High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Douglass High

Eye on POY: Oklahoma Boys Basketball

March, 14, 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.

Stephen Clark
Junior point guard, Douglass (Oklahoma, OK)

2011-12 Team record: 24-3
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 29
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5
2011-12 Assists per game: 13
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 and 2012 Class 4A state tournament MVP; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-State; ESPNHS Player of the Week for Jan. 11

Juwan Parker
Junior shooting guard, Washington (Tulsa, OK)

2011-12 Team record: 22-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A area tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 20.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Metro; 2011 Tulsa World Player of the Year;

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.

C.J. Cole: Senior forward, Sperry (OK)
James Woodard: Senior forward, Edmond Memorial (Edmond, OK)
Garrett Butler: Senior guard, Burlington (OK)

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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