High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Chloe Pavlech

Eye on POY: Ohio girls basketball

February, 26, 2012
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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.

Malina Howard
Senior center/forward, Twinsburg (Ohio)

2011-12 Team record: 19-3 (Division I)
2011-12 Team standing: Division I district semifinals begin on Thursday; Ranked No. 16 on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011-12 Points per game: 17.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Maryland

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 7 by Hoopgurlz ESPNU 100; 2012 McDonald's All-American selection; 2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year; 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-American; 2011 Division I state tournament Most Outstanding Player; Twinsburg High career scoring leader; 2009-2011 First Team All-State.

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