High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lone Peak

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.

Nick Emery
Junior Guard, Lone Peak High (Highland, UT)

2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 21.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: BYU (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 54 Junior by ESPNU; Back-to-back state titles; Class 5A MVP in 2011; Led state in 3-pointers made.

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Return of the POY: Utah's Nick Emery

January, 31, 2012
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Nick Emery
School: Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)

Grade: Junior
Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 180 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 54 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNU. Led the Knights (24-1) to the 2011 Class 5A state championship. 2010-11 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2010-11 Class 5A Most Valuable Player as named by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune. 2009-10 Second Team All-State selection. 2009-10 All-Valley Offensive Player of the Year.
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Utah Football POY: Chase Hansen

December, 1, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.

Eye on POY: Chase Hansen
file photo/ESPNHSLone Peak QB Chase Hansen is Utah's top-rated senior quarterback recruit.
THE WINNER: Chase Hansen

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Grade: Senior
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 210 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Hansen led the Knights to a 14-0 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. He passed for 3,090 yards and 38 touchdowns, completing 192-of-317 attempts. A returning Class 5A Second Team All-State selection as named by the Deseret News, Hansen also rushed for 1,410 yards and 17 touchdowns on 181 carries. In a 41-21 shootout against Fremont (Ogden, Utah) in the state title game, he completed 16-of-31 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

Academic excellence: Hansen has maintained a 3.89 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, Hansen has volunteered as a peer tutor for special education students and as part of multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of his church.

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Eye on POY: Utah football

November, 7, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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: Chase Hansen
file photo/ESPNHSLone Peak QB Chase Hansen is Utah's top-rated senior quarterback recruit.
Chase Hansen
Senior quarterback/safety, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Class 5A state semifinal vs. Jordan on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 151-250 (60.4)-2,359
2011 TDs-INTs: 25-5
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 137-1,001 (7.3)-11

2011 Tackles: 14

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Utah (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Owns a 168.66 NCAA Pass Efficiency Rating. Averages 8.7 yards per touch and a touchdown every 10.8 touches. Totaled 435 yards and seven scores in first two rounds of 2011 Class 5A state tournament. No. 43 ranked QB in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2010 Class 5A Second Team All-State selection as named by the Deseret News.

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