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THE WINNER: Isaiah Wright
School: Borah (Boise, Idaho)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting nearly 80 percent from the free throw line this past season, leading the Lions (19-8) to the Class 5A state final. The state’s reigning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Wright scored 18 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists in Borah’s 63-53 loss to Capital in the state final.
Academic excellence: Wright has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, as a youth basketball coach and in association with multiple community clean-up initiatives.
“Isaiah Wright is the most complete player I’ve seen in this state in my 23 years as a coach,” said Mike Grafe, head coach at Meridian. “He is a true leader and a terrific player. There is nobody else who is even close.”
THE FUTURE: Wright has signed with Utah.