High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Dakota Gonzalez

Eye on POY: Idaho Girls Basketball

March, 5, 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.

Tisha Phillips
Senior guard, Lewiston (ID)

2011-12 Team record: 22-4
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 15
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Idahosports.com Class 5A State Tournament MVP; 2012 League MVP; 2011 League Newcomer of the Year; Dakota Gonzalez
Junior guard, Highland (Pocatello, ID)

2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 16.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.8
2011-12 Steals per game: 4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS JUnior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 Second Team All-State; 2010 Region co-Player of the Year

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.

Dylan Gonzalez: Junior guard, Highland (Pocatello, ID)
Caelyn Orlandi: Junior point guard, Coeur d'Alene (ID)
Liz Landreth: Senior forward, Capital (Boise, ID)

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.

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