Breanna Stewart, a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) and a UConn-signee, has been named the 2012 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year by the McDonald's All-American Game committee.
The award is named for Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten, a selection committee chair, in recognition of his outstanding work as a coach and teacher. The award recognizes athletes both on and off the court.
Stewart is the nation's top player in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, and her team is currently ranked No. 15 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Cicero-North Syracuse recently won its fourth consecutive Section III title. Last season, Stewart led her team to a state championship.
On the season, Stewart, a 6-foot-3 forward, is averaging 25.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
"Being a McDonald's All-American is a great honor, but to be chosen as Player of the Year makes it even more special," Stewart said. "This is an award I'll remember for the rest of my life, and I'm grateful to my coaches, trainers and family members who have been right behind me every step of the way."
Stewart joins other Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award winners such as Candace Parker (2004), Tina Charles (2006) and Maya Moore (2007). Elizabeth Williams, who won the award last season, is currently a freshman at Duke.
Other nominees for the award included Malina Howard of Twinsburg (Ohio), home-schooled star Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas), Alexis Jones of MacArthur (Irving, Texas), Jewell Loyd of Niles West (Lincolnwood, Ill.) and Morgan Tuck of Bolingbrook (Ill.).
Bishop Gorman senior Shabazz Muhammad was the recipient of the award on the boys' side.
The 2012 McDonald's All-American Game will be played on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago and shown live at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.