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THE WINNER: Matt St. Amour
School: Missisquoi Valley Union (Swanton, Vt.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: St. Amouraveraged 30.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game this past season, leading the Thunderbirds (13-9) to the Division I quarterfinals. A two-time Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year, St. Amour was also named the Burlington Free Press and Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year as a junior. He finished his prep career with 2,064 points, third in state history.
Academic excellence: St. Amour has maintained a 4.13 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a soccer standout, he has volunteered on behalf of youth sports programs, blood-donation drives and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“St. Amour plays within himself and really understands the game,” said Peter Quinn, head coach at Vergennes (Vt.). “He’s a tremendous shooter who knows how to put the ball in the basket.”
THE FUTURE: St. Amour remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.