LOS ANGELES – Owasso high school star and Baltimore Orioles draftee Dylan Bundy was awarded the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year honor Tuesday at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
"My heart sank and my face turned red because I got a little shy," said Bundy after receiving the award. "It was definitely an unbelievable moment."
Bundy, who was selected fourth overall by Baltimore in June's major league draft, became the first baseball player to win the award in nine years.
Last season with the Rams, Bundy went 11-0 with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 71 innings. He also hit .467 with 11 home runs for Owasso last year.
Bundy already signed a national letter of intent to play with the University of Texas, but he is still deciding whether to sign with the Baltimore Orioles. The deadline for him to make a decision is Aug. 15.
A native of Sperry, Bundy thanked the communities of Sperry and Owasso for supporting him throughout his career.
The award, which is given to the best high school male and female athletes nationwide, includes former winners like NBA superstar LeBron James and Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning.
Soccer player Morgan Brian from Georgia was named the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year and received her award Tuesday as well. Brian scored 71 goals with 30 assists for Frederica Academy in St. Simons, Ga. She led team to 17-2-1 record and fourth straight Georgia Independent School Association Class AA state title.
Bundy and Brian were among 12 finalists nominated based on athletic achievement, academic excellence and exemplary character.
Bundy Named National Player Of The Year