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National POY Watch: Indiana recruit closes out high school career in epic fashion

From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop the latest top candidate.

Luke Fischer

Senior forward/center, Germantown (Wis.)

Greatness Present: During the final two games of his senior season, Fischer scored 49 points on 75.9 percent shooting (22-29 FG) in the state semifinals and final, extending the Warhawks’ win streak to 56 games on their run to a second consecutive Division 1 state title.

In an 80-60 state semifinal win over Oshkosh North (Wis.), the 7-footer had 32 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks and two assists. He then totaled 17 points, seven boards and two blocks in a 57-28 win over Mukwonago (Wis.) in the championship game.

Fischer averaged 21 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.4 steals in just 25 minutes per game, capturing the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s Mr. Basketball honor.

Greatness Past: Rated the No. 15 center in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, Fischer produced 16.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game as a junior during Germantown’s 28-0 state title run. He played AAU ball for the Wisconsin Swing.

Greatness Future: Indiana

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.



2013-14 National Winners

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    Football POY

    Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) defensive tackle Andrew Brown named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.

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    Volleyball POY

    Assumption High (Louisville, Ky.) setter Alexa Filley named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year.

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    Boys XC ROY

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2013-14 State Winners