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Return of the POY: D.C.'s Nate Britt

Nate Britt is the returning Gatorade Washington D.C. 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: Nate Britt

School: Gonzaga College

(Washington, D.C.)

Grade: Junior

Position: Point guard

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 165 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington D.C. Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 2010-11 First Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference selection. 2009-10 Honorable Mention All-WCAC selection. No. 18 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNU. Led the Eagles (24-7) to the 2010-11 WCAC championship game.

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Academics: B average

College: University of North Carolina (verbal)

Extracurricular activities: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of a local homeless shelter.

Damon Handon, head coach of the D.C. Assault Amateur Athletic Union program’s 17U team: “Nate Britt had a great season. He led his team within three points of the WCAC championship. He makes everyone around him better. He can also score. He’s a vocal leader, and he’s very, very confident."

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.

Maurice Jeffers: Junior center, Calvin Coolidge (Washington, D.C.)

Kris Jenkins: Junior guard/forward, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)

Jamal Lewis: Junior shooting guard, Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.)

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.