High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Massachusetts Baseball POY: Rhett Wiseman

May, 30, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Rhett Wiseman


School: Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
(Cambridge, Mass.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Centerfielder
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200 pounds


Athletic achievement: Wiseman led the Knights to a 16-5 record entering the Etter/Croke Invitational, scheduled for Friday. Through 21 games, he owned a .444 batting average with eight home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored. A First Team Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American, Wiseman is also a three-time First Team All-League honoree and is ranked as the nation’s No. 42 senior as rated by ESPNHS.

Academic excellence: Wiseman has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The president of his school’s senior class, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs and has raised funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Chris Shaw
Senior Pitcher/First Baseman, Lexington High (Lexington, MA)

2012 Team record: 10-6
2012 Team standing: Plays Winchester, May 18

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 20
2012 Home runs: 7

2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 1.20
2012 Strikeouts: 76

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Boston College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic; Selected to Area Code Games; Three-time All-League.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Mass. football recruits

September, 22, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Camren Williams
file photo/ESPNHSCamren Williams is Massachusetts' No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Catholic Memorial High (West Roxbury, Mass.) linebacker Camren Williams

  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 210 pounds
  • College: Penn State (verbal)
  • Traits: Diagnosing skills, outside run support, tackling, coverage skills
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Williams is very productive on both sides of the ball both as a receiver and linebacker. However we feel his size and athleticism are better suited for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition; demonstrates very good open field tackling skills which should be beneficial as a special team's coverage player."

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