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 Guard, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Greatness Present: One thing Christ the King does better than almost any other high school is produce McDonald’s All-American girls’ basketball players. Not that Chamique Holdsclaw, Sue Bird, Tina Charles, et al., have anything to do with Calhoun’s selection as the eighth Royal to receive the honor since McDonald’s first girls’ game in 2002. The 6-foot guard has earned that all by herself.
Calhoun has averaged 23.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks per game this season, leading Christ the King (15-3) on an 11-game winning streak since losing three games—by a total of just 11 points—at December’s Nike Tournament of Champions.
Ranked as the No. 14 recruit in the Class of 2014 by the Blue Star Basketball Report, she has been named the MVP of both the Mecca Challenge and the Boo Williams Christmas Classic this winter.
Greatness Past: Despite struggling with injuries for much of the season, Calhoun scored 21.2 points, grabbed 8.1 rebounds and swiped 4.8 steals per game as a junior.
Greatness Future: Calhoun has signed with Duke.
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.