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: Jackie Young
School: Princeton Community High (Princeton, Ind.)
Athletic achievement: She averaged 34.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Tigers (27-1) to the Class 3A Princeton Community Sectional semifinals. A 2016 McDonald’s All-American selection, Young was a 2015 Associated Press First Team All-State honoree after leading the Tigers to the Class 3A state title. Ranked as the nation’s No. 6 recruit in the Class of 2016 by Blue Star Basketball, she concluded her prep basketball career with a state-record 3,268 points.
Academic excellence: Young has maintained a 3.87 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Princeton High student council, she has volunteered locally on multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research and as a fitness instructor and youth basketball coach.
“Jackie has another gear that I’ve never seen in a high school girls basketball player,” said Brittany Maners, head coach of Evansville Central High. “Everything makes her dangerous. However, by far Jackie’s best attribute is that she makes everyone on the floor a better player.”
THE FUTURE: Young has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.