High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lafayette

Eye on POY: Louisiana girls basketball

March, 1, 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.

Kuaneshia Baker
Senior guard, Helen Cox (Harvey, La.)

2011-12 Team record: 24-7
2011-12 Team standing: Ineligible for postseason

2011-12 Points per game: 25.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: LSU (NLI)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American Game nominee; Preseason All-Metro Player of the Year; Two-time District Player of the Year; School-record 2,695 career points.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Miss. football recruits

October, 7, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Quay Evans
ESPNHSQuay Evans is Mississippi's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Morton High (Miss.) defensive tackle Quay Evans

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 33
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 312 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Run defense, pass rushing, disruptiveness, strength
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Evans is a big dude who can move and cause problems. He has very good size and looks to carry the weight he has well though he may need to watch how he adds additional size. He can be an explosive kid who flashes the ability to fire out of his stance low, get under blockers pads, and generate good power from his lower body."

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