St. Francis junior guard Kameron Ng, who led the Saints to their second consecutive boys basketball state championship in Division II last month, was named the Gatorade Hawaii player of the year on Thursday.
Ng averaged 25.5 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.1 rebounds per game according to the Gatorade press release. Earlier this week, he was named the ILH most valuable player in Division II.
Per the press release, “as a Gatorade Player of the Year, Kameron will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants — one for each sport — will be announced throughout the year.”
Ng is the first boys basketball player from St. Francis to win the award and joins a list of recent winners that includes Kahuku’s Jessiya Villa (2016-17), ‘Iolani’s Hugh Hogland (2015-16) and Ikaika Phillip (2013-14), Kalaheo’s Kupa’a Harrison (2014-15) and Joshua Ko (2012-13) and Punahou’s DeForest Buckner (2011-12) and Kameron Steinhoff (2007-08).
Ng has a chance next year to become the first back-to-back winner of the Gatorade award since Kamehameha’s Micah Christenson in 2010 and ’11.