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THE WINNER: Josh Langford
School: Madison (Ala.) Academy
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: Heled the Mustangs (23-12) to the Class 3A state championship this past season. Langford averaged 23.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The returning Class 3A Player of the Year as named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, Langford shot 48 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. He amassed 21 points, 19 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in a 54-47 title-clinching win over Southside (Selma, Ala.).
Academic excellence: Langford has maintained a 3.17 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Junior Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church, as a youth basketball instructor and at Madison’s Downtown Rescue Mission to feed the homeless.
“He is just a hard worker, and unfortunately for us he’s a freshman,” said Garth Garris, head coach of rival Elkmont (Ala.). “The reason I like Josh is because he is one of the best defenders in addition to being a scorer. He is a great defender and a great rebounder. He was tough to defend because of his driving ability. We’d stop the drive, and he hit six 3’s. He shares the ball well, too.”
THE FUTURE: Langford will be a sophomore next year.