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

Louisiana Boys Hoop POY: Ricardo Gathers

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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Return of the POY, Ricardo Gathers, Louisiana, Riverside Academy
Andrew Shurtleff/ESPNHSRicardo Gathers is the returning Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
THE WINNER: Ricardo Gathers

THE BASICS

School: Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 240 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Gathers averaged 20.2 points, 17.0 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game this past season, leading the Rebels (33-10) to the Class 2A state championship game. He averaged 20.7 points, 16.2 rebounds and 3.9 blocks as a junior and 19.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a sophomore, leading Riverside Academy to the Class 2A state championship and capturing tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in both seasons. Also the state’s returning Mr. Basketball selection as named by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, Gathers participated in the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp and LeBron James Skills Academy this past summer.

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Eye on POY: Louisiana boys basketball

March, 19, 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.

Return of the POY, Ricardo Gathers, Louisiana, Riverside Academy
Andrew Shurtleff/ESPNHSRicardo Gathers is the returning Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Ricardo Gathers
Senior power forward, Riverside Academy
(Reserve, La.)

2011-12 Team record: 33-10 (Class 2A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 2A state final to John Curtis, 57-48

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 17.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Baylor University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Amassed 18 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out of the 57-48 state championship loss to Curtis. Faced five teams currently ranked on the ESPNHS FAB 50, averaging 18.2 points. Recorded 18.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League's Peach Jam this past summer. 2010-11 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 35 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 Mr. Basketball selection as named by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. 2011 Player of the Year as named by The Times-Picayune. 2010 and 2011 Class 2A Player of the Year as named by the LSWA. 2010 and 2011 Class 2A state championship game Most Valuable Player. 2010 and 2011 Class 2A state champion. 2009 Class C state champion. 2009 Class C state championship game MVP.

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Return of the POY: Louisiana's Ricardo Gathers

January, 27, 2012
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Return of the POY, Ricardo Gathers, Louisiana, Riverside Academy
Andrew Shurtleff/ESPNHSRicardo Gathers is the returning Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Ricardo Gathers
School: Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Power forward

Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 240 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 34 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2010-11 Mr. Louisiana Basketball selection as named by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. 2009-10 Class 2A Outstanding Player as named by the LSWA. Three-time state champion. Three-time state championship game Most Valuable Player.
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