High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Katie Gillespie

D.C. Girls Hoop POY: Katie Gillespie

March, 8, 2012
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.

THE WINNER: Katie Gillespie


School: Georgetown Visitation Prep
(Washington, D.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-8


Athletic achievement: Gillespie led the Cubs to a 25-4 record and the Independent School League AA championship this past season. She averaged 21 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game while shooting at 52 percent from the floor. A two-time First Team All-League honoree, Gillespie is a 2012 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection.

Academic excellence: Gillespie has maintained a 4.16 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Spanish Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of food and clothing drives for area homeless and a fundraising campaign to send books to schoolchildren in Africa.

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Eye on POY: D.C. girls basketball

February, 23, 2012
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.

Katie Gillespie
Senior guard, Georgetown Visitation Prep (Washington, D.C.)

2011-12 Team record: 22-4
2011-12 Team standing: Independent School League AA quarterfinals on Friday

2011-12 Points per game: 21
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Holy Cross

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011-12 Team MVP, 2010-2012 First Team All-League, 2012 Washington Post All-Met Watch List.

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