High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: P.K. Yonge

Eye on POY: Florida girls basketball

February, 28, 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, Niya Johnson, P.K. Yonge, girls, Florida
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSSenior point guard Niya Johnson led P.K. Yonge (Gainesville, Fla.) to the Class 3A state championship.
Niya Johnson
Senior point guard, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School (Gainesville, Fla.)

2011-12 Team record: 30-1
(Class 3A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class 3A state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 19.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.7

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Baylor University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Totaled 24 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds in a 58-43 win over Parkway Academy (Miramar, Fla.) in the Class 3A state title game. Shot 50 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line. No. 43 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 Honorable Mention. 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team trials roster. 2011 Nike National All-Tournament Second Team selection as named by ESPNHS.

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