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: Alexis Jones
School: MacArthur (Irving, Texas)
Position: Point guard
Athletic achievement: Jones averaged 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.8 steals and 1.1 blocks this past season, leading the Cardinals (35-3) to the Class 5A regional finals, where they fell to Duncanville (Dallas, Texas), 62-55, in overtime. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, she is a two-time returning All-American as named by ESPNHS. Jones averaged 24.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 5.0 steals and 1.5 blocks as a junior, capturing the state title game’s Most Valuable Player honor in leading MacArthur to the 2011 Class 5A state championship. She played for USA Basketball’s 2010 Women’s U18 National Team and 2011 Women’s U19 World Championship Team.
Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to volunteering locally for a food bank, the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of America, she has donated her time as part of a youth-literacy campaign, a holiday gift-giving initiative and multiple youth basketball organizations.
“I have been coaching for 40 years and have had numerous players play at the next level, and by far Alexis is one of the best players to ever play the game,” said Sue Cannon, head coach at Trinity (Texas). “The only player that I can compare her to is Tamika Catchings, who played for Duncanville, the University of Tennessee and now the WNBA. I would hold heartedly endorse Alexis for Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Besides being a great player, she makes everyone around her better.”
THE FUTURE: Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Duke University this fall.