The Gatorade State Player of the Year award is handed out in every state by USA Today High School sports. It is one of the most coveted honors any high school basketball player can receive and Syracuse Orange recruits Matthew Moyer and Tyus Battle just picked it up in their respective states. Both players have certainly earned their recognition both on and off the court with their hard work and dedication.
Tyus Battle: The senior guard at St. Joseph's Prep in Metuchen, N.J steered the Falcons to a 22-6 record. The 6-foot 6 combo guard put up 19.1 points per game to go along with 9.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.7 steals. Battle also led the Falcons to the class A championship game. Battle has also worked extremely hard off the court, maintaining a 3.11 GPA and volunteering at New Beginnings, a school for the autistic. Congrats on the award Tyus!
Here's a coast to coast dunk and some highlights from Tyus:
Matt Moyer: The Columbus, Ohio native transferred schools this past summer to the South Kent School so he could focus on his game. The 6-foot 8 forward averaged 16.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game on 60% shooting from inside the arc. Moyer has maintained a 3.61 GPA, is an accomplished classic violinist, and volunteers at a local soup kitchen. Congrats on the award Matt!
Here are some of Moyer's highlights:
Some other notable names that won Gatorade player of the year are: Edrice "Bam" Adebayo from North Carolina, Kevin Huerter from New York, and former Syracuse recruit Alterique Gilbert from Georgia.
Syracuse is one of the three schools to have at least two signees to win Gatorade POY, joining Duke and Kentucky.