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Michael Gilchrist is Mr. Basketball USA

Three-time All-American from St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) edges Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers to become third ever national selection from New Jersey and first since 2001

Originally Published: April 11, 2011
By Ronnie Flores | ESPNHS.com

When researching this year's top three national player of the year candidates, dizzying amounts of stats and comparisons made choosing a winner extremely difficult. The process needed to be simplified. Two factors stand out on the resume of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that don't show up in box scores: never taking a possession off and being a team leader on a top national program. Among today's young players, playing hard is a skill and the 6-foot-7 forward from St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) combined ...

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