Cardinal Hayes High School senior Tobe Awaka is a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year after winning Gatorade’s New York award on Wednesday.
Gatorade honors high school athletes for athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Awake averaged about 19 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in leading the Cardinals to the AA city and state championships. During the season, the 6-foot-8 senior forward was named the most valuable player of the New Jersey vs. New York Catholic Showcase.
“Tobe Awaka is a tremendous talent,” said Jimmy Lynch, head coach at St. Francis Preparatory School. “No other team in the league has a weapon like him. He’s big, strong, physical and great around the basket. He’s effective from the perimeter too. Defensively, he rebounds everything and is a major presence as a rim protector.”
Awaka, who is undecided on his college destination, carries an A average academically. He follows recent Gatorade state honorees such as Brentwood’s Jordan Riley (Georgetown), Archbishop Stepinac’s RJ Davis (North Carolina), and Glens Falls’ Joe Girard III (Syracuse).