High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Torrington High

Eye on POY: Wyoming Boys Basketball

March, 11, 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.

Jason McManamen
Senior shooting guard, Torrington (WY)

2011-12 Team record: 23-5
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 19.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Wyoming

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 Scottsbluff Herald Player of the Year;

Riley Ryan
Senior shooting guard, Sheridan (WY)

2011-12 Team record: 20-7
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 16.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Black Hills State

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

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.

Matt Eddington: Junior guard, Evanston (WY)
Chase Partridge: Senior forward, Powell (WY)
Cory Peck: Senior guard, Natrona County (Casper, WY)

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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