High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jamal Lewis

Eye on POY: D.C. boys basketball

March, 19, 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.

Eye on POY, Jamal Lewis, Sidwell Friends School, Washington D.C., boys
Mike Loveday/ESPNHSJamal Lewis is a top-50 ranked point guard by ESPNU in the Class of 2012.
Jamal Lewis
Senior point guard, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-7 (Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost MAC semifinal to St. James (Md.), 77-72

2011-12 Points per game: 17.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Pennsylvania

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Amassed 25 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the 77-72 conference semifinal loss to St. James. His 17.2 points and 5.2 assists accounted for 42.5 percent of Sidwell's 65.0 points per game. Owns school's career assists and steals records. No. 47 ranked point guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. Three-time All-Conference selection. Two-time returning Honorable Mention All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post.

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