A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Michaela Mabrey
School: Manasquan (N.J.)
Athletic achievement: Mabrey led the Warriors to a 27-2 record and a berth in the Group 3 state semifinals against Seneca (Tabernacle, N.J.), scheduled for Thursday. Mabrey averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.8 steals through 29 games. The Kerwin Award winner as top player in the Shore Conference, she has been selected for both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game.
Academic excellence: Mabrey has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.
“Mabrey has all the tools,” said David Kasyan, head coach at Jackson Liberty (Jackson, N.J.). “Her range and ability to drive to the hoop make her a constant threat on the offensive end. She also handles the ball and makes good decisions. She’s exceptional.”
THE FUTURE: Mabrey has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.