Eye on POY: South Dakota Girls Basketball

February, 28, 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.

Heidi Hoff
Senior guard, Brandon Valley (Brandon, S.D.)

2011-12 Team record: 15-6
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class AA district final on March 1

2011-12 Points per game: 21.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.1

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: South Dakota

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Tournament; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 Team Captain

Caitlin Duffy
Senior forward/guard, St. Thomas More School (Ra[id City, S.D.)

2011-12 Team record: 19-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class A regional final on March 2

2011-12 Points per game: 20.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.2

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Colorado State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Tournament; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

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.

Keri Young: Junior guard/forward, Mitchell (S.D.)
Devon Brecke: Senior guard, Wagner (S.D.)
Marie Malloy: Senior forward, Parkston (S.D.)

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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