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: Lauren Cox
School: Flower Mound (Texas)
Position: Power Forward and Center
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Cox averaged 21.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 2.2 assists per game this past season, leading the Jaguars (23-7) to the area round of the Class 6A state tournament. She shot 56.5 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from 3-point range and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line. The 2016 McDonald’s All-American won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Academic excellence: Also a volleyball standout, Cox has maintained a 4.29 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, Christian Community Action and The Horizons Project. She has also participated in efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and mentor area elementary school children.
“Lauren Cox creates a unique challenge for any opposing coach on both ends of the floor,” said Cherilyn Morris, head coach at rival Plano East Senior High. “She moves well defensively and contests the majority of our team shot attempts, not just the individual she is guarding. She is a threat from the rim to the 3-point line on offense. She is unselfish and does what her team needs to win. She is a fierce competitor, which I believe is her strongest attribute.”
THE FUTURE: Cox has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Baylor University this fall.