From many, there will be one. Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year were announced last week, and a number of elite performers are making a case for National Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Junior point guard, Conway (Ark.)
Greatness Present: The biggest criticism of Jordan Danberry may be that she’s a little too unselfish. The pure point guard got the perfect amount of greedy in the postseason, however, carrying the Wampus Cats to an unexpected Class 7A state championship.
In the quarterfinals against top-seeded Fayetteville, the 5-foot-7 junior notched 23 points – her first time over 20 points since early December – to go with eight steals and seven rebounds. She matched that scoring total against West Memphis in the semifinals, netting 20 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time all season. Danberry then scored a season-high 25 points in the state championship victory against Northside – on 11-of-15 shooting.
One of the top playmakers in the Class of 2015, she averaged 12.7 points, 6.5 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game this season.
Greatness Past: Danberry was an All-Conference performer and a member of the Arkansas All-Sophomore team in 2013. She is rated as the nation’s No. 52 recruit in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.
Greatness Future: Danberry will return for her senior season and continue adding to her list of college offers, which currently include Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Mississippi, among others.
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 top contenders making their case.