High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Joey Nebeker

Idaho Boys Hoop POY: Joey Nebeker

March, 22, 2012
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: Joey Nebeker


School: Melba (Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 200 pounds


Athletic achievement: Nebeker averaged 22.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, three steals, 2.7 blocks and 2.5 assists per game this past season, leading the Mustangs (16-6) to the third round of the Class 2A district tournament. The 2012 Western Idaho Conference co-Player of the Year, he helped Melba capture consecutive Class 2A state titles in 2010 and 2011.

Academic excellence: Nebeker has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner of his church community, he has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor, on behalf of a literacy-outreach initiative and as part of multiple food and clothing drives for needy families.

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Eye on POY: Idaho Boys Basketball

March, 10, 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.

Joel Nebeker
Senior forward, Melba (ID)

2011-12 Team record: 16-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in third round of Class 2A district tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 22.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boise State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Western Idaho Conference co-Player of the Year; 2011 Class 2A Player of the Year; 2011 Idaho Press-Tribune First Team All-Area,

Marcus Colbert
Senior point guard, Post Falls (ID)

2011-12 Team record: 21-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A state final

2011-12 Points per game: 16
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Montana State

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

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.

Isaiah Wright: Sophomore, Borah (Boise, ID)
Sean McCarthy: Senior, Idaho Falls (ID)
Ben Tucackvic: Senior, Borah (Boise, ID)

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.