High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Brice Johnson

South Carolina Boys Hoop POY: Brice Johnson

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.

THE WINNER: Brice Johnson

THE BASICS

School: Edisto (Cordova, S.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/center
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Johnson averaged 25.4 points, 14.3 rebounds, 8.3 blocks and three assists per game this past season, leading the Cougars (15-5) to the second round of the Class 2A state tournament. Also 2010-11 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he is the No. 30 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 3.53 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally as a teaching assistant and as an audio-visual technician at his church.

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Eye on POY: South Carolina boys basketball

March, 19, 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.

Brice Johnson
Senior power forward, Edisto (Cordova, S.C.)

2011-12 Team record: 15-5
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in second round of Class 2A state tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 25.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 8.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-State selection. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Area selection. No. 30 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

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Return of the POY: South Carolina's Brice Johnson

January, 31, 2012
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Brice Johnson
School: Edisto (Cordova, S.C.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Power forward/center

Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 195 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 29 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2010-11 First Team All-State selection. 2010-11 First Team All-Region selection. 2010-11 First Team All-Area selection.
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