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MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 8-14
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
2 Games Played
Points: 21.0 Rebounds: 7.5 Steals: 4.5

Region 2:
4 Games Played
Points: 26.5 Rebounds: 14.0  Steals: 2.5

Region 3:
3 Games Played
Points: 36.0 Rebounds: 8.6  Steals: 8.0

Region 4:
3 Games Played
Points: 28.3 Rebounds: 4.3 Steals: 3.3

Region 5:
3 Games Played
Points: 21.0 Rebounds: 4.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 6:
2 Games Played
Points: 41.5 Rebounds: 16.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 21.7 Rebounds: 5.0  Steals: 4.6

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 17.5 Rebounds: 5.5 Steals: 8.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 37.7 Rebounds: 13.0 Steals: 3.3

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
OFFICIAL High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year from each state - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year from each state
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school athletics. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 basketball 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.

Nearly 40 states have completed their 2020-21 high school girls basketball seasons and MaxPreps has honored the top player in each over the past four weeks. Links to each player's story are included after their bio and list of accomplishments.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year was be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Raven Johnson, Westlake
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Raven Johnson, Westlake
Alabama — Sara Puckett, Muscle Shoals
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Tennessee
The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game despite being the focus of opposing defenses, helping the Trojans go 15-10. She's the 43rd best prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and shooting range and defensive versatility made her a tough matchup for other post players. Read more: Alabama Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Portland State
The guard led the Tigers to a 17-0 mark and the 4A state title. She averaged 17.4 points, 7.1 steals, 5.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. In Bartlett's 47-46 overtime win against Farmington in the state finals, she set up the go-ahead basket with an assist and then sealed the win with a pair of pressure free throws. Read more: Alaska Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Washington
The 6-1 wing capped her career with a 6A title as the Monsoon went 17-0. Regarded as the No. 76 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Davis averaged 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Valley Vista's 49-41 win over Hamilton in the title game. Read more: Arizona Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Arkansas
The Grizzlies went 26-2, winning the 6A title and the future Razorback was a big reason why. Her combination of size and perimeter skills set her apart as she averaged 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. The McDonald's All-American is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: Arkansas Player of the Year
 
Colorado — Lauren Betts, Grandview (Aurora)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Stanford
The top-rated prospect in her class, led the Wolves to a 17-1 mark and a 5A semifinal appearance. The 6-7 post averaged 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and nearly two assists while shooting 90 percent from the field. Betts had nine double-doubles and blocked five or more shots in four games. Read more: Colorado Player of the Year
Lauren Betts, Grandview
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Lauren Betts, Grandview
Connecticut — Aizhanique Mayo, Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-foot-9 junior point guard led the Lancers to a 12-1 record and the school's second straight South-West Conference Tournament championship. Mayo averaged 20.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game while producing a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio. Notre Dame Catholic is 58-3 through the first three seasons of Mayo's career and outscored opponents by nearly 30 points per game on average in 2020-21. Read more: Connecticut Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
A three-year starter, Johnston will head into her senior season needing just 106 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Johnston, who led the Buccaneers to a 10-5 mark and state semifinal appearance, averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 steals, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while connecting on 78 percent of her free throw attempts.  Read more: Delaware Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Vanderbilt
The Panthers' post led her squad to a 26-3 mark and 7A title in her final season. Cheesman averaged 17.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, posting 10 double-doubles during the year. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and 89 percent of her free throws. Read more: Florida Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Carolina
A McDonald's All-American and the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Johnson led the Lions to a MaxPreps National Championship with their win over Paul VI in the GEICO Nationals. Johnson played just 22 minutes a game this season as Westlake dominated many games but still averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game. She also had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio as the point guard for one of the top teams in the country. Read more: Georgia Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 6-2 post led the Mavericks to a 20-2 mark and 5A title. Ojukwu averaged 24.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. She was named MVP of the Class 5A playoffs, breaking the postseason scoring record with 89 points in three games. Read more: Idaho Player of the Year

Illinois — Greta Kampschroeder, Naperville North (Naperville)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Oregon State
The shortened season saw the post lead the Huskies to a 12-1 record and the school's first regional title since 2005. Kampschroeder, a McDonald's All-American, averaged 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists while shooting 89.7 percent from the free throw line. She is a four-time all-league selection, three-time all-stater and finished her career with 1,745 points. Read more: Illinois Player of the Year

Indiana — Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-7 guard led the Bulldogs to a 25-1 mark,a 4A title and a No. 24 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. Carrothers averaged 23.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and had a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. She scored in double figures in all 26 games for Crown Point this season and 33 straight going back to 2019-20. Read more: Indiana Player of the Year

