High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Taft High

Eye on POY: Ohio 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.

Justin Fritts
Senior shooting guard, Mentor (OH)

2011-12 Team record: 22-2
2011-12 Team standing: Will begin Division I state tournament on March 15

2011-12 Points per game: 26.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.5

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Wheeling Jesuit

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 Second Team All-State; 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference

Adolphus Washington
Senior center/power forward, Taft (Cincinnati, OH)

2011-12 Team record: 18-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will begin Division II state tournament on March 15

2011-12 Points per game: 23.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Ohio State (football)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010-2012 First Team All-Conference

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.

Terry Rozier: Senior point guard, Shaker Heights (OH)
Josh Lemons: Senior guard, La Salle (Cincinnati, OH)
Kenny Kaminski: Senior forward, Medina (OH)

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.

Eye on POY: Ohio football

November, 15, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Maty Mauk
file photo/ESPNHSMaty Mauk is a top candidate for Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year
Maty Mauk
Senior quarterback, Kenton (Ohio)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Division IV state quarterfinal vs. Genoa Area on Saturday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 316-457 (69.1)-4,487
2011 TDs-INTs: 58-10

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 190-1,500 (7.9)-16

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Missouri (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Became the nation’s career record-holder for passing yards (17,869) , total yards (21,046), passing attempts (1,974), completions (1,272) and touchdown passes (208). 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year. 2008-2011 First Team All-State selection. No. 15 ranked quarterback in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU;

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