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: Clay Patterson
School: Rio Rancho (N.M.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Rams to a 19-12 record and the Class 6A state title this past season. Patterson averaged 20.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from 3-point range. A First Team All-State selection, he scored a game-high 17 points in Rio Rancho’s 56-54 win over Carlsbad in the Class 6A state championship game.
Academic excellence: Patterson has maintained a 3.59 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach, on behalf of an area retirement home and in association with an elementary school literacy-outreach initiative.
“Clay Patterson has evolved into a fantastic basketball player in just one year,” said Rio Rancho High head coach Wally Salata. “He practices as hard as he plays and he is very consistent on a nightly basis. His future is very bright.”
THE FUTURE: Patterson will begin his senior year of high school this fall.