ESPNHS is breaking down the race for Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball across each state over the next few weeks. Today, Ben Rohrbach details the girls basketball race in Massachusetts, and to nobody's surprise the frontrunner is Andover guard Nicole Boudreau.
Boudreau, the leader of ESPNBoston.com's No. 1 team in the land, took Gatorade Player of the Year honors last year as well as ESPN Boston's inaugural Miss Basketball award. She has the Golden Warriors undefeated so far, and a favorite to become the first squad to win three straight Division 1 state titles in nearly 15 seasons.
Here's how Boudreau breaks down, courtesy of ESPNHS:
Name: Nicole Boudreau
School: Andover (Mass.)
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Led the Warriors (27-1) to the 2011 Division 1 state title. No. 85 ranked guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz. 2010 and 2011 Division 1 state champion.
Academics: 4.0 weighted GPA
College: Boston College (verbal)
Extracurricular activities: An elite teen golfer who is the junior champion at Andover Country Club, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and tutor.
Sue Downer, head coach of rival Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.): “Nicole Boudreau is their leader, their emotional leader. When they’re down, she’s the one rallying them together. She wants the big shot. Nicole has elevated her game. You know she’s a fantastic shooter, but she’s got a great drive, too. That’s the aspect she’s gotten better at. She can now go inside, which before she couldn’t really do.”