Iowa — Katie Dinnebier, Waukee
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Drake
The 5-8 guard has led Waukee to a 36-4 mark over the past two seasons while averaging 19.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game. Waukee finished 13-1 record, earning the Class 5A title – avenging its only loss in the title game by rolling over Johnston 71-43. Read more: Iowa Player of the Year

Kansas — Payton Verhulst, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Louisville
The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Stags to a 23-1 record and the 4A state championship. Verhulst is a McDonald's All-American and regarded as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 3.5 blocks per game, and is also an outstanding volleyball player. Read more: Kansas Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-foot-11 junior guard led the Bearcats to a 28-3 record and the Kentucky Sweet 16 semifinals. She averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists per contest while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. Stepping up her game in the postseason, Jenkins earned Eighth Region MVP honors and was named to the Sweet 16 All-Tournament team. Read more: Kentucky Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Florida
The 6-foot point helped the Gators win their second straight Class 4A state title. She tallied 19 points, 14 boards rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in a 49-42 win over Huntington in the state championship game earlier this month, earning MVP honors. Read more: Louisiana Player of the Year

Maine — Camille Clement, Greely (Cumberland Center)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Northeastern University
The Rangers' shooting guard averaged 22.5 points per night in an 11-1 season. Clement shot 46 percent from the field, made over 42 percent of her shots from beyond the arc and knocked down 85 percent of her free throw attempts. For her career, Clement scored 1,416 points in 67 games and averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. Read more: Maine Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Georgetown
The future Hoya averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game while shooting 38.3 percent from 3-point distance. She also had an impressive 4.3 assist/turnover ratio in helping New Hope to a 13-3 mark and a No. 17 rank in the MaxPreps Top 25. Read more: Maryland Player of the Year

Massachusetts — Kenzie Matulonis, Bridgewater-Raynham (Bridgewater)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: New Hampshire
The 5-7 guard led the Trojans to a 12-0 mark and Southeast Conference championship in the state's shortened season. She averaged 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.6 steals per game and had a 2.9 assist/turnover ratio. In the title game against New Bedford, Matulonis had 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 49-36 win. Read more: Massachusetts Player of the Year

Michigan Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy (Detroit)
Class:
2021 (Senior) | Status: Michigan State
The 5-foot-7 senior guard led the Pioneers to a 10-0 record and the No. 5 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 before COVID canceled the team's season. Hagemann averaged 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game, which are all impressive numbers, but her 9.9 assists per game is simply dazzling. Read more: Michigan Player of the Year
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
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Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
Minnesota Mallory Heyer, Chaska
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Minnesota
The 6-1 forward averaged 21.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.4 percent overall and 45.4 percent from beyond the arc as the Hawks won the AAAA title, had an unbeaten season at 17-0 and finished No. 6 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25. Heyer was the key to the Hawks' upset of Hopkins in the AAAA semifinals, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 boards. Read more: Minnesota Player of the Year

Mississippi — Debreasha Powe, Meridian
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
She averaged 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Though she is a post player, she can also step out and hit 3-pointers. She led the Wildcats to a 16-4 mark and the Class 6A final four. Read more: Mississippi Player of the Year

Missouri — Natalie Potts, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. Read more: Missouri Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Montana
The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Rams to an 18-2 record and an appearance in the Class A state championship game. Hansen averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game per game, shooting 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line. She's tallied 1,096 points, 285 rebounds, 145 assists and 133 steals. Read more: Montana Player of the Year

Nebraska — Alexis Markowski, Pius X (Lincoln)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Nebraska
The 6-foot-3 senior led the Thunderbolts to a 25-0 record, the Class A state championship and a No. 22 national rank in the MaxPreps Top 25. Markowski averaged 23.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. In the title game versus Fremont, Markowski had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the 56-52 victory. Read more: Nebraska Player of the Year

New Hampshire — Isabella King, Bedford
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Bucknell
She averaged 20.1 points, 8.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game this season for the 14-2 Division I champions, earning first team Division I All-State and Miss Basketball honors. The future Bison owns school records at Bedford for points in a game, season and career, topping the 1,000-point mark as a senior. Read more: New Hampshire Player of the Year

New Jersey — Madison St. Rose, St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Princeton
The 5-foot-10 junior led the perennial power to a 14-0 record in an abbreviated season and the No. 9 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. St. Rose averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game and is the the No. 46 player in the ESPN Hoopgurlz 2022 rankings. Read more: New Jersey Player of the Year
 
New York — Sonia Citron, Ursuline (New Rochelle)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Notre Dame
The McDonald's All-American led the Koalas to a 14-0 mark and Section 1 title. Citron averaged 26.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game, helping Ursuline extend a win streak that dates back to last season to 38 games. The USA Basketball gold medalist finished her career with 2,243 points and 1,192 rebounds and is the No. 16 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read more: New York Player of the Year

