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.
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THE WINNER: Eric Laster
School: Polytech (Woodside, Del.)
Weight: 195 pounds
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.
“Eric Laster is very special talent,” said Stephen Wilson, head coach at Dover (Del.). “He is as good a player as there is in the state but even more than that he is an exemplary citizen on and off the court.
THE FUTURE: Laster remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.