From many, there will be one. And while there’s still 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 point guard, Princeton (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Greatness Present: Even at this early stage in her career, Kelsey Mitchell is used to being labeled “the best.” It happened yet again earlier this month when the 5-foot-7 senior point guard joined former WNBA player Dee Davis as the only two players in school history to earn a McDonald’s All-American Game selection.
The accolades are flying in for Mitchell—the nation’s top-rated point guard by ESPN and Blue Star Basketball—as she broke a 27-year-old school record upon scoring her 1,480th career point earlier this winter.
She has averaged 25.8 points, 4.4 rebounds 4.1 steals and four assists per game this season, leading the Vikings to a 16-2 start.
Greatness Past: A three-time First Team All-State selection, Mitchell has earned Player of the Year honors from both the Greater Miami Conference and Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association each of the past two seasons.
Greatness Future: Mitchell has verbally committed to Ohio State.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade National 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.