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Gatorade tabs Moore as nation's best
Collins Hill grad wins all-sport award

Beating out other basketball players for awards, that's been the norm for Maya Moore.

On Wednesday afternoon the 2007 Collins Hill grad also proved to be the nation's best when all sports are factored into the equation. Moore was named the girls Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, ahead of the national players of the year in other sports, during a luncheon in Hollywood, Calif.

The two-time Naismith National Player of the Year qualified for the all-encompassing honor by winning Gatorade's national basketball player of the year award.

Wednesday's awards luncheon was a treat for Moore and the other high school winners, allowing them to meet former high school standouts. Legendary basketball player Lisa Leslie sat next to Moore and 2007 No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden sat at her table. Other stars like Vince Carter and Chris Paul also attended the Hollywood event, which was emceed by ESPN personality Stuart Scott.

"It was great, just having all the former Gatorade players of the year there and all the athletes in other sports," Moore said in an interview after the luncheon.

"It wasn't just basketball, so it was great to see some other top athletes."

Moore led Collins Hill to its third straight Class AAAAA state title in March along with a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today. The Eagles were 125-3 in her career, which closed with a 53-game winning streak. She scored 2,664 career points.

Her accomplishments have spurred award after award, the latest Wednesday prior to ESPN's annual ESPY Awards.

'Wow! I have such a rush right now just being in this room,' said Moore, who had to borrow a red dress after her luggage was delayed en route to the ceremony. She hoped to have it returned in time to don a new outfit for Wednesday evening's ESPYs.

'I might have to keep getting used to the fact that my name is being listed among all these great athletes,' she said. 'Basketball has brought me so many possibilities.'

Oden won last year's male athlete award while Tina Charles, Moore's teammate at Connecticut, won the 2006 female honor.

UCLA signee Kevin Love of Lake Oswego, Ore., won this year's boys award.

The other national players of the year and finalists for this year's girls athlete honor were: Alix Klineman of Mira Costa (Calif.) for volleyball, Melissa Henderson of Berkner (Texas) for soccer, Ashley Brignac of John Curtis (La.) for softball and Emily Pendleton of Woodmore (Ohio) for track and field.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.