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: Grant Jerrett
School: Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.)
Position: Power forward
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: Jerrett averaged 22.3 points, 10 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game this past season, leading the Trojans (25-8) to the CIF Division IV Southern Section quarterfinals. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, he is the No. 9 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Jerrett has maintained a 3.30 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and as a youth mentor and basketball coach.
“Grant Jerrett is an exceptional high school basketball player,” said Russell White, head coach at Crespi Carmelite (Los Angeles, Calif.). “When we played against him we were very physical and double-teamed him and tried to deny him the ball. He still had a double-double against us. I can’t think of anyone I saw this year who was better.”
THE FUTURE: Jerrett has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Arizona this fall.