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: Tony Parker
School: Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
Position: Power forward/center
Weight: 270 pounds
Athletic achievement: Parker led the Wolverines to a 23-9 record and the Class AAAA state championship this past season. He averaged 16.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and three blocks per game. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, Parker is the No. 21 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
Academic excellence: Parker has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and has participated in food and clothing drives for needy families.
“Tony Parker has been a force in our region for the last two years,” said Adam Griffin, head coach at Dunwoody (Ga.). “His game has improved each year and he consistently plays hard no matter the outcome of the game.”
THE FUTURE: Parker remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.