High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Hopkins

Eye on POY: Minnesota boys basketball

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
11:15
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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.

Eye on POY, Siyani Chambers, Hopkins, Minnesota, boys
file photo/ESPNHSSiyani Chambers could lead Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) to four consecutive Class AAAA state titles in his prep career.
Siyani Chambers
Senior guard, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)

2011-12 Team record: 27-1 (Class AAAA)
2011-12 Team standing: Class AAAA state tournament begins on March 22

2011-12 Points per game: 16.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 2.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Harvard University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Hopkins finished 7-0 in seven games against teams ranked in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's top 10. Shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 81.0 percent from the free throw line. No. 45 ranked point guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011-12 ESPNHS First Team All-State preseason selection. 2011 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State selection. 2011 Class AAAA All-Tournament selection. 2009, 2010 and 2011 Class AAAA state champion.

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Eye on POY: Minnesota girls basketball

March, 1, 2012
3/01/12
6:38
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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.

Eye on POY, Nia Coffey, Hopkins, girls, Minnesota
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSJunior forward Nia Coffey has led Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) to 39th on the ESPNHS FAB 50.
Nia Coffey
Junior forward, Hopkins
(Minnetonka, Minn.)

2011-12 Team record: 23-1
(Class AAAA)
2011-12 Team standing: Class AAAA state tournament begins on March 15; No. 39 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011-12 Points per game: 15.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.3

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Northwestern University (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 23.0 points, 14.1 rebounds, 4.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 2.2 assists per 32 minutes. Shooting 46 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the free throw line. No. 43 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS. 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team trials roster. 2011 Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by the Associated Press. 2011 First Team All-Lake Conference selection. 2011 All-Tournament selection. 2011 Class AAAA state champion.

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