Rock Canyon's Sam Masten named boys basketball player of the year by Gatorade

Rock Canyon ThunderRidge boys basketball

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Sam Masten, the Rock Canyon senior who has helped lead his team to the Class 5A Final 4, was named Colorado's boys basketball player of the year by Gatorade on Thursday.

Masten now becomes a finalist for the national player of the year award, which will be announced later this month.

A 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, Masten is averaging 22.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals so far this season. The University of Northern Colorado recruit is a two-time first-team all-state selection in 5A.

"Sam is a great high school player and plays hard night in and night out," Eaglecrest coach Jarris Krapcha said of Masten. "He is very smart and very tough. He can finish at the rim through contact better than just about anyone in Colorado."

Masten carries a 3.84 GPA, and volunteers locally at the Ronald McDonald House of Denver.