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 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Jasmine Jones
School: Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Athletic achievement: Jones averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor this past season, leading the Patriots (36-3) to the Class 6A state final. A 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game selection, she is ranked as the nation’s No. 39 on the HoopGurlz ESPNU 100.
Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach.
“Jasmine Jones is the best player in Alabama,” said John Cain, head coach at Northridge (Tuscaloosa, Ala.). “She’s the reason we were knocked out of the state playoffs. In our game she collected about 20 rebounds and we typically do a pretty good job on the boards. She is extremely versatile, she’s able to handle the ball and defend on the perimeter.”
THE FUTURE: Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Tennessee this fall.