High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Taft

Ohio Boys Hoop POY: Adolphus Washington

March, 22, 2012
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.

Gatorade POY, Adolphus Washington, Taft, Ohio, boys
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSAdolphus Washington is headed to Ohio State on a football scholarship.
THE WINNER: Adolphus Washington


School: Taft (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Grade: Senior
Position: Center/power forward
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 240 pounds


Athletic achievement: Washington averaged 23.1 points, 14.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this past season, leading the Senators (19-4) to the Division II quarterfinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he was named the 2012 Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Washington has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Ohio football recruits

October, 12, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Ifeadi Odenigbo
file photo/ESPNHSIfeadi Odenigbo is Ohio's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Centerville High (Centerville, Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 51
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 212 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.62 40-yard dash; 33.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: Run defense, pass rushing, disruptiveness, pursuit
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Odenigbo is a fun kid to watch and it seems a real handful to face. He is a high school defensive end and while a move to outside linebacker could very likely be in his future he could be a heck of an end if he can add more bulk. He is a kid with good height, but is lean and needs more size. He seems to be a muscular and wiry kid, but you would still like to see him try and add more weight. While he can seem a little lean for the end position, don't write him off. This is a physical kid who displays good raw strength and plays bigger."

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