Posted On: 09/8/15 12:00 PM
What is an MVP? Not necessarily the best player but the most valuable to his team’s success. The player who elevated their level of play and, in turn, the level of play of his teammates when it mattered most.
D1 Nation was without question Arizona’s most successful 16U team in the spring. They were slowed down in July, however, as 6’5” Basha forward Gabe McGlothan was sidelined for two weeks with an injury. While there were some talented options for this team including 6’2” Keith Holmes and 5’10” Andres Mayberry, there is no question that McGlothan was D1 Nation’s MVP.
The change in play and success when Gabe was off the floor was drastic. Without him in the lineup, while still solid, D1 would not have been in consideration for the state’s top spot. It’s not just his production on the glass and ability to finish that made him so valuable. It was his motor and energy that he brought to the floor which, subconsciously, raised the level of play of his teammates.