High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Moriah Jefferson

Eye on POY: Texas girls basketball

March, 1, 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.

Return of the POY, Alexis Jones, Texas, MacArthur
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSAlexis Jones is the returning Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Alexis Jones
Senior point guard, MacArthur
(Irving, Texas)

2011-12 Team record: 35-3
(Class 5A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 5A regional final to Duncanville (Dallas, Texas), 62-55 in overtime; No. 18 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011-12 Points per game: 24.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 6.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.7

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Duke University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 32.6 points in five Class 5A state tournament games. Her 24.2 points and 6.4 assists produced 55.5 percent of MacArthur’s 66.7 points per game. 2010-11 Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year. No. 3 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2012 McDonald’s All-American. 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game selection. Member of USA Basketball’s 2010 Women’s U18 National Team & 2011 Women’s U19 World Championship Team. 2010 and 2011 ESPNHS All-American. 2011 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2011 Class 5A state champion. 2009, 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

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