Covering High School Sports in America


Paul George was the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2013 but at last week's Gatorade Athlete of the Year ceremony he was definitely the boldest. Man or woman.

The 23-year-old swingman for the Indiana Pacers sported pink pants, a silver leather shirt and sequenced leather shoes. As flamboyant as his dress, he couldn't have been more cordial and humble with us during interviews.

He called the experience as "surreal," and offered great advice for 12 of the top high school athletes from the 2012-13 season. The under-the-radar Knight (Palmdale, Calif.) and Fresno State standout said that there will be immediate pressure on them in college because they are the "best of the best" in high school.

"Whatever they've done to get to this point they simply need to continue to do," George said.

He also said he's a big fan of boys Athlete of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who is headed to Kansas and projected to be the No. 1 pick of the 2014 NBA draft.

"The kid knows how to do everything," George said. "That will translate well to the college and NBA level."