KU signee Marcus Garrett named Gatorade Texas Player of the Year
CHICAGO — The Gatorade Company named Kansas basketball signee Marcus Garrett the Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year on Monday. Garrett averaged 17.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 9.1 assists 3.1 steals and 2.9 blocks during his senior season at Skyline High School in Dallas.
The 6-foot-7 guard led Skyline (34-2) to the Class 6A state semifinals while amassing 32 double-doubles and 12 triple-doubles in 36 games. He is a two-time District MVP and was a First Team All-State selection as a junior.
Garrett is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March. Garrett is poised to be teammates at KU next season with a pair of former Gatorade state players of the year in Mitch Lightfoot (Arizona), two-time winner Malik Newman (Mississippi).
Off the court, Garrett has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom and volunteered locally as a youth tutor and at a homeless shelter.
Kansas signed Garrett to a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9, 2016.
Recent Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Players of the Year include Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox (2016), the Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow (2013-14), the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (2011-12), and the Indiana Pacers’ Joseph Young (2010).
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Marcus will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
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