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: Tyus Battle
School: St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Falcons to a 22-6 record and the South Jersey Non-Public A championship game this past season. Battle averaged 19.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game. A former member of the USA Basketball U17 National Team, he was the Somerset County Player of the Year and a Second Team All-State selection as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Battle has maintained a 3.11 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the New Beginnings school for autistic children.
“Battle can do pretty much anything on a basketball court,” said Edwin Santana, head coach at Perth Amboy High. “He’s athletic, strong, a great defender. He can score, he can rebound. He can jump through the building and he’s a really good passer too.”
THE FUTURE: Battle has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Syracuse University this fall.