Tuesday, April 10, 2012

KATIN REINHARDT: Los Angeles Times Player of the Year!!!

KATIN REINHARDT: Class of 2012

Written by: Eric Sondheimer & Prospect-Central

Whenever a high school basketball player is named "Player of the Year" it's usually just an opinion and done so subjectively.  For instance ESPN's 2012 Player of the Year was Shabazz Muhammad while MaxPreps Player of the Year was Kyle Anderson.  It's hard to argue against either one of these players winning the award and it gives new meaning to the phrase, "Different strokes for different folks."  There's now another name to add to the previously mentioned baller's...Katin Reinhardt!!!

The 6-foot 5 Reinhardt was named Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times last week after helping lead Mater Dei to a 34-2 record and a number of championships including the California Division I state tittle.  The UNLV commit averaged 18.6 ppg while displaying possibly the sweetest stroke in all of high school.

It's unclear if the Los Angeles Times is referring to Katin Reinhardt as the National POY, or just California's POY.  Either way I am sure there will be some people to disagree with the selection because of all the other high profiled players ranked ahead of him.  Be that as it may, Katin Reinhardt was the best player on one of the best teams in the country and had a remarkable senior year.  He reminds me of a bigger, stronger, more athletic version of Gonzaga's freshman sensation Kevin Pangos and should make an immediate impact for the Runnin' Rebels this upcoming season. * Below are 2 videos from BallisLife that follow Katin Reinhardt's senior season, an article from the Los Angeles Times naming him Player of the Year, a highlight video from BallisLife of his senior year and video from Prospect-Central of his entire game from the 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic where he scored 35 points including 9 three-pointers. 

Whether healthy or sick, injured or fit, Katin Reinhardt of Santa Ana Mater Dei found a way to make an impact.

There was the 35-point performance with nine three-pointers on national television against New York Christ the King in mid-January.

There was the 17-point first-quarter outburst with five three-pointers against unbeaten Bellflower St. John Bosco in late January when he was running a 102-degree temperature during the day.

And there was the 30-point performance against Sacramento Sheldon in the state championship game when he made a Division I-record six three-pointers despite wearing a soft cast to protect the injured thumb on his shooting hand.

Because of his ability to play his best when his team needed him most and the immense improvement in many facets of his game this season, Reinhardt has been named the boys' basketball player of the year by The Times.

The 6-foot-5 senior who's headed to Nevada Las Vegas led Mater Dei to a 34-2 record and championships in the Trinity League, Southern Section Division 1AA, Southern California Regional and state Division I. He averaged 18.6 points.

"Very few people can shoot like him," Coach Gary McKnight said. "He has range. I think he's got a chance to play in the league [NBA] someday because of the way he shoots."

He became a complete player this season, emerging as a team leader and court facilitator when needed, stepping up to play exceptional defense while always being ready to unleash his devastating outside shot.

"The whole coaching staff has taught me so much," Reinhardt said. "They've taught me to be an all-around player."

McKnight has coached Mater Dei for 30 years, and he'll savor the performance of Reinhardt in the Division I victory at Power Balance Pavilion.

"It was incredible," McKnight said. "Shooting in that arena is not easy. For him to just walk into the gym and shoot like that . . . I was shocked to see how many points he had." Original Article.

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