From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior guard, Owensboro Catholic (Owensboro, Ky.)
Greatness Present: The 6-foot-1 shooting guard is averaging 23.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Aces (20-7) despite missing 12 of Catholic’s 27 games with a slight tear in the lateral meniscus of her right knee. One of three finalists for the 2013 Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year award, Greenwell set a national record when she knocked down 17 3-pointers in a 99-35 win over Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) on Jan. 14.
Greatness Past: A member of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship team, Greenwell averaged 11.9 points, a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists to lead the United States to the gold medal. She averaged 32.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.6 assists per game as a sophomore before missing the entire 2011-12 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Greatness Future: Duke (signed)
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.