High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Zak Showalter

Eye on POY: Wisconsin boys basketball

March, 14, 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.

Eye on POY, Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, Sheboygan Area Lutheran, boys
Dave Telep/ESPNHSSam Dekker is ESPNU's No. 25 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012.
Sam Dekker
Senior guard/forward, Sheboygan Area Lutheran (Sheboygan, Wis.)

2011-12 Team record: 23-4 (Division 5)
2011-12 Team standing: Division 5 state semifinals vs. Chippewa Falls McDonnell Central on Thursday

2011-12 Points per game: 32.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 13.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.6

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Wisconsin

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Shooting 63.4 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from 3-point range and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. Scored 58 points in an 80-73 victory against Random Lake (Wis.), just missing a top-10 performance in state history. Became just the fifth Wisconsin prep player to eclipse 2,500 career points. No. 25 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic invitee. 2011 Division 5 Player of the Year as named by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. 2011 Player of the Year as named by the Sheboygan Press. 2011 Second Team All-State selection as named by the Associated Press. 2011 Adidas Nations championship team member. 2011 NBA Top 100 Camp invitee. 2010 AP Honorable Mention All-State selection.

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