High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Spring Valley

South Carolina Girls Hoop POY: Asia Dozier

March, 8, 2012
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: Asia Dozier


School: Spring Valley (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Dozier led the Vikings to a 21-5 record and the second round of the Class 4A state tournament this past season. She averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 rebounds per game. A four-time member of the All-State team, Dozier was thrice selected to the Elite Five by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Academic excellence: Dozier has maintained a 4.34 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a children’s museum, youth basketball programs, and has raised money for cancer research.

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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.

Asia Dozier
Senior Guard, Spring Valley High (Columbia, SC)

2011-12 Team record: 21-5
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to Dorman in second round of state tournament

2011-12 Points per game: 18.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.8
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Four-time All-State; Ranked No. 88 senior by ESPNHS; Region IV Player of the Year; Three-time Elite Five selection.

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Return of the POY: South Carolina's Xylina McDaniel

February, 1, 2012
Return of the POY, Xylina McDaniel, Spring Valley, South Carolina
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSXylina McDaniel is the returning Gatorade South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Xylina McDaniel
School: Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-2

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Led Vikings (29-0) to the 2011 Class 4A state championship. No. 25 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz. 2010 USA Basketball Women's U17 National Team Trials Roster member. Three-time Class 4A First Team All-State selection as named by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. 2009-10 Class 4A Player of the Year as named by SCBCA.

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POY Potential: W.V. All-State volleyball

October, 28, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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