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: Ashley Clark
School: Midwest City (Okla.)
Position: Point guard
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Led Bombers (27-1) to the 2011 Class 6A state championship game. 2010-11 Super 5 First Team All-State selection as named by The Oklahoman. 2010-11 Titan Invitational Most Valuable Player. No. 42 ranked wing in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz.
Academics: 4.20 weighted GPA
College: University of Tulsa
Extracurricular activities: A member of her school’s student council, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth basketball coach.
Art Bode, head coach of Midwest City: “Ashley Clark has been such a consistent and valuable player for us all season long. She’s picked us up whenever we’ve needed it and she has become a true leader on the court.”
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.
Courtney Walker: Senior guard, Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.)
Jessica Washington: Junior guard, Jenks (Okla.)
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.