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: Morgan Tuck
School: Bolingbrook (Ill.)
Athletic achievement: Tuck averaged 29.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season, leading the Raiders (27-2) to the Class 4A super-sectionals. A McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American selection, she shot 69.4 percent from the field, 46.0 percent from 3-point range and 78.0 percent from the free throw line. The 2009 National Freshman of the Year and 2010 National Sophomore of the Year as named by ESPNHS, Tuck won Class 4A state championships in each of her first three prep seasons. She also played for USA Basketball’s 2009 U16 National Team, 2010 U17 World Championship Team and 2011 U19 World Championship Team.
Academic excellence: Tuck has maintained a 3.83 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, she has volunteered as part of community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.
“She is the perfect example of what an athlete should be and inspire to be,” said Brian Reed, head coach at Joliet (Ill.). “She is gracious in victory, and she brings out the best in her team and her opponents. Also, she brings the same intensity in the classroom. Who could ask for more?”
THE FUTURE: Tuck has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.