Who are the 2020-2021 Gatorade high school boys basketball players of the year in each state?

In a year altered in countless ways by a pandemic, high school basketball managed to find a way to charge on across the country, though it looked very different depending on the state.

Five-star point guard Nolan Hickman saw the possibility of his senior season being impacted last July. So when Wasatch Academy and its nationally-competitive basketball program came calling, he made the jump, moving from Seattle, where he starred for Eastside Catholic, to the boarding school in Mount Pleasant, Utah.

“With the summer being taken away I felt like it was the best move for me, especially with the national schedule they have,” Hickman told SBLive in July.

Nearly a year later, that decision continues to pay off. The Gonzaga commit was announced as Utah’s Gatorade Player of the Year for boys basketball last week, adding to a growing list of national accolades since his move.

Gatorade’s year-end award honors one boys basketball player per state, per sport, based on athletic excellence, academic achievement and character. The award has been handed out in 48 states so far, as well as the District of Columbia. The high school basketball seasons in the three outlying states — California, Washington and Oregon — are still underway.

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The Minnehaha product and consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2021 was given the award on Wednesday by former high school teammate, Gonzaga standout and projected NBA lottery pick Jalen Suggs.

Here are the Gatorade high school boys basketball players of the year in each state for 2020-2021:

Alabama: Barry Dunning

6-foot-6, guard/forward, junior

High school: McGill-Toolen Catholic

City: Mobile

College: Undecided

Alaska: Patrick McMahon

6-foot-6, guard, senior

High school: Colony

City: Palmer

College: Montana State

Arizona: Dylan Anderson

7-foot, forward, junior

High school: Perry

City: Gilbert

College: Arizona

Arkansas: Derrian Ford

6-foot-4, guard, junior

High school: Magnolia

City: Magnolia

College: Undecided

Colorado: Julian Hammond III

6-foot-2, guard, senior

High school: Cherry Creek

City: Greenwood Village

College: Colorado

Connecticut: Donovan Clingan

7-foot-1, center, junior

High school: Bristol Central

City: Bristol

College: Undecided

Delaware: Nnanna Njoku

6-foot-9, forward, senior

High school: Sanford School

City: Hockessin

College: Villanova

District of Columbia: Quincy Allen

6-foot-7, forward, senior

High school: Maret School

City: D.C.

College: Colorado

Florida: Caleb Houstan

6-foot-8, forward, senior

High school: Montverde Academy

City: Montverde

College: Michigan

Georgia: Jabari Smith

6-foot-10, forward, senior

High school: Sandy Creek

City: Tyrone

College: Auburn

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Hawaii: O’Shen Cazimero

5-foot-10, guard, junior

High school: Kohala

City: Kapa’au

College: Undecided

Idaho: Brody Rowbury

6-foot-11, forward, senior

High school: Meridian

City: Meridian

College: Sunrise Christian Academy (reclassifying to 2022)

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Illinois: Max Christie

6-foot-7, guard, senior

High school: Rolling Meadows

City: Rolling Meadows

College: Michigan State

Indiana: Caleb Furst

6-foot-10, forward, senior

High school: Blackhawk Christian School

City: Fort Wayne

College: Purdue

Iowa: Tucker Devries

6-foot-7, guard, senior

High school: Waukee

City: Waukee

College: Drake

Kansas: Kennedy Chandler

6-1 guard, senior

High school: Sunrise Christian Academy

City: Bel Aire, Kansas

College: Tennessee

Kentucky: Sam Vinson

6-foot-4, guard, senior

High school: Highland

City: Fort Thomas

College: Northern Kentucky

Lousiana: Carlos Stewart

6-foot-1, guard, senior

High school: Dunham School

City: Baton Rouge

College: Santa Clara

Maine: Cash McClure

6-foot-2, guard, senior

High school: Maranacook Community

City: Readfield

College: Undecided

Maryland: Jordan Hawkins

6-foot-6, guard, senior

High school: Dematha Catholic

City: Hyattsville

College: Unknown

Massachusetts: Kyle Filipowski

6-foot-10, forward/center, junior

High school: Wilbraham & Monson Academy

City: Wilbraham

College: Undecided

Michigan: Pierre Brooks II

6-fooot-6, forward, senior

High school: Douglass Academy

City: Detroit

College: Michigan State

Minnesota: Chet Holmgren

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7-0, forward/center, senior

High school: Minnehaha Academy

City: Minneapolis

College: Gonzaga

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Mississippi: Daeshun Ruffin

Daeshun Ruffin
(Photo by Keith Warren)

