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, Mt. Carmel (Ill.)
Greatness Present: For most high school basketball players, 1,000 points is a career achievement. For Buss, it’s a season, as she has eclipsed that milestone in each of her four prep seasons.
During the final two games of a holiday tournament, she scored a combined 126 points—60 and 66 points on back-to-back nights—surpassing 2006-07 Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year Brittany Johnson’s previous record of 4,031 points.
For the season, Buss has averaged 46.9 points per game, which ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to MaxPreps. The 5-foot-7 senior guard has added 6.9 steals, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, leading the Aces to a 25-4 record entering the Class 2A regional finals.
Greatness Past: Buss scored 1,025 points as a freshman, 1,121 as a sophomore, 1,285 last season and 1,314 so far as a senior. Her total of 4,745 career points ranks No. 2 in prep girls’ basketball history, trailing only Goodrich (Texas) High’s Adrian McGowen (5,424).
Greatness Future: Buss has signed with Indiana.
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.