High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Girls Basketball

Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year nominees

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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the female nominees are (click here for the male nominees):

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POY Alumni: Populating Wooden nominees

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Skylar Diggins, Indiana, POY Alumni, Washington, girlsAssociated PressNotre Dame junior guard and John R. Wooden Award finalist Skylar Diggins captured 2008-09 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors and two Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards.
Of the 15 women finalists for this year’s John R. Wooden Award, a majority are former Gatorade Player of the Year honorees --nine in all.

Nominees include three former Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners in Notre Dame junior guard Skylar Diggins of Washington (South Bend, Ind.), Stanford senior forward Nneka Ogwumike of Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) and Stanford sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike of Cy-Fair.

Five 2012 Wooden finalists were twice recognized as State Player of the Year during their high school career: Delaware junior wing Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, Del./2005-06, 2007-08) and Tennessee senior wing Shekinna Stricklen of Morrilton (Morrilton, Ark./2005-06, 2007-08) along with Diggins (2007-09), the elder Ogwumike sister (2006-08) and the only freshman among this year’s finalists, Duke center Elizabeth Williams of Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va./2009-11).

Other POY alumni contending for college basketball’s ultimate honor this year include Baylor junior center Brittney Griner of Nimitz (Texas/2008-09), Ohio State senior guard Samantha Prahalis of Commack (Commack, N.Y./2007-08) and Kentucky junior guard A’dia Mathies of Iroquois (Louisville, Ky.).

Last month, Delle Donne, who owns a 3.6 GPA, was named the NCAA Academic All-America of the Year.

Gatorade Girls Hoop Players of the Year

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Wyoming Girls Hoop POY: Kaylee Johnson

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Kaylee Johnson

THE BASICS

School: Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Wing
Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Johnson led the Fillies to a 22-1 record and a berth in the Class 4A state tournament, scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.2 blocks, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists while shooting 60 percent from the floor through 23 games. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Johnson leads the state in scoring, blocked shots and field goal percentage this season.

Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor, a youth basketball coach and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit an area toddler who was born with multiple complications in her eye.

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Wisconsin Girls Hoop POY: Nicole Bauman

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Nicole Bauman

THE BASICS

School: Eisenhower (New Berlin, Wis.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bauman led the Lions to a 22-0 record and a berth in the Division 2 regional semifinals, scheduled for Friday. She averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.1 blocks through 22 games. A returning Division 2 First Team All-State selection as named by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, Bauman shot 50.8 percent from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 80.0 percent from the free throw line this season. She captured the 2010 Division 2 state championship as a sophomore, earning state tournament Most Valuable Player honors in the process.

Academic excellence: Bauman has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, she has volunteered as part of a food drive to benefit the area homeless.

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West Virginia Girls Hoop POY: Makenzie White

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Makenzie White

THE BASICS

School: Scott (Madison, W.Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: White led the Skyhawks to a 22-2 record and a berth in the Class AA quarterfinals, played Wednesday. She averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.7 steals through 24 games. A two-time First Team All-State selection, White notched a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 70-36 win over Herbert Hoover (Clendenin, W.Va.) in the Class AA Region 4 final.

Academic excellence: White has maintained a 3.24 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.

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Washington Girls Hoop POY: Brittany McPhee

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Brittany McPhee, girls, Mount Rainier, Washington
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSBrittany McPhee led Mount Rainier (Des Moines, Wash.) to third place in the Class 4A state tournament.
THE WINNER: Brittany McPhee

THE BASICS

School: Mount Rainier (Des Moines, Wash.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Wing
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: McPhee averaged 22.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.8 assists and 2.6 blocks per game this season, leading the Rams (27-2) to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors. Also a First Team All-Area selection as named by The Seattle Times, she earned South Puget Sound League North Most Valuable Player recognition and has set single-season and career school records for scoring and blocks in just two prep seasons.

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Virginia Girls Hoop POY: Caroline Coyer

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Caroline Coyer

THE BASICS

School: Oakton (Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Coyer has led the Cougars to a 29-0 record and a berth in the Group AAA state semifinals against Woodside (Newport News, Va.), played Wednesday. She averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals entering the state final four. A two-time Northern Region Player of the Year and a 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection, Coyer has scored 1,556 points and recorded 584 assists in her prep basketball career as one of two Group AAA players ever to reach 1,500 points and 500 assists.

