LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Kevin Love is getting more love.
This time, it's as the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player
of the Year.
Love, who is headed for UCLA next season, added to his
accomplishments Tuesday morning in a ceremony at Lake Oswego High
Love is also a McDonald's All-American, the nation's Naismith
player of the year and The Oregonian's player of the year.
He joins former winners LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in
receiving the national award, which recognizes high school students
for academic achievement and character as well as athletics.
Honorees are selected by a panel of sportswriters and others
involved in prep athletics.
"Without question, Kevin is deserving of recognition as the
nation's best high school boys basketball player based on his
statistics on the court and the impact his play had on Lake
Oswego's success," said Jeff Urban, Gatorade's senior vice
president of sports marketing, in a statement. "But he is also a
shining example to peers and aspiring young players of what a
leader and a student-athlete should be."
The 6-foot-10 center averaged 33.6 points and 17 rebounds his
senior season, leading the Lakers to the Class 6A title game.
Love finished his prep career with 2,628 points, a state record.
Overall, he averaged 26.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.
"His ability to dominate at both ends of the floor is pretty
historic at the high school level," Lake Oswego coach Mark Shoff
said. "This state has produced players like Richard Washington and
Danny Ainge, who went on to great college and pro careers, but
we've never had anyone of Kevin's caliber at this point in his
career. I think he's truly set himself apart."
Love and South Medford's Kyle Singler headlined possibly the
best prep class ever in the state. Singler, a 6-foot-9 wing also
named a McDonald's All American, is headed to Duke.
The second-ranked Panthers upset No. 1 Lake Oswego 58-54 in the
OSAA Class 6A boys basketball tournament championship game at
McArthur Court last month.