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Monday, March 5, 2012
Eye on POY: Nevada Girls Basketball

By Joel Beck

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.

Jada Brown
Junior forward, Centennial (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 29-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 13.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 0.3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Northwest League MVP; 2011 and 2012 Las Vegas Holiday Classic MVP; 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference

Zhane Dikes
Senior guard/forward, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 25-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A regional final

2011-12 Points per game: 16.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: San Francisco

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Southwest League MVP; 2012 McDonald’s All-American Nominee; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference;

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.

Diamond Major: Senior forward, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
Gabby Williams: Senior forward, Reed (Sparks, NV)
April Rivers: Senior guard, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
Jasmin Kiley: Senior guard, Palo Verde (NV)

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.