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: Trae Young
School: Norman North (Norman, Okla.)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 34.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, leading the Timberwolves (24-4) to the Class 6A state final. A First Team All-State selection, he scored 60 points in a win over Yukon last month and is rated the nation’s No. 20 recruit in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.
Academic excellence: Young has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group and as a youth basketball coach.
“Trae Young is hands down the best player in Oklahoma,” said Alan Hibler, head coach at Ponca City High. “He ranks in my all-time top five players out of Oklahoma that I’ve seen in my 29 years as a head coach. He can score from anywhere on the court and is so tough going to the rim. He is a match-up nightmare because he can score in so many different ways.”
THE FUTURE: Young will begin his senior year of high school this fall.