Gibson named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year!
By Conley Sharland
After an exciting season of basketball, annual post season awards are handed out to those who rightfully deserve them. Rockland, who won the South Shore League title also had individual players who received some awards. Bryan Tavares, Matt Nicholson, and Tyler Gibson each brought home All Scholastic Honors.
Gibson, however, who will play Division I college basketball at UMass Lowell next year, received handfuls of awards including South Shore League MVP, Enterprise All-Scholastic, Boston Herald Hot Shot, and Boston Herald Dream Team. He also was named a Boston Globe All Scholastic, a member of the Boston Globe Super Team, the ESPN Boston All-Defensive Team, and the ESPN Boston Super Team.
Of all the awards the most prestigious is the most recent, the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year. This award has been won by current NBA stars in their respective states, including the likes of Dwight Howard and Paul Pierce.
“He was this scrawny kid as a sophomore,” said Rockland coach Fred Damon. “He never gave up and through a lot of hard work, two years later he’s the Gatorade Player of the Year. When you’re facing double and triple teams but still average almost 22 points and 16 rebounds a game, you can really understand how dominant he was.’’
When asked how he feels on taking home this award Gibson said, “It’s an awesome feeling to be the first student-athlete ever in Rockland history to win this award.” Gibson, who is happy with his choice to return to Rockland for his senior year instead of attending prep school is overall happy with his success as well as the team’s.
When being interview by ESPN Boston after the Wareham playoff game he was asked if it was all worth it. He answered, “It’s all worth it; there’s no place like Rockland, and I’m serious when I say this, there is no place like Rockland.”
While Tyler is happy he came back, as a fan of his and of the Bulldog team, I am glad he came back too.
Here is a video of a memorable season and player, we will not soon forget.