High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: La Jolla Country Day

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.

Nirra Fields
Senior Guard, Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, CA)

2011-12 Team record: 29-3
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Brea Olinda in Southern Section Div. 1AA final, 3/2; Ranked No. 10 in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 21.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UCLA

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 11 senior by ESPNHS; McDonald's and WBCA All-American; Standout for Canada's U-19 Women's National Team.

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