High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Michaela Mabrey

New Jersey Girls Hoop POY: Michaela Mabrey

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: Michaela Mabrey


School: Manasquan (N.J.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Mabrey led the Warriors to a 27-2 record and a berth in the Group 3 state semifinals against Seneca (Tabernacle, N.J.), scheduled for Thursday. Mabrey averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.8 steals through 29 games. The Kerwin Award winner as top player in the Shore Conference, she has been selected for both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game.

Academic excellence: Mabrey has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.

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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.

Danaejah Grant
Senior guard, Piscataway (N.J.)

2011-12 Team record: 19-6 (Group IV)
2011-12 Team standing: Group IV, North 2 first round vs. Union on Tuesday

2011-12 Points per game: 22.7
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Clemson University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 33.0 PPG in conference tournament; Over 2,400 career points; First Team All-State; Four-time Greater Middlesex Conference All-Star.

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