Smoky Hill's Kenny Foster named boys basketball player of the year by Gatorade

Mountain Vista Smoky Hill boys basketball

(David Harvey/

Smoky Hill standout Kenny Foster was named Gatorade's boys basketball player of the year in Colorado on Friday.

Foster, a 6-foot-5 senior year, averaged 27.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 steals per game this past season in helping Smoky reach the Class 5A Great 8. In that round, Foster put on a show with 30 points at the Denver Coliseum.

He is the first boys basketball player from Smoky Hill to ever win the Gatorade award, and the school's first honoree in any sport since 2014-15. Smoky Hill has had 11 athletes named a Gatorade player of the year, now tied for the second-most of any school in the state.

"Kenny is the best scorer I've coached against in this state," said Eaglecrest coach Jarris Krapcha. "Kenny is a skilled, strong and very athletic guard that dominated 5A basketball this year. He did it attacking the rim and with outstanding shooting from 3."

Foster now becomes a finalist for the national player of the year award from Gatorade.

A University of Wyoming recruit, Foster carries a 4.26 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally at a shelter for abused women, as a peer math tutor, and as a youth basketball coach.