High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Centennial High

Eye on POY: Nevada 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.

Marcus Allen
Junior shooting guard, Centennial (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 24-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A regional semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Conference MVP; 2012 Team Captain

Shabazz Muhammad
Senior shooting guard, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 28-4
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 30.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year; 2012 Naismith High School Player of the Year; 2012 McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection;. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU; 2011 Elite 24 invitee; 2010-11 First Team All-American as named by ESPNHS; 2010-11 City of Palms All-Tournament selection; 2009-10 and 2010-11 Class 4A First Team All-State selection; 2009-2012 First Team All-Conference selection;

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.

Durrell McDonald: Senior guard, Green Valley (Henderson, NV)
Erik Brewer: Senior forward/center, Cimarron Memorial (Las Vegas, NV)
Justin Yamzon: Junior guard, Lake Mead (Henderson, NV)
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.

POY Potential: Top Minnesota volleyball recruits

October, 24, 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 PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

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

1. Wayzata High (Plymouth, Minn.) setter Julia Doyle
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 94
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Club: Minnesota Select
  • College: Oklahoma (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Doyle possesses the prototypical setter’s attributes. She’s a long, left-handed gym rat who has played club volleyball since 2nd grade. She has an enormous passion for the game, has very soft hands and a quick release and a knack and feel for the game that has been built over a lifetime of playing. Doyle is especially good at connecting with and using her middle blocker, and her teams’ attackers have always benefited from her ability to keep their opponents guessing about who would be set next. While all prep players have to adapt to the speed and power of collegiate volleyball, Doyle seems to possess the confidence, determination, and physicality to do so SOONER than most. These attributes should serve her well as she seeks to make an immediate impact for Oklahoma, where she has committed."

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