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D.J. Jeffries of Olive Branch Friday was named the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year. He is now under consideration for the national award.  

It is an Olive Branch sweep of Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year awards, as senior forward D.J. Jeffries has been named the Magnolia State boys Player of the Year. The 6-foot-8 Jeffries joined girls' Player of the Year Endya Buford in being named to the honor.

While Buford is the second Olive Branch girls' player to win the award after Myah Taylor's three-peat while a Lady Quistor, Jeffries becomes the first boys' basketball player from the OB to earn the state award.

While a basketball award, the Gatorade state Player of the Year also involves academic achievement and character on and off the court. Jeffries is now under consideration for the national Gatorade player award.

Jeffries led the Quistors to a 26-8 record and a state runner-up finish in the MHSAA 5A championship game this month. He averaged 23.3 points-per-game, 12.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.6 blocks a contest.

His team won the 5A state title as a junior. The Memphis signee is ranked as the 23rd-best player in the country by ESPN.

"D.J. Jeffries is the most complete basketball player in the state of Mississippi," said Antwayn Patrick, head coach at Holmes County Central High School in a statement. He's got great size, athleticism, and an all-around offensive game, and he's a really good defender. He could score 30 points a game if he wanted to."

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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