This morning Andrew Wiggins was named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year; Alonzo Mourning surprised Wiggins with the award at school and Wiggins told me this morning that he was in “shock” when he saw Mourning. Mourning is just an outstanding example of what the award means both at basketball level and a character level.
“When I received the award, it was a really significant moment for me, so it felt great to surprise Andrew with the news and invite him into one of the most prestigious legacy programs in high school sports,” said Mourning, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year. “Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids.”
I had the opportunity to interview Wiggins this morning thanks to the good folks at Gatorade so keep an eye out for that later today. Just a quick impression from the interview; Wiggins is a bright young man with a brighter future. He is very proud to be Canadian and I’ve heard interviews where he says he wants to bring them home a gold medal one day. That would be quite an accomplishment and I’m rooting for this young man to achieve it.
The Gatorade award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. Wiggins is now in the running for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, which will happen in July.
Stay tuned for the interview with Wiggins later on today.