High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Nia Coffey

Eye on POY: Minnesota 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.

Eye on POY, Nia Coffey, Hopkins, girls, Minnesota
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSJunior forward Nia Coffey has led Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) to 39th on the ESPNHS FAB 50.
Nia Coffey
Junior forward, Hopkins
(Minnetonka, Minn.)

2011-12 Team record: 23-1
(Class AAAA)
2011-12 Team standing: Class AAAA state tournament begins on March 15; No. 39 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011-12 Points per game: 15.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.3

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Northwestern University (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 23.0 points, 14.1 rebounds, 4.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 2.2 assists per 32 minutes. Shooting 46 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the free throw line. No. 43 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS. 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team trials roster. 2011 Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by the Associated Press. 2011 First Team All-Lake Conference selection. 2011 All-Tournament selection. 2011 Class AAAA state champion.

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