High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mountain View High

Eye on POY: Arizona Boys Basketball

March, 7, 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.

Tim Derksen
Senior point guard, Amphitheater (Tucson, AZ)

2011-12 Team record: 30-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Division II state final

2011-12 Points per game: 22.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: San Francisco

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Tean All-State; led Amphitheater to three consecutive Division II state finals and a 114-16 record as a four-year starter

Camyn Boone
Senior forward, Mountain View (Mesa, AZ)

2011-12 Team record: 21-7
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in second round of Division I state tournament
2011-12 Points per game: 20.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Grand Canyon University
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Region; Led Mountain View to 2011 state championship

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.

Calaen Robinson: Senior guard, Corona del Sol (Tempe, AZ)
DeWayne Russell: Senior point guard, Peoria (AZ)
Kenny Martin: Senior center, Kellis (Glendale, AZ)

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.

Eye on POY: Oregon 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: Steven Long
file photo/ESPNHSSteven Long leads Oregon's No. 1 ranked team into the Class 6A state tournament.
Steven Long
Senior running back, Lake Oswego (Ore.)

2011 Team record: 9-0
2011 Team standing: Class 6A first round vs. Reynolds on Nov. 11

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 177-1,328 (7.5)-22 [through 8 games]

Academics: 3.14 GPA
Collegiate destination: Portland State University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Team ranked No. 1 in the state. Named ESPNHS Regional Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after rushing for 423 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-46 win over Skyline. 2010 Class 5A state championship game Most Valuable Player.

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