Eye on POY: New York girls basketball

February, 26, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Brianna Butler
Senior Guard, Nazareth (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

2011-12 Team record: 15-2
2011-12 Team standing: 15th in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 19.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 13.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.0
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Syracuse

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American; WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.

Breanna Stewart
Senior forward, Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)

2011-12 Team record: 17-3
2011-12 Team standing: 18th in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 25.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.0
2011-12 Blocks per game: 5.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Connecticut

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American; WBCA All-American; Member of U.S. U-19 Women's National Team; 2010-11 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year; Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Sierra Calhoun: Sophomore Guard, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Bianca Cuevas: Sophomore Guard, Nazareth High (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Saniya Chong: Junior Guard, Ossining (N.Y.)
Darius Faulk: Senior Guard, Nazareth (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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