High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Hamilton Southeastern

Indiana Boys Hoop POY: Gary Harris

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.

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THE WINNER: Gary Harris

THE BASICS

School: Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Harris averaged 25.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.7 assists per game this past season, leading the Royals (22-3) to the Class 4A sectional final. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, he is the No. 11 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a 3.55 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.

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Eye on POY: Indiana Boys Basketball

March, 17, 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.

Gary Harris
Senior shooting guard, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)

2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A sectional final

2011-12 Points per game: 25.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Michigan State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; Ranked No. 11 by ESPNU 100; 2010-2012 First Team All-State

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Eye on POY: Indiana girls basketball

February, 29, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls 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.

Stephanie Mavunga
Junior forward, Brownsburg (Ind.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A Ben Davis Sectional first round

2011-12 Points per game: 21.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 5.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds to help lead United States to gold medal at FIBA Americas U16 Championships; HoopGurlz No. 15-rated prospect in Class of 2013; 2011 Third Team All-State

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Eye on POY: Indiana girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Hannah Miller
Senior forward, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)

2011 Team record: 20-1-2 (Class 2A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 2A state championship game

2011 Goals: 22
2011 Assists: 7
2011 Points per game: 1.26
Career goals: 54
Career assists: 27

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Eastern Illinois University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied five goals in seven postseason games for Hamilton Southeastern, including a hat trick in a 5-1 state quarterfinal victory against Leo (Ind.). Directly involved in 29 of the Royals’ 96 goals (30.2 percent). 2011 NSCAA All-American selection. 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association.

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