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Gatorade State-by-state Players of the Year announced

In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced state-by-state Boys Basketball players of the year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes each athlete as their state’s best high school boys basketball player.

Each recipient is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, and joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Dwight Howard (2003-04, SW Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington HS, Colo.), Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, Calif.), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood HS, Calif.) and Chris Bosh (2001-02, Lincoln HS, Texas).

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

StateNameHigh SchoolPositionYearCollege
AlaskaConnor DevineWasilla C2012South Dakota State
AlabamaCraig SwordCarverG2012Mississippi State
ArkansasArchie GoodwinSylvan HillsG2012Kentucky
ArizonaTim DerksenAmpitheaterG2012San Francisco
CaliforniaGrant JerrettLa Verne LutheranF2012Arizona
ColoradoJosh ScottLewis-PalmerC2012Colorado
ConnecticutKris DunnNew LondonG2012Providence
DCKris JenkinsGonzaga PrepF2013
DelawareEric LasterPolytechF2012
FloridaJoel BerryLake Highland PrepG2014
GeorgiaTony ParkerMiller GroveC2012
HawaiiDeForest BucknerPunahou SchoolC2012Oregon - Football
IowaMarcus PaigeLinn-MarG2012North Carolina
IdahoJoey NebekerMelbaF2012Boise State
IllinoisJabari ParkerSimeonF2013
IndianaGary HarrisHamilton SoutheasternG2012Michigan State
KansasPerry EllisWichita HeightsF2012Kansas
KentuckyNathan DieudonneTrinityF2012Boston
LouisianaRicardo GathersRiverside AcademyF2012Baylor
MassachusettsRene CastroWorcester AcademyG2013
MarylandJustin AndersonMontrose ChristianF2012Virginia
MaineGaret BealJonesport-BealsF2013
MichiganMatt CostelloBay City WesternC2012Michigan State
MinnesotaTyus JonesApple ValleyG2014
MissouriCameron BiedscheidCardinal RitterF2012Notre Dame
Mississippi Devonta PollardKemper CountyF2012
MontanaDanny RobisonBillings WestF2012Montana State
North CarolinaRodney PurvisUpper Room Christian AcademyG2012NC State
North DakotaDexter WernerBismarckF2012North Dakota State
NebraskaMike GesellSouth Sioux CityG2012Iowa
New HampshireTyler GendronMerrimackG2012
New JerseyTyler EnnisSt. Benedict's PrepG2012
New MexicoCullen NealEldoradoG2013St. Mary's
NevadaShabazz MuhammadBishop GormanF2012
New YorkOmar CalhounChrist the KingG2012Connecticut
OhioAdolphus WashingtonTaftF2012Ohio State - football
OklahomaStephen ClarkDouglassG2013
OregonCalvin HermansonLake OswegoF2013
PennsylvaniaAmile JeffersonFriends CentralF2012
Rhode IslandJarell LawsonCentralF2012
South CarolinaBrice JohnsonEdistoC2012North Carolina
South DakotaZach HansonT.F. RiggsF2013
TennesseeAlex PoythressClarksville NortheastF2012Kentucky
TexasMarcus SmartFlower Mound MarcusG2012Oklahoma State
UtahJordan LoverridgeWest JordanF2012Utah
VirginiaTyler LewisOak Hill AcademyG2012NC State
VermontMatt St. AmourMissisquoi Valley UnionG2013
WashingtonJordan ChatmanUnionG2012BYU
WisconsinSam DekkerSheboygan LutheranF2012Wisconsin
West VirginiaAndrew WigginsHuntington PrepF2014
WyomingJason McManamenTorringtonG2012Wyoming

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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