High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Matt St. Amour

Vermont Boys Hoop POY: Matt St. Amour

March, 22, 2012
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: Matt St. Amour


School: Missisquoi Valley Union (Swanton, Vt.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-3


Athletic achievement: St. Amour averaged 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season, leading the Thunderbirds (11-10) to the Division I state tournament. The two-time Lake Division Player of the Year, he is a member of the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen and already holds the school career record for points, with 1,388.

Academic excellence: St. Amour has maintained 4.13 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a soccer standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and has raised funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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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.

Tom Lacy
Senior Guard, Mt. Mansfield Union High (Jericho, VT)

2011-12 Team record: 23-1
2011-12 Team standing: Won Div. I state title

2011-12 Points per game: 15.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Team-high 11 points, 10 rebounds in state final; Second four-year starter in program history.

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