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.
Junior Guard, Lone Peak High (Highland, UT)
2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title
2011-12 Points per game: 21.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: BYU (verbal)
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 54 Junior by ESPNU; Back-to-back state titles; Class 5A MVP in 2011; Led state in 3-pointers made.
Senior Forward, West Jordan High (West Jordan, UT)
2011-12 Team record: 21-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to Lone Peak in Class 5A semifinal
2011-12 Points per game: 22.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 13.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Utah
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 95 Senior by ESPNU; Three-time First Team All-State; School single-game, season and career records for points, rebounds, blocks.
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.
Brandon Miller: Junior Guard, Brighton High (Salt Lake City, UT)
T.J. Haws: Sophomore Guard, Lone Peak High (Highland, UT)
Parker Van Dyke: Junior Guard, East High (Salt Lake City, UT)
Dalton Nixon: Sophomore Forward, Orem High (Orem, UT)
Marcel Davis: Senior Guard, American Fork High (American Fork, UT)
Austin Waddoups: Senior Guard, American Fork High (American Fork, UT)
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