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: Gary Trent Jr.
School: Apple Valley (Minn.)
Weight: 202 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 26.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Eagles (29-2) to the Class AAAA state semifinals. A First Team All-Metro selection as named by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Trent shot 52.7 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 82.5 percent from the free-throw line. He led Apple Valley to the 2015 Class AAAA state championship as a sophomore, capturing All-Tournament honors. A member of the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team, he averaged a team-high 16.8 points along with 2.8 rebounds during the U16 National Team’s run to the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Academic excellence: Trent has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered locally on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and as part of a youth literacy-outreach program.
“Gary is an unbelievable talent,” said Matt Eppen, head coach at rival Burnsville High. “He can score inside and out, and gets to the basket like no one I have seen. He is truly a great talent.”
THE FUTURE: Trent will begin his senior year of high school this fall.