Maine Boys Basketball POY: Nick Mayo

Maine Boys Basketball POY: Nick Mayo

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Maine Boys Basketball POY: Nick Mayo

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THE WINNER: Nick Mayo

THE BASICS

School: Messalonskee (Oakland, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/center
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 225 pounds

Athletic achievement: He averaged 24.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Eagles (14-6) to the Class A state quarterfinals. A Mr. Maine Basketball finalist, Mayo shot 50.2 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. The 2015 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, he also participated in the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Game this winter.

Academic excellence: Mayo has maintained a B average.

Exemplary character: In addition to serving as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of the Bedside Manor Alzheimer’s Care Facility and participated in a walkathon fundraiser for brain injury research. He has also donated his time as part of community cleanup efforts to benefit the elderly.

THE PRAISE

“As far as talent goes, I do not think our area—Central Maine along I-95—has seen a player like this since [two-time Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year] T.J Caouette, who graduated from Winthrop High in 1996,” said Jason Pellerin, head coach of rival Lawrence High. “At 6-foot-8, he can simply do anything he wants on the court.”

THE FUTURE: Mayo has signed with Eastern Kentucky.

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