The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.
Name: Tim Massado
School: St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Del.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 2011-12 Preseason All-State selection as named by ESPNHS. Led Vikings (19-4) to the 2010-11 state semifinals.
Academics: 3.95 GPA
College: School Name (commitment)
Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of America and as a youth basketball coach.
Dick Rago, head coach of St. Elizabeth: “Tim Massado is the type of player every coach wants to have on his team. He wants the ball at crunch time and he distributes it just as well. He’s an incredibly smart basketball player.”
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys basketball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.
Deon Edwin: Junior guard, Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.)
Andre Patton: Sophomore forward, St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Del.)
A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU recruit rankings.
To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.