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North Montgomery senior Grant Gayler now has another accolade to add to his list.

The 2015 Basketball Player of the Year title goes to the 6-foot, 6-inch Charger, who achieved 1,000-point status this season, becoming the third-leading scorer in the school's history in the process.

This Bethel-commit led his team in virtually every category this season while averaging almost 20 points per game, in which he started every one.

"It's going to be hard to leave these guys," Gayler said about his teammates, some of whom he played with for four years. "I wish I had another year with them, but I'm excited to go to college and work on my game even more.

"We all got together before this season in the summer and we all put in some great work," Gayler continued. "It paid off. We had just as many wins this year as my sophomore and junior years combined. When you're over .500, that's a successful season, and that's all I could ask for."

Gayler's name has appeared on several first-team-lists in the region, including the all-county and all-conference teams. In fact, he accounted for more than a third of his team's overall points, as is reflected with some simple comparisons.

In 2014-2015, North's scoring average was 54.7 points per game; Gayler's average was 19.5. North hit 118 of their triples in 2015; Gayler made 38 of them. The team hit 305 free throws accumulatively; Gayler made 93 of them. Out of 327 two-point field goals made by them team, Gayler accounted for 131.

Any way you slice it, Gayler typically comprised of roughly one-third of the team's statistics. Therefore, one can say with confidence that Gayler wasn't just "a" basketball player; he was consistently equal to 1.66 basketball players.

North Montgomery coach Joel Grindle is in his fifth year with the Chargers with an overall 44-65 record, with Gayler undoubtedly contributing to that win total. He said having such a coach-able player like Gayler makes his job truly special.

"He's earned everything he has through hard work," Grindle said. "He's a kid who's put in so much time into basketball. You couldn't ask for a better kid to coach.

"He's just so unselfish and he's always willing to do what you want you want him to do," added Grindle. "When your best player is so coach-able and your best player buys into everything that you're doing, it makes everything easier, and the other guys see that."

Right now, Gayler has a bit of waiting to do before heading north to Bethel. He explained how hard it can be to go through such a transition.

"It's hard to believe, three weeks after the season now, that it's all over," Gayler said. "I'm still kind of stunned from it. We didn't really finish the way we wanted to.

"But I'm really excited," continued Gayler. "It's going to be a big change, going from high school to college - you have to reestablish yourself in a new program and form new relationships. That's what's so rough about leaving high school, there were so many great guys on this team this year. Those guys are like brothers to me."