High-SchoolGirl: HoopGurlz

Breanna Stewart wins Gatorade AOY

July, 11, 2012
Basketball star Breanna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) was named the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

The UConn-bound senior who is the No. 1 prospect in the 2012 class was also the Gatorade girls' basketball national player of the year, the ESPN HoopGurlz player of the year and the Morgan Wootten player of the year.

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The push for girls' basketball state titles hasn't even begun yet, but on Wednesday six high school stars won a national award, of sorts.

USA Basketball announced that the USA Women's U19 World Championship Team was the 2011 USA Basketball Team of the Year.

Junior Diamond DeShields of Norcross (Ga.) and seniors Jordan Adams of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Alexis Jones of MacArthur (Irving, Texas), Breanna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.), Imani Stafford of Windward (Los Angeles, Calif.) and
Morgan Tuck of Bolingbrook (Ill.) were on the team that was decided as part of the ESPNHS Girls Showcase at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Stewart, the No. 1 player in the 2012 class according to HoopGurlz, was selected to the All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team after the U.S. captured gold in the July 21-31 tournament in Puerto Montt, Chile.

"We had players that had competed in the 2009 U16 and 2010 U17 championships together, and then players that had played together on the U18 team last year, so it was a mixture," Stewart said of the team's composition. "We also had players that were going to be seniors in high school, like me, alongside players that were going to be college freshmen and even sophomores. We put those differences aside, and we were all able to play well together."
With days to go before the early signing period, high school girls' basketball stars across the country are making some very important decisions.

On Monday, Janee Thompson of Chicago, ranked the No. 35 player in the country by ESPNU HoopGurlz, announced she would be attending Kentucky. On Saturday, No. 42 Breanna McDonald from Lithonia, Ga., decided to stay in-state and gave a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech.

The early signing period runs Nov. 9-16, and 21 of the Top 100 players in the class of 2012 have yet to announce their decisions. Buckle up for an exciting time, and get the latest signings news from ESPN HoopGurlz here.
The tragic news of Tayshana Murphy's murder came early Sunday morning. The basketball standout had just started her senior year at Murry Bergtraum (Manhattan, N.Y.) when she was shot and killed in a hallway at her home on Sept. 11.

According to ESPN New York, police are now looking to question two men who were caught on video at the scene of the crime. A New York Daily News report on Monday said Murphy might have been targeted along with her two brothers, which contradicted an earlier belief that it was a case of mistaken identity.

"Even though she was a tough street kid, she was a really sweet girl," her former club and high school coach Apache Paschall told HoopGurlz. "Everybody liked her. She was a jokester, real witty. She made everybody laugh and feel comfortable. She was just one of those kids."