High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Miller Grove

Georgia Boys Hoop POY: Tony Parker

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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Tony Parker, Miller Grove, Georgia, boys
Ryan Gibson/ESPNHSTony Parker led Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) to the Class AAAA state title this past season.
THE WINNER: Tony Parker


School: Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Power forward/center
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 270 pounds


Athletic achievement: Parker led the Wolverines to a 23-9 record and the Class AAAA state championship this past season. He averaged 16.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and three blocks per game. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, Parker is the No. 21 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

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Eye on POY: Georgia Boys Basketball

March, 8, 2012
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.

Evan Nolte
Senior forward, Milton (GA)

2011-12 Team record: 26-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 5A semifinals on March 8

2011-12 Points per game: 17.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Virginia
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 54 in ESPNU 100; 2012 Beach Ball Classic MVP; 2012 All-Metro; 2012 All-Region

Tony Parker
Senior power forward, Miller Grove (Lithonia, GA)

2011-12 Team record: 22-9
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 4A state final on March 9

2011-12 Points per game: 16.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 0.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald's All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; Ranked No. 21 on ESPNU 100; Led Miller Grove to three straight Class AAAA state championships.

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.

Shaq Goodwin: Senior power forward, Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, GA)
Kenny Gaines: Senior guard, Whitefield Academy (Mabelton, GA)
Tony Bagtas: Junior point guard, Westlake (Union City, GA)

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.