The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: De’Aaron Fox
School: Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 32.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.6 blocks per game this past season, leading the Spartans (25-8) to the Class 6A, Region 3 championship game. A finalist for the Naismith Trophy Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Fox was selected to participate in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. He concluded his prep basketball career with 3,113 points.
Academic excellence: Fox has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research and as an elementary school mentor and motivational speaker.
“De’Aaron is as complete a player as I’ve ever coached against,” said Chris Draudt, head coach of Cypress Woods High. “He scored when he needed to in order to help his team win, but he spent a lot of his time working hard to get his teammates involved in every way possible.”
THE FUTURE: Fox has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall.