From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior guard/forward, Manvel (Texas)
Greatness Present: The task for Manvel was not an easy one. In the Class 5A state title game, the Mavericks were faced with defeating two-time defending champion Duncanville—a nationally ranked powerhouse riding a 105-game winning streak, including a victory against Manvel earlier in the season. It seemed like a long shot.
Except, the Mavericks had Turner, so they had a chance. The 6-foot-3 senior wing amassed 17 points on 11 shots to go along with 17 rebounds and three blocks, leading Manvel to a 58-53 upset. She captured state championship game MVP honors in the process.
The nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2014 as ranked by BlueStar basketball, Turner concluded her senior season with averages of 20.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.9 blocks and 3.7 steals in 23 minutes a game.
Greatness Past: A returning Second Team All-American as named by MaxPreps, Turner amassed 2,240 points, 1,071 rebounds, 416 blocks, 297 steals and 240 assists through her first three varsity seasons, leading the Mavericks to the regional quarterfinals as a junior.
This past summer, she helped lead USA Basketball to a pair of gold medals. She captured the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship as a member of the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team and also won the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship as a member of Team USA.
Greatness Future: Turner has signed with Notre Dame.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.