High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Montverde Academy

Eye on POY: Florida Boys Basketball

March, 10, 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.

Joel Berry
Sophomore point guard, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, FL)

2011-12 Team record: 29-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A state final

2011-12 Points per game: 23.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.8
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 MaxPreps.com Freshman All-American; No. 8 ranked point guard in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com; 2011 Winter Park Rotary MVP; 2012 Kingdom of the Sun Holiday Tourney All-Tournament Team

Michael Frazier
Senior guard, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL)

2011-12 Team record: 21-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in ESPNHS National Invitational on March 29

2011-12 Points per game: 16
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Florida

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Montverde Academy Tournament MVP; 2012 Kingdom of the Sun Holiday Tourney All-Tournament Team

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.

Kasey Hill: Junior guard, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL)
Traveon Henry: Senior point guard, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Joel James: Senior center, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

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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