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: Tyler Ennis
School: St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.)
Athletic achievement: Ennis has led the Gray Bees to a 33-2 record, a No. 15 ranking in the ESPNHS Fab 50 and a berth in the ESPNHS High School Invitational, scheduled for March 29. Through 35 games, Ennis averaged 15.2 points, 7.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals. A member of Canada’s U-19 Men’s National Team, he is rated as the nation’s No. 41 recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Ennis has maintained a 3.29 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally assisting the homeless.
“Ennis has strength and size and he does all the things a coach could want him to do,” said Billy Armstrong, head coach at Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.). “He can shoot it, and he runs his team well. He’s just a really good point guard with a very athletic body.”
THE FUTURE: Ennis will begin his senior year of high school this fall.