Tuesday, April 3, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Collins Hill senior Maya Moore, already the Naismith National Player of the Year, also has been selected as the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The Connecticut signee led the Eagles to their third straight Class AAAAA state championship this past season, leading to a number of top awards for her and Collins Hill, which has finished No. 1 nationally in multiple polls. During Moore's career, Collins Hill was 125-3 and won its last 53 games with her on the court.
Moore joins a list of Gatorade national winners, dating back to 1986, that includes Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith and Candace Parker.
"Without question, Maya is deserving of recognition as the nation's best high school girls basketball player based on her statistics on the court and the impact her play had on Collins Hill's success," said Jeff Urban, Gatorade's senior vice president of sports marketing. "But she is also a shining example to her peers and aspiring young players of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. She represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient."
Moore added another award to her trophy case on Saturday in Cleveland, where she was named Red Team MVP after leading her squad to a 98-95 win in the WBCA High School All-America game.
In 33 minutes, the UConn signee scored a game-high 25 points (on 11 of 24 shooting) pulled down eight rebounds, dished out six assists and racked up four steals.
With her team trailing 54-47 at half, Moore hit two 3's in the first five minutes of the second half to put the Red Team up for good.