High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Danbury

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.

Morgan Olander

Senior Center, E.O. Smith High (Storrs, CT)

2011-12 Team record: 22-1

2011-12 Team standing: Plays Windsor in second round of Class L tournament, 3/2

2011-12 Points per game: 14.5

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.5

2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1

2011-12 Blocks per game: 3.2

2011-12 Steals per game: 2.3

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 22 straight wins to start season; Third Team All-State in 2011; Two-time All-Conference; Selected to Jewish Community Center and and Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-Star Games.

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