High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jonathan Williams III

Eye on POY: Tennessee boys basketball

March, 12, 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.

Alex Poythress
Senior forward, Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class AAA, Region 5 Tournament quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 28.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Kentucky (NLI)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American; Two-time Class 10-AAA District Player of the Year; Two-time Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist

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