High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jordan Chatman

Washington Boys Hoop POY: Jordan Chatman

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.

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THE WINNER: Jordan Chatman

THE BASICS

School: Union (Camas, Wash.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Chatman averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game this past season, leading the Titans (21-8) to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament. In three games at the state championships, he averaged 27.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists, including a full-court shot as time expired in the state semifinals, capturing tournament MVP honors. The State Player of the Year as named by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, Chatman shot 41.1 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from 3-point range.

Academic excellence: Chatman has maintained a 3.19 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to volunteering countless hours on behalf of his church, he will complete a two-year service mission in Taiwan upon finishing high school.

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Eye on POY: Washington boys basketball

March, 19, 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.

Jordan Chatman
Senior guard, Union (Camas, Wash.)

2011-12 Team record: 21-8 (Class 4A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 4A state semifinal to Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.), 52-51

2011-12 Points per game: 20.7
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.9

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Brigham Young University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 27.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists in three Class 4A state tournament games. Sunk a full-court shot as time expired in the 52-51 state semifinal loss to Central Valley. Played a schedule of opponents with a .576 winning percentage and 20 games against winning teams. No. 51 ranked point guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2012 State Player of the Year as named by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. 2012 First Team All-State selection as named by The Seattle Times and The News Tribune. 2012 Class 4A state tournament Most Valuable Player.

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