Eye on POY: Alabama 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.

Jasmine Jones
Senior guard/forward, Bob Jones (Madison, AL)

2011-12 Team record: 36-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A state final

2011-12 Points per game: 17.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.4

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Tennessee

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 39 on Hoopgurlz ESPNU 100; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2012 McDonald’s All-American nominee; 2012 WBCA All-American

Hayden Hamby
Senior guard/forward, West Morgan (Trinity, AL)

2011-12 Team record: 23-11
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 3A Regional Final

2011-12 Points per game: 34.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.8
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Purdue

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Alabama Girls Basketball Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

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.

Chelsea Black: Senior forward, Bessemer City (AL)
Jasmine Steele: Senior forward, Midfield (Birmingham, AL)
Chardonae Fuqua: Senior forward, Hoover (AL)

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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