Mater Dei's Samuelson wins Naismith Girls Player of the Year Award

Mater Dei's Samuelson wins Naismith Girls Player of the Year Award

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Mater Dei's Samuelson wins Naismith Girls Player of the Year Award

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Katie Lou Samuelson of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) has had a big week. Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Images

Katie Lou Samuelson of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) has had a big week. Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Images

It’s been a big week for Connecticut signee Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-3 senior wing from Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Sameulson’s team is still alive in the state playoffs, earlier this week, she won the Morgan Wooten Award for the girls player of the year, presented to a McDonald’s All-American and on Thursday, she was named the Naismith Girls Basketball Player of the Year, presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Oh, and she was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year again on Thursday.

She is averaging 29.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.2 steals per game this season.

The other Naismith finalists were: Napheesa Collier of Incarnate Word (Bel-Nor, Mo.); Te’a Cooper of McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.); Asia Durr of St. Pius X (Atlanta); and Lashann Higgs of Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas).

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