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Eye on POY: Oklahoma Girls Basketball

3/1/2012

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.

Courtney Walker

Senior guard, School (Santa Fe, OK)

2011-12 Team record: 24-0

2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 6A regional final on March 1

2011-12 Points per game: 17.7

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.1

2011-12 Assists per game: 3.6

2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.9

2011-12 Steals per game: 4.1

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Texas A&M

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 33 on the Hoopgurlz ESPNU 100; 2011 Oklahoman Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Conference Player of the Year

Ashley Clarke

Senior point guard, Midwest City (OK)

2011-12 Team record: 25-0

2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 6A regional final on March 1

2011-12 Points per game: 10.9

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.4

2011-12 Assists per game: 3.5

2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.4

2011-12 Steals per game: 1.9

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Tulsa University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year; 2011 and 2012 Team MVP; 2011 First Team All-State

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.

Jessica Washington: Senior forward, Jenks (OK)

Gioya Carter: Junior guard, Carl Albert (Midwest City, OK)

Kelsey Crovery: Senior guard, Shawnee (OK)

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.