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: Nicole Bauman
School: Eisenhower (New Berlin, Wis.)
Athletic achievement: Bauman led the Lions to a 22-0 record and a berth in the Division 2 regional semifinals, scheduled for Friday. She averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.1 blocks through 22 games. A returning Division 2 First Team All-State selection as named by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, Bauman shot 50.8 percent from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 80.0 percent from the free throw line this season. She captured the 2010 Division 2 state championship as a sophomore, earning state tournament Most Valuable Player honors in the process.
Academic excellence: Bauman has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, she has volunteered as part of a food drive to benefit the area homeless.
“Obviously her skills, athleticism and statistics speak for themselves, but from an opposing coach’s viewpoint she has many intangibles,” said Tracy Stolte, head coach at South Milwaukee (Wis.). “She is one of the most unselfish players I have seen. I think the highest compliment you can give to a player is that she makes all of the players on her team better. She is a fierce competitor, and I have noted that she even warms up with a tenacity and a precision that you do not even see from some players in a game.”
THE FUTURE: Bauman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Wisconsin this fall.