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: Stephanie Mavunga
School: Brownsburg (Ind.)
Athletic achievement: Mavunga averaged 21.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 5.1 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.5 assists per game this past season, leading the Bulldogs (18-3) to the Class 4A state tournament. A member of the USA Basketball U16 National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championships in July, 2011, she was a 2011 Associated Press Third Team All-State selection and a member of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-State Underclassmen team. Mavunga has scored 1,188 points in her prep basketball career.
Academic excellence: Mavunga has maintained a 3.48 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: The vice president of the Brownsburg High House of Representatives, she has volunteered locally as a church aide and with Family Career and Community Leaders of America.
“Stephanie Mavunga really has to do things that are out of her skill set and comfort level just to give her team a chance to win,” said David Cupp, head coach at Avon (Ind.). “She has to handle the ball, get every rebound, block shots and score out of double- and triple-teams on a consistent basis.”
THE FUTURE: Mavunga will begin her senior year of high school this fall.