Basketball Hall of Fame Announces the 2012 Western Massachusetts High School Player of the Year Awards
2nd annual award for boys and girls players of the year
Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winners of the 2nd annual Western Massachusetts Player of the Year awards presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame and MassLive.com. The awards are presented annually at the Western Massachusetts Senior High School All-Star Games held at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court on Thursday, March 22nd.
“This year’s recipients truly stand out of their class demonstrating unlimited talent and strong moral character” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame celebrates excellence at all levels of the game and is proud to continue with the second annual Western Massachusetts Players of the Year award.”
"Supporting high school sports is an important part of MassLive's commitment to our local community and we're excited to once again partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame for the second year," said MassLive.com Editor-in-Chief Ed Kubosiak Jr.
The 2nd annual boys’ basketball player of the year award goes to Tyrell Springer from Central High School. Springer helped the Golden Eagles reach the Boys Division 1 Championship by leading his team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Showing off his strength and explosiveness the senior guard hit the 1,000-point milestone in a win over Amherst Regional earlier this season. Tyrell has been a key contributor in the success of the No. 1 ranked Central program for the past four years.
The 2nd annual girls’ basketball player of the year goes to Monique Heard from Holyoke High School. Monique is the reigning winner of last years award and becomes the first every back-to-back winner. The 5-foot-2 senior guard led Holyoke to a 21-2 record and the teams’ first Division 1 title scoring a game high 19 points. She recorded her 1,000th career point in the final regular season game last year against Northampton – a game in which she scored 41 total points, including seven three-pointers.
"Tyrell and Monique are exactly what the student athlete should represent and we are proud to honor their great accomplishments,” Kubosiak said.
The award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of local media members. Criteria for the awards include achievement on the court, sportsmanship and character off the court.