High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Eric Laster

Delaware Boys Hoop POY: Eric Laster

March, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Eric Laster

THE BASICS

School: Polytech (Woodside, Del.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Laster averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three assists per game this past season, leading the Panthers (20-4) to the state tournament quarterfinals. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, he scored a game-high 15 points in a 55-36 win over Smyrna (Del.) to help Polytech capture the 2012 Henlopen Conference championship.

Academic excellence: Laster has maintained an 88.7 average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and the annual AIDS Walk Delaware.

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Eye on POY: Delaware Boys Basketball

March, 16, 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.

Eric Laster
Senior forward, Poly (Woodside, DE)

2011-12 Team record: 20-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in state quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 22
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference

Tim Massado
Senior point guard, St. Elizabeth's (Wilmington, DE)

2011-12 Team record: 14-8
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in second round of state tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 23.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011-12 Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year; 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference

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.

Andre Horne: Senior shooting guard, Newark (DE)
Khallid Hart: Senior shooting guard, Sanford (Newark, DE)
Tyaire Hudson: Senior point guard, Hodgson Vo-Tech (Newark, DE)

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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