The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Senior Guard, Appoquinimink High (Middletown, DE)
2011-12 Team record: 20-2
2011-12 Team standing: Plays St. Mark’s in state quarterfinals, 3/3
2011-12 Points per game: 18.7
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 5.0
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Diamond State Classic MVP; All-State Honorable Mention in 2011; School career leader in points, steals, assists.
Senior Center, Sanford School (Hockessin, DE)
2011-12 Team record: 17-4
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Wilmington Charter in state quarterfinal, 3/3
2011-12 Points per game: 14.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 0.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.3
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: George Washington
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Won state titles in 2010, 2011; Third Team All-State in 2011; Team is 15-1 with White in the lineup.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Kelly Perillo: Senior Forward, Wilmington Charter (Wilmington, DE)
Adrianna Hahn: Freshman Guard, Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, DE)
Aaliyah Davis: Senior Guard, Cape Henlopen High (Lewes, DE)
Nyjae Dickerson: Senior Guard, Brandywine High (Wilmington, DE)
Nichele Potter: Senior Guard, Dover High (Dover, DE)
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