From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Sophomore center, Carlisle School (Martinsville, Va.)
Greatness Present: The 7-foot center remains the top-ranked recruit in ESPN’s latest Class of 2016 rankings, and it’s not hard to see why.
The sophomore sensation has averaged 21.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Indians (21-8).
He opened the season with a remarkable triple-double (30 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocks) in a 72-45 victory against Mount Zion Christian Academy (Durham, N.C.) and has recorded 20 double-doubles since.
Greatness Past: A native of South Sudan who moved to Australia as a child, Maker averaged 23.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.9 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals as a freshman, leading Carlisle to a 23-2 record and the Virginia Independent School Division III state semifinals.
Greatness Future: Every major Division I college program in the country is drooling over Maker, who remains undecided at this time.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.