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Eye on POY: North Dakota Boys Basketball

3/15/2012

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.

Mack Arvidson

Senior shooting guard/forward, Red River (Grand Forks, ND)

2011-12 Team record: 23-2

2011-12 Team standing: Won Class A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 20

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.6

2011-12 Assists per game: 2

2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3

2011-12 Steals per game: 1.8

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference; 2011 Second Team All-State; 2012 First Team All-State

Dexter Werner

Senior forward, Bismarck (ND)

2011-12 Team record: 21-4

2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class A quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.7

2011-12 Assists per game: 2

2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3

2011-12 Steals per game: 1.8

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: North Dakota State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011-12 Gatorade North Dakota Boys Basketball Player of the Year; 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference; 2010-2012 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Tournament

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.

A.J. Jacobson: Junior forward, Shanley (Fargo, ND)

Mac Kroeplin: Junior guard, Red River (Grand Forks, ND)

Devin Coyle: Senior guard, Mandan (ND)



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