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: Tyler Gendron
School: Merrimack (N.H.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: Gendron led the Tomahawks to a 19-6 record and the Division I state title this past season. He averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks per game. Also the state’s 2012 Mr. Basketball as named by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, Gendron scored 10 points with nine rebounds in the state title-clinching win over Central (Manchester, N.H.).
Academic excellence: Gendron has maintained a 4.03 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the youth-empowerment Leo Club, as a math tutor and youth basketball coach.
“Tyler Gendron is an excellent player and has been a contributing varsity player since he was a sophomore,” said Jeff Gustavson, head coach at Londonderry (N.H.). “He has the versatility to make plays on the perimeter and in the post. When we played him he made some very tough shots to help his team win. We had to give him credit for making those shots when his team was down and they needed him.”
THE FUTURE: Gendron remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.