Vanguard's Dominique Clifford named state's boys basketball player of the year by Gatorade

(Dan Mohrmann/

The Vanguard School's Dominique Clifford has been named Colorado's boys basketball player of the year by Gatorade.

Clifford, a senior, is the first athlete from Vanguard in any sport to win the Gatorade award.

A 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard, Clifford helped his team go 22-3, including an appearance in the Class 3A Great 8. He averaged 26.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.8 blocks.

"Dominique is a difference-maker at both ends of the floor," said Buena Vista coach Scott Crites. "He can play at another level that not many kids can get to. His length and athleticism are tough to find."

Clifford has volunteered locally at Penrose Hospital, and also as a youth basketball coach.

Clifford, who carries a 3.17 GPA, has signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Colorado.