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: Marcus Allen
School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Sport: Boys basketball
Athletic Production: The reigning Sunset-Southwest League MVP, Allen is averaging 28 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.6 steals per game for the Bulldogs in 2012-13. He has scored at least 20 points in 32-of-33 games this season and has amassed more than 1,700 career points.
Academic Achievement: He has maintained an A average in the classroom and will graduate as co-valedictorian of his class along with his twin brother and fellow Centennial basketball standout Malcolm Allen.
Exemplary Character: A member of his school’s student council, Allen has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of America.