High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Madison Ristovski

Michigan Girls Hoop POY: Madison Ristovski

March, 8, 2012
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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: Madison Ristovski

THE BASICS

School: University Liggett School
(Gross Pointe Woods, Mich.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ristovski led the Knights to a 20-4 record and a berth in the Class C regional final, scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.8 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals through 24 games. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Ristovski is the top-ranked recruit in the state by the Michigan Girls Basketball Report.

Academic excellence: Ristovski has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A staff editor for her school’s yearbook, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and as a youth basketball coach.

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Eye on POY: Michigan Girls Basketball

March, 5, 2012
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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.

Madison Ristovski
Senior guard, University Liggett (Grosse Point Woods, MI)

2011-12 Team record: 19-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class C Regional semifinals on March 6

2011-12 Points per game: 22
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6
2011-12 Assists per game: 8
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Michigan

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team selection; Ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Girls Basketball Report; 2009-2011 First Team All-State

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