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.
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THE WINNER: Alexis Prince
School: Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.)
Athletic achievement: Prince led the Fighting Eagles to a 28-4 record and the Class 6A state championship this past season. She averaged 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.1 blocks and 2.6 assists per game. A McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American selection, Prince shot 51.7 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. An invitee to the 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team trials, she helped her Essence Amateur Athletic Union squad to the semifinals at this past summer’s Nike Nationals.
Academic excellence: Prince has maintained a 3.73 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered on behalf of Every Kid Outreach.
“She’s done a great job for that team,” said Darnell Haney, head coach at Jones (Orlando, Fla.). “She’s virtually unstoppable, a quiet kid and respectable off the court. She’s a kid you would love on your team.”
THE FUTURE: Prince has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Baylor University this fall.