North Dakota State University this fall.