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: Tim Derksen
School: Amphitheater (Tucson, Ariz.)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: Derksen averaged 22.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game this past season, leading the Panthers (30-4) to the Division II state final. The 2011-12 Division II Arizona Basketball Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year, he helped Amphitheater to a 114-16 record as a four-year varsity starter.
Academic excellence: Derksen has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and basketball coach.
“Tim Derksen is as complete a player as I’ve seen in Tucson in a long time,” said Mike Parillo, head coach at Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.). “His abilities to handle the ball, rebound, defend, shoot and make his teammates better around him are a lost art with today’s high school players. He is a very unselfish player who has helped his team win a lot of basketball games throughout his four years at the varsity level.”
THE FUTURE: Derksen has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of San Francisco this fall.