High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Twymond Howard

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.

Twymond Howard
Senior Forward, Pearl High (Pearl, MS)

2011-12 Team record: 27-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in South State semifinal

2011-12 Points per game: 25.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.8

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UTEP

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen; Second Team All-Metro in 2011.

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