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: Hoyt Nicholas
School: Worland (Wyo.)
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Warriors to a 20-4 record and the Class 3A state title this past season. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Nicholas averaged 25.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and shot 82 percent from the free throw line. He scored a game-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds in Worland’s 67-51 win over Douglass in the state title-clincher. The win gave Worland its first basketball state championship since 1921.
Academic excellence: Nicholas has maintained a 3.44 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s marching band, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and on behalf of an elementary school literacy-outreach program.
“In my opinion, Hoyt Nicholas is hands down the best basketball player in the state of Wyoming,” said Denver Allard, head coach at Rawlins High. “He can handle the ball like a guard, rebound like a big man and shoot the ball better than anyone else on the court. His coaches speak very highly of him and his teammates seem to really enjoy playing the game with him. He is a very well-rounded young man.”
THE FUTURE: Nicholas remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.