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Poca's Luke Frampton named Gatorade state boys basketball player of the year

Poca's Luke Frampton named Gatorade state boys basketball player of the year

Rivers senior standout Azar Swain was named the Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

With Young getting the nod, it means it's a clean sweep for the Sooners with Choctaw signee Ana Llanusa earning the exact same honor last week as the Gatorade Oklahoma High School Girls Player of the Year.

Smith joins recent Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Players of the Year Charlie Moore (2015-16, Morgan Park High School), Jalen Brunson (2014-15 & 2013-14, Stevenson High School), Jabari Parker (2012-13, Simeon Career Academy), Chasson Randle (2010-11, Rock Island High School), Rayvonte Rice (2009-10, Centennial High School), Matt Vogrich (2008-09, Lake Forest High School), Michael Dunigan (2007-08, Farragut Career Academy), and Derrick Rose (2006-07, Simeon Career Academy) among the state's list of former award winners.

After turning in a phenomenal senior season that saw him help lead Edwardsville to a 30-2 record and spot in the Class 4A super-sectional, Edwardsville Tigers senior guard Mark Smith on Monday was named 2016-17 Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Ridder is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter and as a youth basketball coach. He has signed to play basketball on scholarship at Xavier University this fall. "He also shows great attitude and composure".

Cartwright has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom. Carter is now a finalist for the national player of the year award.

Taylor led Olive Branch to the MHSAA Class 6A State title earlier this month. Ridder averaged 24.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the floor.

Taylor is the first Gatorade Mississippi Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Olive Branch High.

Three-time victor Taylor joins Gatorade Mississippi Girls Basketball Players of the Year Victoria Vivians (2013-14 & 2011-12, Scott Central High), Christa Reed (2012-13, Bay High), Krista Donald (2010-11, Lake High), Valencia McFarland (2009-10 & 2008-09, Raymond High), and April Sykes (2007-08 & 2006-07, East Oktibbeha County High) among the state's list of former award winners. Like the other state Players of the Year, Smith will have an opportunity to compete for another $10,000 "spotlight grant" by writing an essay explaining why his selected organization deserves more support. "He has a very high basketball IQ and I believe he is top player in the state of Missouri this season". 12 spotlight grants - one for each sport - will be announced throughout the year.

A First Team All-State selection and the Kanawha Valley Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, he is a three-time All-Conference honoree.


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