High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jason McManamen

Wyoming Boys Hoop POY: Jason McManamen

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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Jason McManamen

THE BASICS

School: Torrington (Wyo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 185 pounds

THE PILLARS

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.

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Eye on POY: Wyoming Boys Basketball

March, 11, 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.

Jason McManamen
Senior shooting guard, Torrington (WY)

2011-12 Team record: 23-5
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 19.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Wyoming

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 Scottsbluff Herald Player of the Year;

Riley Ryan
Senior shooting guard, Sheridan (WY)

2011-12 Team record: 20-7
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 16.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Black Hills State

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

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.

Matt Eddington: Junior guard, Evanston (WY)
Chase Partridge: Senior forward, Powell (WY)
Cory Peck: Senior guard, Natrona County (Casper, WY)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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