The Gatorade Player the Year will be … ?

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ND-Fairfield's Danny Upchurch is averaging over 25 points this season.

That’s maybe the $100 question on my mind this snowy/sleety/freezing rainy Monday afternoon.

Who’s going to be honored as the 2013 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year?

The last two years they were pretty much no-brainers, with Kris Dunn and Andre Drummond taking home the award.

This year … ?

It’s anyone’s guess. Maybe the assumed frontrunner for the award, Northwest Catholic’s Kuran Iverson packed up his bags for prep school before heading off the University of Memphis.

Capital Prep’s Kahlil Dukes is committed to play at USC, which should curry some votes in his favor.

Crosby’s Tyshon Rogers is the leading scorer in the state, via Max Preps at 30.5 ppg.

The state’s top-ranked team, Hillhouse, is undefeated mainly due to the fact it has five really good players in its starting lineup, rather than a defied “star” guy.

Fairfield Prep’s Paschal Chukwu’s defensive presence and stats (rebounding/blocks) are impressive, yet his scoring total has dropped as the season’s progressed. Only a junior he’d be a longshot anyway.

Shadrac Casimir has a 50-point game on his resume for Trinity Catholic and might be the most driven to win player in the FCIAC, meaning he’s a candidate. The fact three former Trinity players (Craig Austrie, Earl Johnson and Rashamel Jones) have won the award since its inception in 1986 doesn’t hurt, either.

The SWC has a couple big-time scorers in Bethel’s Daniel Garvin and ND-Fairfield’s Danny Upchurch. Working against either of their cases is the fact that the SWC doesn’t get a lot of respect around the state. That said, Greg DeSantis won the Player of the Year award for Notre Dame in 2009.

Junior Quincy McKnight of St. Joseph and Tyler Ancrum from Central both seem to get better every game, but they’re a year away from consideration for the award.

Add it up and it’ll be a surprise whomever walks away with the award in late March.

What do you guys think?

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  1. Dr. Von Nostran says:

    SWC went back-to-back with two of the last four coming from the conference. DeSantis in 2009 and Brandon Sherrod in 2010.