Clark/Willow Lake Senior Jacob Prouty is our first nominee for the Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group Boys Player of the Year award. Prouty averaged nearly 20 points per game this season as he led his team to its first state Class “B” tournament championship.
Clark/Willow Lake standout Jacob Prouty scored a combined 72 points in the class “B” semifinals and finals, helping the Cyclones to their first-ever state championship.
“The main thing that drives Jacob is his competitiveness. He is the most fierce competitor that I have ever coached and I’ve coached a lot of good players but not nearly as competitive as Jacob. When it comes to big games and big lights, boy he is going to step up, and he’s going to just compete,” Clark/Willow Lake head coach Jerome Nesheim said.
Prouty paid his dues as a youngster, but credits his family for pushing him on the court.
“Probably my dad and my brother and sister. Playing one on one with them made me a lot better too. Being physical and knowing that when I was young in eighth grade and my brother was a senior, he’d push me around pretty good. My dad he just is always on my butt. You’ve gotta do this right, you’ve gotta do this right,” Cyclones senior Jacob Prouty said.
Jacob averaged nearly 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and the kind of player that makes a coach’s job easy.
“He’s such a competitor and such an athlete that his desire to win makes my game, and my job really easy, because I can just put Jacob out there and when the game gets tough, let’s just get Jacob the ball,” Nesheim said.
Prouty’s competitive fire and performance at the state “B” tournament earned him a spot in our final five.
“It feels pretty cool. It’s an honor to be here. It’s an honor to be nominated for this award but it’s just not me though. It’s my teammates too, they push me. They push me to get to the next level,” Prouty said.
“It’s big for our program and co-op. He has been handed down from the Derek Brown’s and the Skyler Flatten’s that played before him, and he has just taken off from there,” Nesheim said.