High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Clarksville

Tennessee Girls Hoop POY: Bashaara Graves

March, 8, 2012
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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.

Gatorade POY, Clarksville, Bashaara Graves, Tennessee, girls
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSClarksville (Tenn.) senior forward Bashaara Graves earned McDonald's and WBCA All-American honors.
THE WINNER: Bashaara Graves

THE BASICS

School: Clarksville (Tenn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Graves led the Wildcats to a 36-0 record and a berth in the Class AAA state quarterfinals against Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.), scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game entering the postseason round of eight. Selected to play in both the McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American games, Graves shot 63.9 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free throw line in 2012. She averaged 17.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 3.3 assists as a junior, leading the Warriors (32-4) to the 2011 Class AAA state quarterfinals.

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Eye on POY: Tennessee 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.

Return of the POY, Shacobia Barbee, Tennessee, Riverdale
Chris Hansen/ESPNHSShacobia Barbee is the returning Gatorade Tennessee Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Shacobia Barbee
Senior forward, Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3 (Class 3A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class AAA state tournament begins March 4; No. 5 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011-12 Points per game: 14.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.6

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Georgia

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 61.7 percent from the free throw line. 2010-11 Gatorade Tennessee Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Riverdale faced six opponents ranked on the FAB 50, finishing with a 3-3 record against those teams. No. 82 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Honorable Mention. 2011 Class AAA Miss Basketball. 2011 Class AAA All-Tournament selection. 2010 and 2011 Player of the Year as named by The Tennessean. 2010 & 2011 Class 3A First Team All-State selection as named by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. 2010 Class AAA All-Tournament Most Valuable Player. 2010 Class AAA state champion. 2011 Class AAA state runner-up.

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