High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lincoln Northeast

Nebraska Girls Hoop POY: Brianna Craig

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: Brianna Craig


School: Lincoln Northeast (Lincoln, Neb.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Craig led the Rockets to an 18-6 record and a berth in the Class A state quarterfinals this past season. She averaged 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Craig was a First Team Super State selection as a junior and a Third Team All-Nebraska honoree.

Academic excellence: Craig has maintained a 3.41 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered as a peer tutor and on behalf of a local food bank.

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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.

Brianna Craig
Senior Guard, Lincoln Northeast High (Lincoln, NE)

2011-12 Team record: 18-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to Papillion-La Vista South in state quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 18.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Kansas State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team Super State; Third Team All-Nebraska; Second leading scorer in Class A.

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