High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Nathan Dieudonne

Kentucky Boys Hoop POY: Nathan Dieudonne

March, 22, 2012
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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: Nathan Dieudonne

THE BASICS

School: Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 200 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Dieudonne led the Shamrocks to a 35-3 record and the first boys’ basketball state championship in school history this past season. He amassed 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in the 71-53, title-clinching victory against Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.), capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. A returning Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Courier-Journal, Dieudonne averaged 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game. He shot 57.8 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and 79.4 percent from the free throw line.

Academic excellence: Dieudonne has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, Habitat for Humanity and Trinity’s Green Cross service-oriented club.

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Eye on POY: Kentucky boys basketball

March, 14, 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.

Nathan Dieudonne
Senior small forward, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)

2011-12 Team record: 31-3
2011-12 Team standing: No. 43 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50; Sweet Sixteen vs. Bullitt East on Friday

2011-12 Points per game: 13.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Boston University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in the district and regional tournaments. Produces 22.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per 32 minutes. Leads state's No. 1 ranked team in scoring and rebounding. Shooting 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. Scores his 13.5 points on just 8.5 shots per game. 2012 Seventh Region Player of the Year. 2011 Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Courier-Journal.

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