Alex Wolf, the 6-10 center who helped lead the Greenwich boys basketball team to the best season in school history, has been named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.
Wolf averaged 16.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 8 blocks for the Cardinals (23-4), who finished with a school-record for wins in a season and reached the semifinals of the CIAC Class LL Tournament for the first time in school history.
The Cardinals also advanced the FCIAC championship game for just the second time, losing to Bridgeport Central.
“I’m so honored to be receiving such a prestigious award,” Wolf said. “Working hard on the court and getting good grades. I couldn’t be more overwhelmed getting an award like this. I look at some of the players who have won the award and this is just really awesome. After receiving this award I really look forward to my collegiate career.”
Greenwich coach Bill Brehm had high praise for one of the state’s top inside players.
“Alex certainly deserves it academically and athletically,” Greenwich coach Bill Brehm said. “He’s obviously been a huge presence for us the last two years, offensive- and defensive-wise and I’m ecstatic he won the award.”
Wolf, who is headed to Dartmouth, also has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Wolf is the second straight FCIAC player to win the prestigious award. Ridgefield’s Kurt Steidl was the 2013 recipient.
“I really have to give a shoutout to my parents for all they have done for me their whole lives,” Wolf said. “My coaches, Coach Brehm, (assistant) Coach (Bill) Murphy, all of my teammates. I wouldn’t have won this award without them. I’m pretty saddened that it’s over but I have four years in college and hopefully a professional career to look forward to.”
As the press release from Gatorade states, “The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Wolf as Connecticut’s best high school boys basketball player.”
Said Brehm, “It certainly caps off one amazing career at Greenwich High School.”