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: Brice Johnson
School: Edisto (Cordova, S.C.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: Johnson averaged 25.4 points, 14.3 rebounds, 8.3 blocks and three assists per game this past season, leading the Cougars (15-5) to the second round of the Class 2A state tournament. Also 2010-11 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he is the No. 30 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 3.53 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally as a teaching assistant and as an audio-visual technician at his church.
“Brice Johnson is a very motivated, energetic, determined and goal-driven young man,” said Bruce Beasley, head coach at Beaufort (S.C.). “He is an extremely hard worker on the court and in the classroom. What impresses me most about him his is basketball IQ, court awareness and knowledge of the game.”
THE FUTURE: Johnson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.