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Arik Gilbert, Paige Bueckers named 2019-20 Gatorade Athlete of the Year – Professional stars—including Todd Gurley and Brittney Griner—joined in on the surprise announcements

It was just a typical morning for Arik Gilbert and Paige Bueckers.
Gilbert, the former Marietta High School (Maritetta, Ga.) football standout, has been acclimating to college life since January in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he looks to begin the next chapter of his football career under head coach Ed Orgeron and the defending BCS national champion LSU Tigers.
As the day began, he prepared for tutoring…ordinary routines…until his brother came and got him, explaining that they needed to leave.
Where? Why?
Arik didn’t have a clue, but followed his brother’s lead where he entered a room filled with balloons, with each step taken toward the chair in front of the television being filmed