High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Tamron Manning

Eye on POY: Kentucky 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.

Nathan Dieudonne
Senior small forward, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)

2011-12 Team record: 31-3
2011-12 Team standing: No. 43 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50; Sweet Sixteen vs. Bullitt East on Friday

2011-12 Points per game: 13.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Boston University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in the district and regional tournaments. Produces 22.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per 32 minutes. Leads state's No. 1 ranked team in scoring and rebounding. Shooting 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. Scores his 13.5 points on just 8.5 shots per game. 2012 Seventh Region Player of the Year. 2011 Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Courier-Journal.

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