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THE WINNER: Tyler Gibson
School: Rockland (Mass.)
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 21.4 points, 15.3 rebounds, 4.8 blocks and 2.1 assists per game this past season, leading the Bulldogs (19-4) to the Division 3, South Region semifinals. A two-time Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic selection and the 2013 South Shore League MVP, Gibson had eight games this season with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. He concluded his prep basketball career with 986 points.
Academic excellence: Gibson has maintained a 3.32 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and has also donated his time as an elementary school mentor.
“Tyler Gibson is certainly a game-changer and a hell of a player,” said Jim Willis, head coach at Cohasset (Mass.). “He was definitely the No. 1 reason Rockland won the league this year and went as far as they did. Defensively, he just changed every game he was in because of his size and jumping ability.”
THE FUTURE: Gibson has signed with UMass-Lowell.