High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Nirra Fields

California Girls Hoop POY: Nirra Fields

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.

Gatorade POY, girls, Nirra Fields, Mater Dei, California
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSMater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) senior guard Nirra Fields is a member of Canada's U19 Women's National Team.
THE WINNER: Nirra Fields

THE BASICS

School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Fields led the Monarchs to a 30-3 record, the Southern Section Division I-AA championship and a berth in the state tournament against Burbank (Calif.), played Wednesday. She averaged 22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.4 assists through 33 games. A member of Canada’s U19 Women’s National Team, Fields is both a McDonald’s All-American Game and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game selectee.

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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.

Nirra Fields
Senior Guard, Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, CA)

2011-12 Team record: 29-3
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Brea Olinda in Southern Section Div. 1AA final, 3/2; Ranked No. 10 in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 21.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UCLA

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 11 senior by ESPNHS; McDonald's and WBCA All-American; Standout for Canada's U-19 Women's National Team.

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