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: Jonquel Jones
School: Riverdale Baptist School
(Upper Marlboro, Md.)
Athletic achievement: Jones led the Crusaders to a 35-2 record and the National Association of Christian Athletes Division 1 Tournament championship this past season. She averaged 15.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. A WBCA All-American Game selection, Jones was the MVP this season of the Geneva Rutherford Tournament and the More Than Basketball Tournament. She scored 18 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in a 57-54 win over Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) in the NACA Division I championship game.
Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of both her school and church choirs, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and as a mentor to special-needs children.
“Jonquel Jones can impact the game on both ends of the floor,” said Rebecca Tillett, head coach at Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.). “She uses her athleticism within the team concept. She can take over a game on the defensive side altering shots, getting deflections or boards. She can also take over the game offensively at a moment’s notice.”
THE FUTURE: Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Clemson University this fall.