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: Jada Brown
School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Athletic achievement: Brown averaged 13.5 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs (29-3) to the Class 4A semifinals. The 2012 Northwest League MVP, she was a 2011 First Team All-State selection and the 2011 and 2012 Las Vegas Holiday Classic MVP.
Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.82 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research.
“Jada Brown is by far the best player that we faced this year,” said Phil Clarke, head coach at Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nev.). “On the court, she can do it all. There aren’t too many in our area like her.”
THE FUTURE: Brown will begin her senior year of high school this fall.