THE WINNER: Justin Decker
School: Huron (S.D.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Tigers to a 21-1 record and a berth in the Class AA state quarterfinals against Lincoln, scheduled for March 20. An All-State and All-Conference selection as a junior, Decker is averaging 15.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game entering the state tournament.
Academic excellence: Decker has maintained a 3.41 GPA.
Exemplary character: A peer mentor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and an area day camp.
“Decker has the whole package,” said Brent Norberg, head coach at Aberdeen Central. “He can bury you in the post, but he’s really good facing up to the basket too. He’s a good rebounder and passer, and he does so much for his team on defense.”
THE FUTURE: Decker has signed with South Dakota.