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High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

OFFICIAL/AVCA Player of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Feb. 15-21

Virginia

6'1" | Junior | OH/MH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.11
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 2.44
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Washington
6'0" | Senior | MH/OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 6.75
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.63
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.13
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 OFFICIAL National Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Paige Bueckers is making high school history still — even in college. The former Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) star became the first MaxPreps National Player of the Year — male or female — to win the same award at the level as a freshman.

Bueckers became the first freshman ever to win Associated Press National Player of the Year in the women's game while leading UConn to the Final Four. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds during the regular season and has been even better in the postseason, averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in four victories.

Her Huskies play Arizona on Friday in one semifinal and the winner takes on the victor between Stanford and South Carolina.

Four previous female MaxPreps Players of the Year have gone on to win the collegiate award — Maya Moore (2007), Breanna Stewart (2012), A'ja Wilson (2014) and Sabrina Ionescu (2016) — but none in their freshman college seasons. Stewart won it as a sophomore, junior and senior at UConn.

Bueckers, who was also the MaxPreps overall 2019-20 Athlete of the Year, has a chance to win it four times.

"It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman," Bueckers told reporters Wednesday. "To get this award, I’m extremely humbled and grateful."
As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
Photo by MaxPreps Photography
As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
Here are five traits Paige Bueckers had at Hopkins that made Wednesday's announcement not so surprising.  

1. She's a winner
She finished at Hopkins on a 62-game win streak. The coronavirus pandemic was the only thing holding her back from winning back-to-back unbeaten state titles. Hopkins finished No. 4 team in the 2019-20 MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings.  

2. Versatility
As a senior, the 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 21.4 points, 9.4 assists, 5.4 steals and 5.0 rebounds and finished with 1,998 career points, 487 rebounds, 563 assists and 405 steals.

3. Showmanship
The NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, including All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, often made special efforts to show up at Hopkins' games. Her future coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartfort Courant while watching Bueckers in high school: "There are kids who play basketball, and then there are basketball players. She is a basketball player. Born to be a basketball player. Everything she does. She's a natural. She just plays like 'This is my personal playground. When I get the ball, I can do whatever I want with it, and you can't stop me.' "

4. Combination of basketball IQ and competitive fire
"She sees the game two or three passes in advance," her high school coach Brian Cosgriff said. She told MaxPreps: "I always want to win. That's my main objective. Even in board games with my family, I hate losing. I always have to win."

5. Confidence
She told MaxPreps last spring: "I want to add to the (UConn) legacy. I'll have opportunities to win championships there. Everybody is saying the dynasty (at Connecticut) is over. Yeah, right. I guess we'll see."

Past MaxPreps National Girls Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Alexis Markowski named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Nebraska High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Alexis Markowski named 2020-21 MaxPreps Nebraska High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Alexis Markowski of Pius X (Lincoln) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Nebraska High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 senior led the Thunderbolts to a 25-0 record and the Class A state championship.

Pius X is ranked No. 22 nationally in the latest MaxPreps Top 25.

Markowski averaged 23.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from field. In the title game versus Fremont, Markowski had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the 56-52 victory.

She will play for Nebraska next year.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Alexis Markowski in action during a January win over Lincoln East.
File photo by Samuel Mfinanga
Alexis Markowski in action during a January win over Lincoln East.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Mar. 22-28

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

9 Games Played
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 4.56
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.11
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.11
Aces: 3

6'2 | Senior | S
12 Games Played
Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 3.67
Team Hitting%: 0.106
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3.00
Aces: 3
Blocks: 11

Northeast Region

(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Junior | S
6 Games Played
Assists: 51
Assists/Game: 8.50
Team Hitting%: 0.247
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

6'2 | Senior | MH/OH
4 Games Played
Kills: 21
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 1
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 4.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

South Region

(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

6'1 | Junior | OPP/S
6 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

6'1 | Senior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.29
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 3.86
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 4.14
Aces: 7
Blocks: 1

West Region

(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

6'2 | Junior | MB/OH
8 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 4.75
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.63
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5

6'1 | Senior | OH
11 Games Played
Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 4.55
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.09
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.00
Aces: 7
Blocks: 5

Girls

California
5'10" | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.375
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.13
Aces: 6
Blocks: 1

Colorado
Sophomore
7 Sets Played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 7.71
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4.57
Receptions: 26
Rcpt/Game: 3.71
Aces: 9
Blocks: 5

Illinois

5'9" | Senior | OH/MH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 57
Kills/Game: 6.33
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 4.44
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Maryland
5'10" | Junior | S
5 Sets Played
Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 8.8
Team Hitting%: 0.216
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 3
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts

Junior | OH
5 Sets Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 5.4
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 3.2
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 3.2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Nevada
Junior | S
13 Sets Played
Assists: 77
Assists/Game: 5.92
Team Hitting%: .049
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.31
Aces: 5

New Jersey

5'7" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.44
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 4
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

New Mexico
5'9" | Senior | S
15 Sets Played
Assists: 162
Assists/Game: 10.8
Team Hitting%: 0.290
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 3.07
Aces: 8
Blocks: 14

New York
6'1" | Junior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 61
Kills/Game: 5.08
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 2.58
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.67
Aces: 11
Blocks: 2

Oregon
5'11" | Junior | S/RS
4 Sets Played
Assists: 43
Assists/Game: 10.75
Team Hitting%: 0.206
Digs: 5
Digs/Game: 1.25
Aces: 1

Rhode Island

5'7" | Junior | OH/RS
7 Sets Played
Kills: 21
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 15

Virginia

5'9" | Junior | OH/S
12 Sets Played
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 9
Blocks: 3

Washington

6'2" | Senior | OH/MH/MH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 38
Rcpt/Game: 6.33
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'9" | Senior | OH/DS
6 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5.83
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 3.17
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

About the MaxPreps and the AVCA:
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition.
Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To
obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.