5-foot-10, guard, senior

High school: Callaway

City: Jackson

College: Ole Miss

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Missouri: Aminu Mohammed

6-foot-5, guard, senior

High school: Greenwood Laboratory School

City: Springfield

College: Georgetown

Montana: Drew Wyman

6-foot-5, forward, senior

High school: Great Falls

City: Great Falls

College: College of Idaho

Nebraska: Hunter Sallis

6-foot-5, guard, senior

High school: Millard North

City: Omaha

College: Gonzaga

Nevada: Jaden Hardy

6-foot-5, guard, senior

High school: Coronado

City: Henderson

College: NBA G-League

New Hampshire: Alex Karaban

6-foot-8, forward, junior

High school: New Hampton School

City: New Hampton

College: Undecided

New Jersey: D.J. Wagner

6-foot-3, guard, sophomore

High school: Camden

City: Camden

College: Undecided

New Mexico: William “Duece” Benjamin

6-foot-1, guard, junior

High school: Las Cruces

City: Las Cruces

College: Undecided

New York: Jordan Riley

6-foot-4, guard, senior

High school: Brentwood

City: Brentwood

College: Georgetown

North Carolina: Terquavion Smith

6-foot-3, guard, senior

High school: Farmville

City: Farmville

College: North Carolina State

North Dakota: Joe Hurlburt

6-foot-10, forward, junior

High school: Enderlin

City: Enderlin

College: Colorado

Ohio: Chris Livingston

6-foot-7, guard/forward, junior

High school: Butchel

City: Akron

College: Undecided

Oklahoma: Trey Alexander

6-foot-5, guard, senior

High school: Heritage Hall

City: Oklahoma City

College: Creighton

Pennsylvania: Stevie Mitchell

6-foot-2, guard, senior

High school: Wilson

City: West Lawn

College: Marquette

Rhode Island: Matt Constant

6-foot-2, guard, senior

High school: St. Andrew’s School

City: Barrington

College: Pace University

South Carolina: Bryce McGowens

6-foot-6, guard, senior

High school: Legacy Early College School

City: Greenville

College: Nebraska

South Dakota: Matthew Mors

6-foot-7, forward, senior

High school: Yankton

City: Yankton

College: Wisconsin

Tennessee: Brandon Miller

6-foot-8, forward, junior

High school: Cane Ridge

City: Anitoch

College: Undecided

Texas: Daimion Collins

6-foot-10, forward, senior

High school: Atlanta

City: Atlanta

College: Kentucky

Utah: Nolan Hickman

(Photo by Wasatch Academy Basketball)

6-foot-2, guard, senior

High school: Wasatch Academy / Eastside Catholic

City: Mount Pleasant Utah / Seattle, Wash.

College: Gonzaga

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Vermont: Michel Ndayishmiye

5-foot-10, guard, senior

High school: Rice Memorial

City: South Burlington

College: Vermont

Virginia: Trevor Keels

6-foot-5, guard, senior

High school: Paul VI Catholic

City: Chantilly

College: Duke

West Virginia: Isaac McKneely

6-foot-4, guard, junior

High school: Poca

City: Poca

College: Virginia

Wisconsin: Brandin Podziemski

6-foot-6, guard, senior

High school: St. John’s Northwestern Academies

City: Delafield

College: Illinois

Wyoming: Sam Lecholat

6-foot-6, forward, senior

High school: Sheridan

City: Sheridan

College: Montana State

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