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: Alex Lomax
School: Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Mustangs to a 29-2 record and a berth in the Class AAA state quarterfinals against Hillsboro High. At the time of his selection, Lomax was averaging 13.2 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. He is the 2016 TSSAA Class AAA Mr. Basketball winner.
Academic excellence: Lomax has maintained a 3.62 GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: The winner of Shelby County’s JL Perry Leadership Award, he is a member of the Memphis East Poetry Club. He has also volunteered locally with Peer Power, an after-school tutoring program, and serves as a youth basketball coach.
“Alex Lomax is the engine that makes East High run smoothly,” said Antonio Harris, head coach of B.T. Washington High. “He is an outstanding floor general that keeps all of his teammates at ease and makes sure that all of them are in place. He makes the game seem so effortless with his poise during the challenging times.”
THE FUTURE: Lomax will begin his junior year of high school this fall.