National POY WATCH: Texas Boys Basketball

National POY WATCH: Texas Boys Basketball

Gatorade Player of the Year

National POY WATCH: Texas Boys Basketball

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From many, there will be one. While there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.



Matt Jones

Senior shooting guard, DeSoto (Texas)



Greatness Present: When a state’s No. 2-ranked team defeats the top-seeded squad, it’s generally not considered an upset. But when the state’s No. 1 team — ranked 16th nationally in the USA TODAY Super 25 — beats the second-seeded team by 23 earlier in the season, thanks to one of the country’s top scoring guards, it’s no ordinary victory.



That’s precisely what happened when Hebron (Carrollton, Texas) defeated DeSoto 62-55 in the Class 5A, Region 1 quarterfinals on Tuesday, ending Matt Jones’ spectacular career.



A McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection, the 6-foot-4, 187-pound shooting guard averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals per game for the Eagles (33-2).



Greatness Past: During his four-year varsity career, Jones averaged 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. He is a three-time District 11-5A First Team selection and was the 2011-12 11-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player.



Greatness Future: Duke



Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.

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