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: Courtney Walker
School: Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.)
Athletic achievement: Walker led the Lady Bombers to a 25-0 record and a berth in the Class 6A regional semifinals, scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 17.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.6 assists through 25 games. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Walker is ranked the nation’s No. 33 recruit by the HoopGurlz ESPNU 100.
Academic excellence: Walker has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.
“In my observation, Courtney Walker is Oklahoma’s most athletic and prolific female basketball player,” said Karlie Free, head coach at North (Edmond, Okla.). “She is the number one issue that coaches must address on their scouting report. Her intense play has helped Edmond Santa Fe become the top high school girls basketball program in the state the past two years.”
THE FUTURE: Walker has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Texas A&M University this fall.