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.
For the complete list of Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Eric Sellew
School: Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.)
Position: Power forward
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Patriots to a 23-2 record and the Division 2 state championship game, scheduled for March 19. Sellew is averaging 21.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals through 25 games. The two-time Dual County League MVP, he has recorded a double-double in every game this season, and he entered the final game as a high school player with a school-record 1,170 career points.
Academic excellence: Sellew has maintained a weighted 3.80 GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: A budding entrepreneur who runs his own firewood business, he has volunteered locally with Gaining Ground Farming and as a youth basketball coach. He also donated his time to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York.
“Eric is one of the finest basketball players and competitors that I have seen during my 15 years of coaching high school basketball,” said Dennis Doherty, head coach of Wayland High. “Offensively, he can shoot, score off the bounce, post-up, make free throws and is an underrated passer. Defensively, he can essentially guard anyone.”
THE FUTURE: Sellew has verbally committed to attend Amherst College, where he will play basketball this fall.