THE WINNER: Nick Mayo
School: Messalonskee (Oakland, Maine)
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.
“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.