Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA TODAY surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Adam Klie
School: Service (Anchorage, Alaska)
Sport: Boys basketball
Athletic Production: The 6-foot-3 guard has led the Cougars to an 19-1 start, averaging 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Team MVP since his freshman year and team captain as a sophomore, Klie was a First Team All-State selection as a junior for the state runners-up in Class 4A.
Academic Achievement: He has maintained an A average.
Exemplary Character: Klie has volunteered locally as a teacher’s aide at Trailside Elementary, a math and physics tutor in his school and a counselor at youth basketball camps.