Return of the POY: D.C.'s Mooriah Rowser

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: Mooriah Rowser

School: St. John's College (Washington, D.C.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Guard

Height: 5-foot-9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Led the Cadets (28-2) to the 2011 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. 2010-11 First Team All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post. 2008-09 and 2009-10 Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Met selection. Three-time First Team All-Conference selection. No. 38 ranked guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz.


Academics: 3.44 GPA

College: University of Memphis

Extracurricular activities: She has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and on behalf of an area homeless shelter.

Jonathan Scribner, head coach of St. John's: “Mooriah Rowser is one of the most dynamic players I have ever coached. She put our team on her back for most of the season and she was such a huge part of our success here.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls basketball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Zoe Beard-Ellis: Junior guard/forward/center, Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders 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 ESPNU recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.