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Wichita basketball player wins national award

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Gradey Dick, a committed basketball player at the University of Kansas and current Sunrise Christian Academy player, has won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award for the 2021-2022 season.

The award was given to Dick for his achievements on and off the pitch. He joins a group of former Gatorade National Boys Basketball Players of the Year winners who have combined for five NBA MVP awards, 76 All-Star appearances, 14 NBA championships, 27 NBA first-round picks and three Hall of Famers. .

“The team’s leading scorer with 17.9 points per game at Sunrise Christian, Gradey is a long, lean shooter with a high basketball IQ and nice positional size,” ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said. “More than a one-dimensional player, he will also finish practices, take charge and bounce back, which helped his team win the NIBC regular season title.

“What makes him special is that he combines talent, effort and good character. Kansas has an incoming player who will make an impact both on and off the court.

Off the pitch, Dick has volunteered locally at a food pantry and homeless shelter. He has also volunteered his time at the Special Olympics, Sunrise Christian Academy Basketball Camps, and Buddy Hield Basketball Camp.

“When you look at the stats Gradey Dick has achieved on the field, there’s no denying that he’s worthy of joining a long line of former Gatorade Players of the Year,” said Gatorade General Manager Brett O. ‘Brian. “There’s a ton of talent among the nearly half a million student-athletes across the country who compete in men’s basketball, but no one shines it like Dick while excelling in the classroom and making a difference. in his community.”

Each year, a selection committee evaluates the nation’s top talent to choose a winning state in each of the 50 states plus Washington DC, in 12 different sports: soccer, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, basketball. boys’ and girls’ ball, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ football, and boys’ and girls’ track and field. A total of 608 athletes are honored each year. From the pool of state winners, one national winner is selected from each of the 12 sports.

Gatorade has a long history of serving athlete communities and understanding how sport instills valuable lifelong skills on and off the field. Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award winners have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also become pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators. Previous winners include a distinguished list of athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Jayson Tatum, Elena Delle Donne and many other sports icons.