The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, recently announced Calvin Hermanson of Lake Oswego High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Oregon Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Hermanson as Oregon's best high school boys basketball player.

"I knew he had it in him to be one of the best players in the state. He really took it to another level this year and you could see that in the playoffs," Lake Oswego coach Mark Shoff said.

As a junior, Hermanson led the Lakers to a co-league championship with West Linn and a berth in the state tournament. Lake Oswego would advance to the state championship game before losing to No. 1 Jesuit.

The 6-foot-6, wing averaged 23.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game this past season, leading the Lakers (22-6).

The Three Rivers League Player of the Year, Hermanson shot 57.8 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line, making him one of the most versatile players in the state.

"He's definitely one of the best I've seen and we needed it from him this year. He kind of found that confidence this season," Shoff said.

In his final three Class 6A state tournament games, he recorded 28.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors.

Hermanson has maintained a 3.47 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth basketball instructor to middle school players at the Pride of the Lake Basketball Camp.

"He's just a great, humble kid and that's probably what I admire about him the most. All of his teammates like him," Shoff said.

Hermanson will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Hermanson joins recent Gatorade Oregon Boys Basketball Players of the Year Kyle Wiltjer (2010-11, Jesuit High School), Garrett Jackson (2009-10, Westview), E. J. Singler (2008-09, South Medford High School), Brad Tinsley (2007-08, Oregon City High School), and Kevin Love (2006-07, Lake Oswego) among the state's list of former award winners.

"To have two guys win the award from the program is really a coach's dream," Shoff said.

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