Mississippi Boys Hoop POY: Devonta Pollard

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: Devonta Pollard


School: Kemper County (DeKalb, Miss.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-7


Athletic achievement: Pollard led the Wildcats to a 28-8 record and the Class 3A state championship this past season. He averaged 23.8 points, 15.7 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game, and notched a triple-double in the state championship game win over Booneville (Miss.). A two-time member of the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen, he has been selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Academic excellence: Pollard has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has served on the student council and helped coordinate the “Hooping for Jesus” fundraiser, which benefitted local youth groups.


“Pollard is great in the open floor, an excellent finisher and he has a very efficient pull-up jump shot. He loves to attack the basket,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director, ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “Defensively, he has an uncanny ability to block shots with his timing and quickness off the floor.”

THE FUTURE: Pollard remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.