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: Tiffany Mitchell
School: Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athletic achievement: Mitchell led the Chargers to a 29-4 record and a third consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A state championship this past season. She averaged 19.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.8 assists. A three-time returning NCISAA Class 3A First Team All-State selection, Mitchell was also a 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team trials invitee. She scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the 2012 state title-clinching victory.
Academic excellence: Mitchell has maintained a 3.41 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s Cultural Alliance Club, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball instructor, as a caroler visiting the elderly during the holiday season and on behalf of the Harvest Food Bank.
“While Tiffany’s statistics speak for themselves,” said Deb Savino, head coach at Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte, N.C.). “She plays hard, doesn’t showboat and is a game-changer. She is always working toward getting better as a player. Many players of her caliber do not follow this path their last year in high school. Tiffany is an exceptional player and individual.”
THE FUTURE: Mitchell has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of South Carolina this fall.