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: Jarell Lawson
School: Central (Providence, R.I.)
Athletic achievement: Lawson led the Knights to a 19-4 record and the Open State Tournament championship this past season. He averaged 19.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. A unanimous First Team All-Division I selection, Lawson was a Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association All-Star. He recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the state-title win over Hope (Providence, R.I.).
Academic excellence: Lawson has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and a youth basketball coach.
“Jarell Lawson can play any position on the floor,” said Jim Champion, head coach at South Kingstown (Wakefield, R.I.). “He helped bring the ball up, was a constant threat from the 3-point line and could drive or pull up for a jumper. He also could post down low and score inside. He was very well-rounded.”
THE FUTURE: Lawson remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.