The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Colbey Ross
School: Eaglecrest (Centennial, Colo.)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game this past season, leading the Raptors (25-3) to the Class 5A state championship game. A returning Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, Ross shot 47.6 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line. He was the lone rising junior selected to Colorado’s High School All-Star Game, “The Show,” this past summer.
Academic excellence: Ross has maintained a 3.47 weighted GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: Also a football standout, he received his school’s Exceptional Sophomore Award for academic and extracurricular achievement. A youth basketball instructor and a member of Eaglecrest’s Commitment Club for leadership, Ross has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and as part of a charitable toy drive in addition to donating his time to a soup kitchen, Walk for Sudan and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Colbey Ross is an incredible athlete and competitor,” said Brad Jansen, head coach at rival Arapahoe High. “His leadership skills and maturity have grown over the last three seasons as well. I have seen a talented freshman develop into an outstanding leader, competitor and respectful young man.”
THE FUTURE: Ross will begin his senior year of high school this fall.