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: Hugh Hogland
School: ‘Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Raiders to a 22-9 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. Hogland averaged 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Player of the Year, he was also the Most Outstanding Player in the Division 1 state tournament.
Academic excellence: Hogland has maintained a 3.08 GPA.
Exemplary character: A mentor for young science students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of beach cleanup initiatives, youth basketball camps and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu.
“The way Hogland changed the game for his team this year was unmatched,” said Ryan Hirata, head coach at Mid-Pacific Institute. “He really stepped up in the state tournament when they needed him most. He altered shots and created havoc on the defensive end, while scoring at will on the low block and setting up his teammates on the offensive end. He was a force.”
THE FUTURE: Hogland will begin his senior year of high school this fall.