The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year have been announced for the 2013-14 season. The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
THE WINNER: Jason Todd
School: Jackson (Mill Creek, Wash.)
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: Todd averaged 21.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. An All-State first team selection by The Seattle Times and News Tribune, Todd shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line. In three postseason games, he averaged 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals, capturing Class 4A state tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Academic excellence: Todd has maintained a 3.60 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, Todd has volunteered locally assisting in elementary school classrooms.
Jason Todd is a true definition of a student-athlete with exemplary character, said Cory West, head coach of rival Kamiak (Mukilteo, Wash.). What impresses me the most is his ability to play all five positions at the high school level. He can run the point comfortably, he has worked in the offseason to develop a better outside shot that he can hit consistently in order to play the 2 or 3 spot, and he can play on the block because he is so strong and finishes around the basket. Also, his ability to pass is key to his team s success. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams at the high school level.
THE FUTURE: Todd will begin his senior year of high school this fall.