Academic excellence: Coyer has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has donated her time creating graphics and marketing materials for Fund It America, which raises money for wounded veteran associations. She has also volunteered locally at battered women’s shelters and as a youth basketball and soccer coach.

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Vermont Girls Hoop POY: Sarah Illingworth

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Sarah Illingworth

THE BASICS

School: Hartford (White River Junction, Vt.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Illingworth led the Hurricanes to a 15-5 record and a berth in the Division 2 playoffs against Otter Valley Union (Brandon, Vt.), played Wednesday. She averaged 12.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game entering the postseason. Illingworth is a First Team All-Marble Valley honoree and a member of the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen.

Academic excellence: Illingworth has maintained a 4.02 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a community food shelf for the needy and youth basketball programs.

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Utah Girls Hoop POY: Brittney Martin

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Brittney Martin, Utah, girls, Syracuse
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSBrittney Martin led Syracuse (Utah) to the Class 5A state championship this past season.
THE WINNER: Brittney Martin

THE BASICS

School: Syracuse (Utah)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Martin led the Titans to a perfect 22-0 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. She averaged 19.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.7 steals per game. The Deseret News Miss Basketball as a junior, she is rated the nation’s No.19 recruit in the Class of 2012 by the HoopGurlz ESPNU 100 and was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

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Texas Girls Hoop POY: Alexis Jones

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Return of the POY, Alexis Jones, Texas, MacArthur
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSAlexis Jones is the returning Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
THE WINNER: Alexis Jones

THE BASICS

School: MacArthur (Irving, Texas)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Jones averaged 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.8 steals and 1.1 blocks this past season, leading the Cardinals (35-3) to the Class 5A regional finals, where they fell to Duncanville (Dallas, Texas), 62-55, in overtime. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, she is a two-time returning All-American as named by ESPNHS. Jones averaged 24.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 5.0 steals and 1.5 blocks as a junior, capturing the state title game’s Most Valuable Player honor in leading MacArthur to the 2011 Class 5A state championship. She played for USA Basketball’s 2010 Women’s U18 National Team and 2011 Women’s U19 World Championship Team.

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Tennessee Girls Hoop POY: Bashaara Graves

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Clarksville, Bashaara Graves, Tennessee, girls
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSClarksville (Tenn.) senior forward Bashaara Graves earned McDonald's and WBCA All-American honors.
THE WINNER: Bashaara Graves

THE BASICS

School: Clarksville (Tenn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Graves led the Wildcats to a 36-0 record and a berth in the Class AAA state quarterfinals against Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.), scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game entering the postseason round of eight. Selected to play in both the McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American games, Graves shot 63.9 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free throw line in 2012. She averaged 17.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 3.3 assists as a junior, leading the Warriors (32-4) to the 2011 Class AAA state quarterfinals.

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South Dakota Girls Hoop POY: Heidi Hoff

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Heidi Hoff

THE BASICS

School: Brandon Valley (Brandon, S.D.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hoff led the Lynx a 16-7 record and a berth in the Class AA quarterfinals, scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals through 23 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Hoff scored a school single-game record 45 points in a win over Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.) on Jan. 10.

Academic excellence: Hoff has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and a devoted parishioner in her church community, she has served as Class President. Hoff has also volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter and recently completed a service-mission trip to Mexico.

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South Carolina Girls Hoop POY: Asia Dozier

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Asia Dozier

THE BASICS

School: Spring Valley (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Dozier led the Vikings to a 21-5 record and the second round of the Class 4A state tournament this past season. She averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 rebounds per game. A four-time member of the All-State team, Dozier was thrice selected to the Elite Five by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Academic excellence: Dozier has maintained a 4.34 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a children’s museum, youth basketball programs, and has raised money for cancer research.

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Rhode Island Girls Hoop POY: Kailey Fugere

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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Kailey Fugere

THE BASICS

School: Woonsocket (R.I.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Fugere averaged 21.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.5 assists per game this past season, leading the Lady Novans (16-9) to the Division I state quarterfinals. A 2011 Second Team All-State selection, she shot 59.7 percent from the field and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The state’s leading scorer as a senior, Fugere concluded her prep basketball career with 1,360 points and 849 rebounds.

Academic excellence: Fugere has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a literacy-outreach program, as a volleyball and bowling coach for physically and intellectually challenged youth and with the Respite Program, serving families with special-needs children.

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