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THE WINNER: Lexie Brown
School: North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)
Position: Point guard
Athletic achievement: She averaged 18.4 points, 6.9 assists, 5.1 steals and 4.9 rebounds per game this past season, leading the Bulldogs (30-2) to the Class AAAAAA state championship game. A McDonald’s High School All-American Game and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game selection, Brown shot 42 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line. Brown recorded 20 points, five assists and two steals in a 63-42 loss to Norcross in the state title game. As a member of the USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team, she averaged 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game during Team USA’s gold medal run in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.99 GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, coaching a fifth grade Amateur Athletic Union basketball team and co-founding a mentorship program for younger Bulldogs players, Brown has volunteered locally at the annual Taste of Suwanee and on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“Lexie Brown has a wonderful attitude both on and off the court,” said Jackie Lindquist, head coach of rival Mountain View (Lawrenceville, Ga.). “She has the ability to make everyone around her better while still doing the things necessary to help her team win. She carries herself like a winner and is always respectful of her opponent. She plays the game with class.”
THE FUTURE: Brown will attend Maryland.