The Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Christyn Williams
School: Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock, Ark.)
Athletic achievement: She has led the Mustangs to a 24-13 record and a berth in the Class 4A state championship game against Riverview, scheduled for March 11. Williams is averaging 29.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. An alternate for the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team, she is a two-time All-State honoree and is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 recruit in the Class of 2018 by ESPN.
Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 3.63 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has raised money to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and has volunteered locally on behalf of the Arkansas Dream Center helping people in need in addition to donating her time to youth basketball camps.
“There’s not much Christyn Williams can’t do with a basketball,” said Nathan Morris, head coach at Lonoke High. “She has a tremendous jump shot, she’s very smooth going to the basket and she can use either hand. She’s very athletic and a very talented scorer.”
THE FUTURE: Williams will begin her junior year of high school this fall.