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: Justin Mazzulla
School: Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Hawks to a 23-6 record and the Open State Tournament championship this past season. Mazzulla averaged 15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game and was named the state championship game’s MVP. He is a First Team All-State selection and played for the AAU national champion Boston Amateur Basketball Club last summer.
Academic excellence: Mazzulla has maintained a weighted 3.50 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on fundraising campaigns to benefit homeless shelters and food banks in addition to donating his time as a youth basketball coach and referee.
“Justin Mazzulla has a great skill set and a high basketball IQ,” said Charlie Holliday, head coach of Mount Pleasant High. “Justin has destroyed us when we played Hendricken.”
THE FUTURE: Mazzulla will begin his senior year of high school this fall.