Vanguard’s Dominique Clifford named Gatorade Colorado boys basketball player of the year

The Vanguard School’s Dominique Clifford on Thursday was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Colorado boys basketball player of the year.

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Clifford, who is heading to the University of Colorado to play for Tad Boyle in the fall, led the Coursers (22-3) to the 3A state quarterfinals before losing to Sterling. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard averaged team-leading 24.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.7 blocks last season.

“Dominique is a difference-maker at both ends of the floor,” Buena Vista head coach Scott Crites said in a news release. “He can play at another level that not many kids can get to. His length and athleticism are tough to find.”

Smoky Hill’s Kenny Foster won last year and Rock Canyon’s Sam Masten won in 2018. Clifford is the first Colorado player to win the award and not be from a 4A or 5A school since Belleview Christian’s Jonathan Sanders was honored after the 1999-2000 season.

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