POY WATCH: Colorado girls basketball star Diani Akigbogun outscores her competition

POY WATCH: Colorado girls basketball star Diani Akigbogun outscores her competition

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POY WATCH: Colorado girls basketball star Diani Akigbogun outscores her competition

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The window on the Gatorade 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 USA TODAY team that administers the program’s selection process.

Diani Akigbogun
Junior forward, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Akigbodun is the top rebounder and second-leading scorer for Regis Jesuit, which is tied with crosstown rival Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) for the best record in Class 5A competition. She recorded a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a 59-53 win to hand Grandview its only loss of the season to date on Jan. 12. During her sophomore season, Akigbodun averaged 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

2012-13 Team record: 16-1 (Class 5A)
2012-13 Team standing: Ranked No. 2 in Colorado by USA TODAY
2012-13 Points per game: 13.9
2012-13 Rebounds per game: 7.8

Collegiate destination: Undecided

Adaeze Obinnah
Senior forward, Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Obinnah ranks first on her team in rebounding and blocked shots and is Grandview’s second-leading scorer. She netted a season-high 21 points in a 68-25 win over Mullen (Denver, Colo.) on Jan. 11.

2012-13 Team record: 16-1 (Class 5A)
2012-13 Team standing: Ranked No. 3 in Colorado by USA TODAY
2012-13 Points per game: 11.5
2012-13 Rebounds per game: 6.4
2012-13 Blocks per game: 2.9

Collegiate destination: Rice University

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 three of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2012-13 campaign.

Madison Montgomery: Senior forward, Highlands Ranch (Colo.)
Kaylie Rader: Senior center, Horizon (Thornton, Colo.)
Francesca Sally: Senior guard, East (Denver, Colo.)

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