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: Matt St. Amour
School: Missisquoi Valley Union (Swanton, Vt.)
Sport: Boys Basketball
Athletic Production: St. Amour broke the school’s career scoring record during his junior year while averaging 26.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game as the Thunderbirds moved up to Division I. St. Amour, the state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, is even better as a senior, scoring 30.8 points per contest through 12 games (8-4) along with 11.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 4.4 steals per game. A standout baseball and soccer player, St. Amour is also a candidate for the Gatorade Vermont Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Academic Achievement: He has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary Character: Executive President of his school’s student council, St. Amour has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, food drives, youth sports programs and blood donation drives.