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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Eye on POY: South Carolina girls basketball


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.

Asia Dozier
Senior Guard, Spring Valley High (Columbia, SC)

2011-12 Team record: 21-5
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to Dorman in second round of state tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 18.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Four-time All-State; Ranked No. 88 senior by ESPNHS; Region IV Player of the Year; Three-time Elite Five selection.

Khadijah Sessions
Senior Guard, Myrtle Beach High (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2011-12 Team record: 20-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to Dreher in second round of state tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 29.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Four-time All-State; Ranked No. 40 senior by ESPNHS; Class AAA Player of the Year; Three-time Elite Five selection.

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.

Xylina McDaniel: Senior Forward, Spring Valley High (Columbia, SC)
Alaina Coates: Junior Center, Dutch Fork High (Irmo, SC)
Kiana Holland: Junior Guard, Seneca High (Seneca, SC)
A'ja Wilson: Sophomore Forward, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, SC)
N'Dea Bryant: Senior Forward, Goose Creek High (Goose Creek, SC)
Naomi Moore: Junior Guard, C.E. Murray High (Williamsburg, SC)
Madison Floyd: Senior Guard, Broome High (Spartanburg, SC)

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.