High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: East Greenwich

Rhode Island Baseball POY: David Hopkins

May, 30, 2012
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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: David Hopkins

THE BASICS

School: East Greenwich (R.I.)
Grade: Junior
Position: SS/RHP
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hopkins led the Avengers to a 9-10 record and a berth in the Division 1 state tournament, scheduled to begin May 29. A returning First Team All-State and two-time First Team All-Division selection, he batted .370 with one home run and 18 RBI through his first 19 games. Hopkins collected 20 walks and scored 19 runs while producing a .551 on-base percentage and .537 slugging percentage. He owned a 4-4 record with a 3.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts against 14 walks in 48 innings pitched.

Academic excellence: Hopkins has maintained a 3.16 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: A survivor of leukemia, he has donated his time as a youth sports instructor for the past two summers.

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Eye on POY: Rhode Island baseball

May, 24, 2012
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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.

David Hopkins
Junior shortstop/right-handed pitcher, East Greenwich (R.I.)

2012 Team record: 9-10
2012 Team standing: Division I regional tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .380
2012 RBI: 17
2012 Runs: 18

2012 W-L record: 4-3
2012 ERA: 3.36
2012 Strikeouts: 46

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of Rhode Island (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Opponents walked him 20 times in 76 plate appearances. Nine steals in nine attempts. 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Division selection. 2011 Area Code Games invitee.

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