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THE WINNER: Jack Gibbs
School: Westerville North (Westerville, Ohio)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 steals, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting at 83 percent from the free throw line this past season, leading the Warriors (21-2) to the Division I district semifinals. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Gibbs scored a season-high 26 points in a 70-69 win over Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio), including hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game.
Academic excellence: Gibbs has maintained a 3.96 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the superintendent’s student advisory council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group and as a youth basketball instructor.
“Jack Gibbs is a player who impacts the game so much on offense and defense and he makes his teammates so much better,” said Westerville North head coach Kevin Thuman. “He is a great competitor and he would probably put up even bigger numbers if it weren’t for his unselfish style of play.”
THE FUTURE: Gibbs has signed with Davidson College.