High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Asia Dozier

South Carolina Girls Hoop POY: Asia Dozier

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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.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Asia Dozier

THE BASICS

School: Spring Valley (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Dozier led the Vikings to a 21-5 record and the second round of the Class 4A state tournament this past season. She averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 rebounds per game. A four-time member of the All-State team, Dozier was thrice selected to the Elite Five by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Academic excellence: Dozier has maintained a 4.34 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a children’s museum, youth basketball programs, and has raised money for cancer research.

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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.

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