Eye on POY: Michigan Girls Basketball

March, 5, 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.

Madison Ristovski
Senior guard, University Liggett (Grosse Point Woods, MI)

2011-12 Team record: 19-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class C Regional semifinals on March 6

2011-12 Points per game: 22
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6
2011-12 Assists per game: 8
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Michigan

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team selection; Ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Girls Basketball Report; 2009-2011 First Team All-State

Aerial Powers
Senior small forward, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI)

2011-12 Team record: 20-1
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class B Regional semifinals on March 5

2011-12 Points per game: 20.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 4
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; Ranked No. 5 by the Michigan Girls Basketball Report

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.

Caprice Dennis: Senior guard, Pershing (Detroit, MI)
Branndais Agee: Senior guard, Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)
Kelsey Mitchell: Senior forward, Inkster (MI)

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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