Return of the POY: Pennsylvania's Amile Jefferson

Amile Jefferson is the returning Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Kelly Kline/ESPNHS

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Amile Jefferson

School: Friends Central School (Wynnewood, Pa.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Power forward

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 190 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 17 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2009-10 and 2010-11 First Team All-Friends League selection. 2009-10 and 2010-11 First Team All-Main Line Times selection. 2010 state tournament Most Valuable Player. Competed at 2010 adidas Nations Global Experience.


Academics: B average

College: Undecided

Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Police Athletic League and youth sports programs.

Seth Eilberg, head coach of rival The Hill School (Pottsville, Pa.): “He’s got good footwork and finishes in different ways around the hoop. He can also face up and shoot it, or put the ball on the floor. He was dominant both times we played them.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys basketball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Ryan Arcidiacono: Junior guard, Neshaminy (Langhorne, Pa.)

Brendan Kilpatrick: Junior guard, Malvern Prep (Pa.)

Savon Lloyd-Goodman: Junior forward, Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.)

Micah Mason: Junior guard, Highlands (Natrona Heights, Pa.)

Daniel Ochefu: Junior center, Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.