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: Crystal Dangerfield
School: Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Position: Point Guard
Athletic achievement: The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Dangerfield averaged 23.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game this past season, leading the Blaze (27-4) to the Class AAA regional semifinals. She shot 46.4 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from 3-point range and 81.7 percent from the free-throw line. The 2016 McDonald’s All-American led Blackman to back-to-back Class AAA state titles in 2014 and 2015. She also won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Academic excellence: Dangerfield has maintained a 3.80 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and her school’s DECA club, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church, as part of a literacy-outreach program and as a youth basketball instructor. She has also donated her time to fundraising efforts benefiting Alzheimer’s research and by promoting healthy living at nearby elementary schools.
“The past four years Crystal Dangerfield has raised the level of play in our league and across the state,” said Alan Bush, head coach at rival Siegel High. “She seems to always play with a high level of composure and confidence. Dangerfield’s talent, along with her calm demeanor and humility, is transcendent and will always be remembered within our community.”
THE FUTURE: Dangerfield has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.