High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Post Falls

Eye on POY: Idaho 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 Nebeker
Senior forward, Melba (ID)

2011-12 Team record: 16-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in third round of Class 2A district tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 22.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boise State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Western Idaho Conference co-Player of the Year; 2011 Class 2A Player of the Year; 2011 Idaho Press-Tribune First Team All-Area,

Marcus Colbert
Senior point guard, Post Falls (ID)

2011-12 Team record: 21-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A state final

2011-12 Points per game: 16
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Montana State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-League

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.

Isaiah Wright: Sophomore, Borah (Boise, ID)
Sean McCarthy: Senior, Idaho Falls (ID)
Ben Tucackvic: Senior, Borah (Boise, ID)

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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