By ALEX SPONSELLER
Warwick native and Rocky Hill senior standout basketball player Denzel Correia was named the 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year for his performance on the court this past …
By ALEX SPONSELLER
Warwick native and Rocky Hill senior standout basketball player Denzel Correia was named the 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year for his performance on the court this past season.
Correia had the school’s best individual season and one of the most productive campaigns that the state has ever seen. Correia finished with 21.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. He led the Mariners to the NEPSAC Class D final and helped them win the Southeastern New England Conference Championship. Correia was named the SENE Player of the Year and finished his high school career with over 1,000 points.
“This is something that I have dreamed of since I was a little kid, this was always a goal of mine. To be able to do it this year, my final year, it’s a storybook ending. This year I came in with a chip on my shoulder. Whether it was being under recruited, undervalued, underseen, it came from everywhere from everybody. I just had to show my teammates and coaches what kind of player I am. I had it in me, so I just had to show it,” said Correia, who hopes this honor helps shed light on some of the talent that is housed at Rocky Hill. “We have athletes, and it was one of the best opportunities of my young life. Being the first person from Rocky Hill to get (this award) is definitely something that I will take with me.”
Correia plans on playing college basketball, but has not made his decision on where. He looks forward to the process and plans on bringing plenty of enthusiasm to wherever he ends up.
“College basketball is the goal but I’m not sure where. Wherever I go, I’m going to take a high energy with me with the guys. Whether it is on the bus rides, in practice, goofing around in the locker room, I’m going to take that energy with me,” Correia said.
Correia also looks forward to getting back out there and winning more ball games.
“I was hurt most of my freshman year and I wasn’t even at Rocky Hill. My sophomore year, in the playoffs I missed a game-winning shot, then junior year was a weird year because of COVID. This year is where most of my highlights came. Winning SENE Player of the Year was cool, winning the SENE Championship with my team was a great feeling, but losing this one is definitely going to be a motivator,” said Correia.
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