Las Cruces High guard/forward Lucio Luttrell won the Gatorade Player of the Year yet wasn't on the all-state first team.
The top squad consisted of guards Michael Maya (Valley), Ronnie Daniels (La Cueva) and Mark Tenorio (Manzano) along with forwards Jaye Crockett (Clovis) and Alfonso Hubbard (Gallup).
Team two was Luttrell, Highland guard Marcus Franco, Alamogordo guard Travis Geiger, Rio Grande guard Gabe Sanchez and Highland forward Chad Adams.
There were some eyebrows raised when Luttrell pocketed the award. The theory was that there were other standout players who put up monster numbers who may have been more deserving. I'm not saying I felt this way - I support the local guy getting the honor - but there were rumblings going the other way on the issue.
A number of factors are considered when making the Player of the Year decision. Basketball is not the only element, although it is the major one. I do think when the winner of the award doesn't make the all-state first team, the critics will come out all the more.