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: Joseph Battle
School: Abbeville (S.C.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Panthers to a 20-4 record and the Class 2A state title this past season. The 2016 South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A Player of the Year, Battle averaged 31 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, shooting 69 percent from inside the arc. He scored a game-high 32 points in Abbeville’s 58-55 win over Timberland in the state title-clincher.
Academic excellence: Battle has maintained a 3.76 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in his church community and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally as a child care assistant and youth basketball coach.
“Joseph Battle is one of the finest young men I’ve ever been around,” said John Scruggs, head coach at Ninety-Six High. “He is a great player and even a better person. He works hard, plays with class and always competes at a high level.”
THE FUTURE: Battle has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Tulsa this fall.