Bellevue West junior Chucky Hepburn was named Nebraska’s Gatorade player of the year on Thursday.
Hepburn, a Wisconsin commit, led the Thunderbirds to the Class A state championship earlier this month, averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.
The point guard is Bellevue West’s third boys basketball Gatorade player of the year honoree, joining Josh Dotzler (2005) and Zach Fortune (2000).
Bellevue West also had the Gatorade player of the year in football in running back Jay Ducker. It’s the first time since the award has been presented in Nebraska (1986) that the same school has had a recipient win both major boys sports awards in the same school year.
“Bellevue West did something that not many schools can do,” Hepburn said, “which is win a championship in football and basketball and have both Gatorade players of the year. So I am real honored to be a part of that.”
Winners of the award are judged by a panel of experts under the supervision of The Gatorade Company and based upon a 60% weighting of the athlete’s overall athletic résumé (including a primary assessment of the current season) along with a 40% weighting of academic achievement and character.