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

Colorado Girls Hoop POY: Michaela Neuhaus

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: Michaela Neuhaus

THE BASICS

School: Highlands Ranch (Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Neuhaus has led the Falcons to a 22-4 record entering Wednesday's Class 5A semifinals. She averaged 23 points, 4.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while shooting at 85 percent from the free throw line through 26 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Neuhaus helped Highlands Ranch to the Class 5A state title as a junior.

Academic excellence: Neuhaus has maintained a 3.62 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an annual holiday toy drive and multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research.

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Eye on POY: Colorado Girls Basketball

February, 29, 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.

Michaela Neuhaus
Senior point guard, Highlands Ranch (CO)

2011-12 Team record: 20-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 5A quarterfinals on Feb. 29

2011-12 Points per game: 23
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 2
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Denver

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Tournament; 2011 Second Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-League; 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team

Marquelle Dent
Senior point guard, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO)

2011-12 Team record: 20-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 5A quarterfinals on Feb. 29

2011-12 Points per game: 11.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3
2011-12 Assists per game: 9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Wyoming

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Second Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-League; 2010-11 Aurora Sentinel Player of the Year

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Katie Heckman: Senior forward, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO)
Kailey Edwards: Senior guard, Legacy (Broomfield, CO)
Alexus Johnson: Senior forward, Monarch (Louisville, CO)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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