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Return of the POY: Massachusetts' Nicole Boudreau

Nicole Boudreau is the returning Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Glenn Nelson/ESPNHS

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Nicole Boudreau

School: Andover (Mass.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Guard

Height: 5-foot-8

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Led the Warriors (27-1) to the 2011 Division 1 state title. 2009-10 and 2010-11 Division 1 Player of the Year as named by The Boston Globe. No. 85 ranked guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz. 2010 and 2011 Division 1 state champion.

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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.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls basketball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Kara Charette: Senior forward, Fairhaven (Mass.)

Jill Cullen Senior guard, North Attleboro (Mass.)

Julia Wood Junior guard, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, Mass.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.