High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Khyan Rayner

Eye on POY: Oregon boys basketball

March, 19, 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.

Eye on POY, Landen Lucas, Westview, Oregon, girls
Quavondo/ESPNHSLanden Lucas earned an invite to this past summer's Nike Global Challenge in his home state.
Landen Lucas
Senior power forward, Westview (Portland, Ore.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-7
(Class 6A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 6A second round to David Douglas (Portland, Ore.), 54-53

2011-12 Points per game: 19.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 13.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.8
2011-12 Steals per game: 0.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Kansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Exploded for 32 points and 17 rebounds in a 66-47 blowout of Newberg (Ore.) during the first round of the Class 6A state tournament, and then was recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 54-53 loss to Douglas in the second round. Shot 54.3 percent from the field and 62.8 percent from the free throw line. No. 20 ranked power forward in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011-12 First Team All-State preseason selection as named by ESPNHS. 2011 Les Schwab Invitational First Team All-Tournament selection. 2011 Nike Global Challenge invitee. 2010 Third Team All-Metro League selection.

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