High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lewis-Palmer

Colorado Boys Hoop POY: Josh Scott

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, Josh Scott, Colorado, Boys, Lewis-Palmer
Eric Bellamy/ESPNHSJosh Scott led Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.) to the Class 4A state title this past season.
THE WINNER: Josh Scott

THE BASICS

School: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 220 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Scott led the Rangers to a 27-1 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. He amassed 23 points and five rebounds in a 44-43, title-clinching victory against Sierra (Colorado Springs, Colo.), capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. A returning Class 4A First Team All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, Scott averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He shot 72.3 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.

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Eye on POY: Colorado boys basketball

March, 14, 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.

Josh Adams
Senior guard, Chaparral (Parker, Colo.)

2011-12 Team record: 25-3 (Class 5A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class 5A state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 18.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Wyoming

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Made a miraculous tip-in at the buzzer to defeat Arapahoe 69-67 in the Class 5A state championship game. Totaled 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the title game. Shot 47 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line. Named 2012 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2011 Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Denver Post.

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