High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kris Dunn

Connecticut Boys Hoop POY: Kris Dunn

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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Gatorade POY, boys, Kris Dunn, New London, Connecticut
Christopher Beauchamp/ESPNHSKris Dunn is the No. 24 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
THE WINNER: Kris Dunn

THE BASICS

School: New London (Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 pounds

THE PILLARS

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.

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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.

Kris Dunn
Senior guard, New London (CT)

2011-12 Team record: 23-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class LL semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 31.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12
2011-12 Assists per game: 5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Providence

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2011 New Haven Register MVP

Timajh Parker

Senior power forward, St. Joseph (Trumbull, CT)

2011-12 Team record: 22-1
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class LL state final on March 17

2011-12 Points per game: 19.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Towson

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 Team Captain; 2011 First Team All-Conference

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.

James Jennings: Senior point guard, St. Joseph (Trumbull, CT)
Ricardo Ledo: Senior forward, South Kent (CT)
Terry Tarpey: Senior forward, Fairfield Prep (CT)

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.

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