Girls Basketball Player of the Year Michaela Onyenwere of Grandview High School
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THE WINNER: Michaela Onyenwere
School: Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Athletic achievement: She averaged 23.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, leading the Wolves (20-5) to the Class 5A round of 16 this past season. A 2014 First Team All-State selection, Onyenwere scored a season-high 43 points with 29 rebounds in Grandview’s season-ending 86-83 loss to Lakewood in the state tournament. She shot 53.3 percent from inside the arc on the season.
Academic excellence: Onyenwere has maintained a 3.57 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at a nursing home, a homeless shelter and as a peer mentor.
“Michaela Onyenwere is an incredible athlete,” said Grandview head coach Josh Ulitzky. “She transforms our team and makes everyone better as a result of her ability. Her athleticism is the thing that sets her apart from other players. She is able to make plays that leave an impression on coaches, players and fans. She has a true sense of where the ball is going to be and has great instincts as a player.”
THE FUTURE: Onyenwere will be a junior this fall.