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.
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THE WINNER: Matt St. Amour
School: Missisquoi Valley Union (Swanton, Vt.)
Athletic achievement: St. Amour averaged 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season, leading the Thunderbirds (11-10) to the Division I state tournament. The two-time Lake Division Player of the Year, he is a member of the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen and already holds the school career record for points, with 1,388.
Academic excellence: St. Amour has maintained 4.13 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a soccer standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and has raised funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.
“He plays under control and can finish on either side of the basket, and he’s also got great range,” said Peter Quinn, head coach at Vergennes Union (Vergennes, Vt.). “You have to defend him as soon as he gets one or two dribbles over half-court.”
THE FUTURE: St. Amour will begin his senior year of high school this fall.