High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Worcester Academy

Massachusetts Boys Hoop POY: Rene Castro

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.

THE WINNER: Rene Castro


School: Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-1


Athletic achievement: Castro averaged 23.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game this past season, leading the Hilltoppers (15-11) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA Tournament quarterfinals. The MVP of the BCD Holiday Hoops Tournament, he scored more than 20 points on 16 occasions and knocked down 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers (43-for-103) for the season.

Academic excellence: Castro has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a tutor at a homeless shelter, as part of a literacy-outreach program and as a youth basketball coach.

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Eye on POY: Massachusetts boys basketball

March, 16, 2012
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.

Rene Castro
Junior guard, Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.)

2011-12 Team record: 15-11
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 23.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: BCD Holiday Hoops Tournament MVP; National Prep Showcase All-Tournament Team

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