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: Jason McManamen
School: Torrington (Wyo.)
Position: Shooting guard
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: McManamen led the Trailblazers to a 23-5 record and the Class 3A state title this past season. He averaged 19.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. A two-time First Team All-State selection, McManamen scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the state title-clinching win over Star Valley (Afton, Wyo.).
Academic excellence: McManamen has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school newspaper’s editorial staff, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a youth basketball coach.
“McManamen is as coachable and hard-working a player as I have ever coached,” said Torrington head coach A.J. Gross. “As talented as he is, he also has tremendous character. It is my belief that his work ethic and personality are even more outstanding that his basketball skills.”
THE FUTURE: McManamen has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Wyoming this fall.