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Megan Walker Named Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Megan Walker Named Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year

University of Connecticut recruit Megan Walker has been named the Gatorade Player of the Year

In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Megan Walker of Monacan High School (North Chesterfield, Va.) as its 2016-17 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Walker was surprised with the news by 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne.

“It was exciting for me to be able to surprise Megan with the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, especially because she is such a deserving student-athlete,” said Delle Donne. “Megan is a well-rounded individual who has already accomplished so much on and off the court, so it’s an honor for me to welcome her into the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year family, and I’m looking forward to following her career at UConn and beyond.”

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Walker as the nation’s best high school girls basketball player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Walker from nearly 429,000 high school girls basketball players nationwide. Walker is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard led the Monacan High Chiefs to a 30-0 record and a third straight Group 4A state championship this past season. Walker – who is Virginia’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year – averaged 25.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 1.2 assists per game and 1.1 blocks per game, and she capped off her year with 35 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and five steals in a 60-59 win over King’s Fork High in the state final. A McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection and a two-time Group 4A Player of the Year, Walker was a member of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team that won the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Women’s Championship. Rated as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2017 by Blue Star Basketball Report, she concluded her prep basketball career with 2,062 points.

A member of the Monacan High Healthy Allies, a booster group that supports the school’s Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center, Walker has volunteered locally at a daycare center and as a youth basketball coach. She has also donated her time as part of multiple community-service initiatives through her church youth group and has maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom.

“Megan Walker possesses a college-ready frame and she can create for herself and others everywhere on the floor – off the dribble, around the rim and beyond the arc,” says Chris Menning, National Evaluator for BlueStar Basketball. “Her hard work makes it all look effortless. She represents everything that Gatorade Player of the Year has always stood for – a high quality student-athlete both on and off the court – and she’s very deserving of this honor.”

 

ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

YEAR

NAME

HIGH SCHOOL

STATUS

2016-17

Megan Walker

Monacan, North Chesterfield, VA

High School Senior

2015-16

Erin Boley

Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown, KY

Notre Dame

2014-15

Katie Lou Samuelson

Mater Dei, Santa Ana, CA

University of Connecticut

2013-14

Brianna Turner

Manvel, Manvel, TX

Notre Dame

2012-13

Mercedes Russell

Springfield, Springfield, OR

University of Tennessee

2011-12

Breanna Stewart

Cicero-North Syracuse, Cicero, NY

Seattle Storm

2010-11

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

Mater Dei, Santa Ana, CA             

Seattle Storm

2009-10

Chiney Ogwumike

Cy-Fair, Cypress, TX

Connecticut Sun 

2008-09   

Skylar Diggins

Washington, South Bend, IN

Dallas Wings

2007-08

Nneka Ogwumike

Cy-Fair, Cypress, TX

Los Angeles Sparks

2006-07

Maya Moore

Collins Hill, Suwanee, GA

Minnesota Lynx

2005-06

Tina Charles

Christ the King, Middle Village, NY

New York Liberty 

2004-05

Abby Waner

ThunderRidge HS, Highlands Ranch, CO

Retired from WNBA

2003-04

Candace Parker

Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL

Los Angeles Sparks

2002-03

Candace Parker

Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL

Los Angeles Sparks

2001-02

Ann Strother

Highlands Ranch, Denver, CO

Retired from WNBA

2000-01

Shyra Ely

Ben Davis, Indianapolis, IN

WNBA Free Agent

1999-00

Shereka Wright

Copperas Cove, Copperas Cove, TX

Univ. of Alabama Staff

1998-99

Nicole Kaczmarski

Sachem North, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

Retired from WNBA

1997-98

Tamika Williams 

Chaminade-Julienne, Dayton, OH

Univ. of Kentucky Staff

1996-97

Nikki Teasley

St. John’s at Prospect Hall, Frederick, MD

Retired from WNBA

1995-96

Jaime Walz

Highlands, Ft. Thomas, KY

Highlands (Ky.) H.S. Coach 

1994-95

Stephanie White

Seeger, West Lebanon, IN

Vanderbilt Univ. Coach

1993-94

Monick Foote

Samford, Wilmington, DE

Retired Pro 

1992-93

La’Keshia Frett

Phoebus, Hampton, VA

Univ. of Virginia Coach Staff

1991-92

Katie Smith

Logan, Logan, OH

Retired from WNBA

1990-91

Michelle Marciniak

Central Catholic, Allentown, PA

Retired from WNBA

1989-90

Lisa Leslie

Morningside, Inglewood, CA

Retired from WNBA

1988-89

Lisa Harrison

Southern, Louisville, KY

Retired from WNBA

1987-88

Vicki Hall

Brebeuf Prep, Indianapolis, IN

Univ. of Toledo Coach Staff

1986-87

Kris Durham

Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, NJ

Seton Hall Univ. Grad

1985-86   

Susan Anderson

Mt. Baker, Deming, WA

Univ. of Texas Grad

 

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