The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Senior power forward, Edisto (Cordova, S.C.)
2011-12 Team record: 15-5
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in second round of Class 2A state tournament
2011-12 Points per game: 25.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 8.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-State selection. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Area selection. No. 30 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
Junior shooting guard, Lancaster (S.C.)
2011-12 Team record: 24-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 4A state quarterfinals
2011-12 Points per game: 26
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.2
Collegiate destination: HS Junior
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A Player of the Year. 2012 First Team All-State Selection. No. 47 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNU.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Davaris McGowens: Junior forward, Eastside(Taylors, S.C.)
Labrian Shiflet: Junior guard, Greer (S.C.)
Marcus Stroman: Sophomore point guard, Kennan (S.C.)
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