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: Kris Dunn
School: New London (Conn.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: Dunn averaged 31.4 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks per game this past season, leading the Whalers (23-3) to the Class LL semifinals. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, he is the No. 24 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Dunn has maintained a 3.23 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and tutor and as a youth sports coach.
“Kris Dunn has been a pleasure to coach during his four years as a varsity starter,” said New London head coach Craig Parker. “He works extremely hard in the classroom and his passion for basketball is unsurpassed by anyone I’ve known in my 25 years of coaching.”
THE FUTURE: Dunn has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Providence College this fall.