CHICAGO, IL - In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Issac McBride of Baptist Prep as its 2018-19 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. McBride is the first Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Baptist Prep.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes McBride as Arkansas’ best high school boys basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, McBride joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Karl-Anthony Towns (2012-13 & 2013-14, St. Joseph High School, N.J.), Dwight Howard (2003-04, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chris Bosh (2001-02, Lincoln High School, Texas), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood High School, Calif.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington High School, Colo.) and Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Calif.).
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior guard led the Eagles to a 30-4 record and the Class 3A quarterfinals this past season. McBride averaged 28.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, while converting 47.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. An All-State honoree, he was selected to the All Arkansas Preps First Team and the USA TODAY’s ALL-USA Arkansas First Team as a junior. McBride has also been chosen to play in the Big Baller Brand All-American Game.
A devoted member of his church community, McBride has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter, Vacation Bible School and youth basketball camps. “Issac McBride is the real deal,” said Devin Jones, head coach at Glen Rose High. “He can shoot off the dribble or the catch and he has great range. He has great handles and he’s also very unselfish. He gets his teammates involved, but he knows when to take over.”
McBride has maintained a 3.34 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Kansas this fall.