Eye on POY: New York boys basketball

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.

Omar Calhoun

Senior Guard, Christ the King High (Middle Village, NY)

2011-12 Team record: 19-8

2011-12 Team standing: Lost in CHSAA quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 26.0

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.0

2011-12 Assists per game: 3.0

2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Connecticut

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: CHSAA Player of the Year; First Team All-State; Ranked No. 52 Senior by ESPNU; School's career scoring leader.

Daniel Dingle

Senior Forward, St. Raymond's High (Bronx, NY)

2011-12 Team record: 21-9

2011-12 Team standing: Won CHSAA title; Plays in N.Y. Federation semifinals, 3/23

2011-12 Points per game: 18.6

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.1

2011-12 Assists per game: 4.9

2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.0

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Temple

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-CHSAA; City of Palms All-Tournament Team; First Team All-City.

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.

Dajuan Coleman: Senior Center, Jamesville-Dewitt High (Dewitt, NY)

Isaiah Cousins: Senior Guard, Mt. Vernon High (Mt. Vernon, NY)

Isaiah Whitehead: Sophomore Guard, Lincoln High (Brooklyn, NY)

Tyler Cavanaugh: Senior Forward, Jamesville-Dewitt High (Dewitt, NY)

Leroy Fludd: Senior Forward, Boys & Girls High (Brooklyn, NY)

Joe Lufkin: Junior Guard, Argyle High (Argyle, NY)

Christopher Obekpa: Senior Forward, Our Saviour New American School (Centereach, NY)

Reggie Agbeko: Senior Forward, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (Buffalo, NY)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.