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: Kris Jenkins
School: Gonzaga College
Weight: 250 pounds
Athletic achievement: Jenkins averaged 19.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game this past season, leading the Eagles (27-7) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game and a fourth-place finish at the national Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. Also the WCAC Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-WCAC selection, he captured tournament Most Valuable Player honors at this winter’s Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia, Basketball Hall of Fame Spalding Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts and the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic in South Carolina.
Academic excellence: Jenkins has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of a local homeless shelter.
“Kris Jenkins was a dominating player in our league this season,” said Marty Keithline, head coach at Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.). “He is a dual-threat player who can efficiently score in the paint as well as step out and hit the 3-point shot. Jenkins must be kept off of the offensive glass, as he works for position well and has a knack for getting his hands on offensive boards.”
THE FUTURE: Jenkins will begin his senior year of high school this fall.