High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Eldorado High

Eye on POY: New Mexico 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.

Bryce Alford
Junior guard, La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM)

2011-12 Team record: 25-6
2011-12 Team standing: Next game; ESPNHS ranking

2011-12 Points per game: 24.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: New Mexico (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 and 2012 All-Tournament selection; 2011 Second Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 First Team All-Metro;

Cullen Neal
Junior guard, Eldorado (Albuquerque, NM)

2011-12 Team record: 22-8
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 27.7
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: St. Mary's (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation:

2012 District Player of the Year; 2011 and 2012 All-Tournament selection; 2011 First Team All-District; 2011 Second Team All-State;

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.


Arren Wells: Senior forward/center, Hope Christian (Albuquerque, NM)
Mando Marshall: Senior forward, Las Cruces (NM)
Matthew Barela: Junior forward, St. Michaels (Santa Fe, NM)

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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