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: Dawnyelle Awa
School: Konawaena (Kealakekua, Hawaii)
Position: Point guard
Athletic achievement: Awa led the Wildcats to a 28-3 record and their second straight Division I state title this past season. She averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds four assists and four steals per game while shooting 54 percent inside the 3-point arc. A four-time Division I All-Tournament Team selection, Awa was named Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Iolani Classic.
Academic excellence: Awa has maintained a 3.42 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research, as a youth basketball coach and referee, and on behalf of Disabled American Veterans.
“Dawnyelle Awa is a complete player with the whole package,” said Mike Taylor, head coach at Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii). “She is a smart, fundamentally solid player who really drives their offense and defense.”
THE FUTURE: Awa has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Washington State University this fall.