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THE WINNER: Calvin Hermanson
School: Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Position: Small forward
Weight: 215 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 21.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks this season, leading the Lakers (24-4) to the Class 6A state semifinals. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Hermanson’s 52 points on 20-of-27 shooting against Mark Morris (Longview, Wash.) in December broke 2006-07 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Kevin Love’s single-game school record of 50. Also the two-time Three Rivers League Player of the Year, Hermanson averaged 23.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals as a junior, leading Lake Oswego to the 2012 Class 6A state championship game.
Academic excellence: Hermanson has maintained a 3.48 GPA and serves as senior class president.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has also competed in the state’s DECA marketing competition for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.
“No doubt Calvin is the best player in the state, but he may be the player I admire the most of any kid we’ve gone against for his attitude and character,” said Eric Viuhkola, head coach of rival West Linn (Ore.). “The way he conducts himself with refs, opponents and his teammates is all first class. He’s 6-foot-6, he can rise up over any player in the state and knock down 3’s, and he’s quick and skilled enough to take you off the dribble and dunk on you.”
THE FUTURE: Hermanson has signed with St. Mary’s College.