High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Maddie Stock

Missouri Girls Hoop POY: Maddie Stock

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: Maddie Stock


School: St. Joseph’s Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-1


Athletic achievement: Stock averaged 17.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.0 steals, 3.2 assists and 2.3 blocks per game this past season, leading the Angels (25-6) to the Class 5 state quarterfinals. A three-time Class 5 All-State selection and a three-time St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro pick, she connected on 99 attempts from 3-point range as a senior. Stock concluded her prep basketball career with 1,800 points.

Academic excellence: Stock has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, she has volunteered locally at an area food bank and as a youth counselor.

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Eye on POY: Missouri 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.

Taylor Manuel
Senior forward/center, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)

2011-12 Team record: 24-6
2011-12 Team standing: Play St. Joseph's Academy in Class 5 state quarterfinals March 3; ESPNHS ranking No. 32

2011-12 Points per game: 15.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 3.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Purdue (NLI)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American Game nominee; WBCA honorable mention All-American; 2011 Class 5 All-State selection; quadruple-double (27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks) in 70-49 win over Cor Jesu.

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