Katie Lou Samuelson is averaging 30 points per game and practically a prestigious award per week during her senior season at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California).
On Thursday, the Connecticut recruit and the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2015 class was named the Gatorade national girls basketball player of the year in a ceremony at Mater Dei. Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne presented Samuelson with the award.
Add the Gatorade national award to the Gatorade California award to the Morgan Wootten player of the year award to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association player of the year award to her selection as a McDonald's All American to MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions to her gold medal with USA Basketball, and -- well -- it's time to break out the calculator.
In addition to her 30 points, Samuelson also is averaging 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for Mater Dei, which is 30-2 and the No. 3 team in the espnW 25 Power Rankings. Samuelson also boasts a 4.26 weighted GPA.
Samuelson joins current Connecticut stars Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis as recipients of the Gatorade national player of the year award. Notre Dame freshman Brianna Turner won the award last year. Other noteworthy winners include Skylar Diggins, Maya Moore, Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie.
One prize that has eluded Samuelson so far is a state championship. The 6-foot-3 wing and Mater Dei still need two more wins to claim that title. Next up for the Monarchs is a Saturday showdown against Chaminade (West Hills, California), which has handed Mater Dei its only two losses of the season.