North Carolina — Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Carolina
The No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz averaged 36.8 points per game – more than a point a minute – to go along with 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 5.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-1 senior was the driving force behind a 15-2 season, which culminated with a trip to the 4A state semifinals. Read more: North Carolina Player of the Year

North Dakota — Logan Nissley, Century (Bismarck)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
She broke single-season school records for points (556), points per game (21.4), 3-point shooting percentage (46.4), assists (100), steals (93) and steals per game (3.6). The Patriots went 26-0 and won their third Class A title in four seasons. Through the first 50 games of her career, Nissley has been credited with 880 points, 360 rebounds, 158 assists, 139 steals, and 91 blocked shots. Read more: North Dakota Player of the Year

Ohio — K.K. Bransford, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The No. 27 prospect in her class, Bransford helped the Cougars to a Division 1 championship and a perfect 28-0 season. She powered her way to 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 41 percent from 3-point distance and posting a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio as MND finished No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25. Read more: Ohio Player of the Year

Oklahoma — Aaliyah Moore, Moore
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Texas
The McDonald's All-American is the No. 6 prospect in her class according to ESPN. Moore led the Lions to a 16-9 mark and the 6A west regionals. Moore averaged 25.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior for head coach Brent Hodges. Over her four-year career, she tallied 1,803 points, 882 rebounds and posted 71 double-doubles. Read more: Oklahoma Player of the Year

Pennsylvania — Destiney McPhaul, West Catholic (Philadelphia)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Virginia Tech
The 5-foot-8 senior guard led the Burrs to a 12-4 record and the Class AAA state championship. McPhaul averaged 20.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. She had a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds -- in the 67-56 championship game win over Mohawk. She competed in the Who's Next All-American Game. Read more: Pennsylvania Player of the Year

Rhode Island — Amaya Dowdy, St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: UMass-Lowell
The 6-foot senior sparked the Saints to an unbeaten season and the school's first Division 1 title since 2000. Dowdy averaged 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks for St. Raphael. She scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds in the state championship win over Barrington. She helped St. Raphael to a 54-5 mark over the past three seasons. Read more: Rhode Island Player of the Year

South Carolina — Milaysia Fulwiley, Keenan (Columbia)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
She averaged 25.9 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game as the Raiders won the 4A title. She also shot 42 percent from 3-point distance. Fulwiley joined the Keenan varsity as a seventh grader and as an eighth grader played a key role on a state championship team. Her all-around talents and precocious ability led to a No. 3 ranking in the Class of 2023 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: South Carolina Player of the Year

South Dakota — Haleigh Timmer, More (Rapid City)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Dakota State
A big reason why the Cavaliers went 22-3 and finished fourth in the Class A state tournament, Timmer averaged 20.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals as a senior. The three-time all-league selection shot 59.6 percent from the field, 51.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. Prospect Nation lists Timmer, who scored 1,754 career points, as the No. 107 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read more: South Dakota Player of the Year

Tennessee — Lashae Dwyer, The Webb School (Bell Buckle)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Miami (Fla.)
The 5-foot-7 senior wing sparked a spectacular turnaround after transferring into the program, going from 4-17 in 2019-20 to 28-2 and winning the Division II-A state title this season. Dwyer averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. She's the No. 79 prospect in her class by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: Tennessee Player of the Year

Texas — Rori Harmon, Cypress Creek (Houston)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Texas
The McDonald's All-American led the Cougars to a 32-1 record, a trip to the Class 6A championship game and the No. 15 ranking in the country. Harmon averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game this season. She hit 37 percent of her 3-pointers and had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio. Read more: Texas Player of the Year

Utah — Emma Calvert, Fremont (Plain City)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: BYU
The 6-foot-4 senior center/power forward helped lead the Silverwolves to a 26-0 record and the Class 6A state championship and appearance at the GEICO Nationals. The state tournament MVP averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Calvert converted on over 70 percent of her field goals attempts, shot just over 40 percent from beyond the arc and made more than 76 percent of her free throws. Read more: Utah Player of the Year
Emma Calvert, Fremont
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Emma Calvert, Fremont
Vermont — Catherine Gilwee, Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Vermont
In a shortened season, the 5-foot-8 senior point guard led the Redhawks to a perfect 9-0 record. Gilwee averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. She owns the school record for assists in a game with 13 and managed 2.1 assists to turnover ratio this season. Read more: Vermont Player of the Year

Virginia — Aziaha James, Princess Anne (Virginia Beach)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: North Carolina State
In a shortened season, the No. 36 prospect in her class led the Cavaliers to a perfect 10-0 record, the Division 5 championship and a No. 14 national ranking. James averaged 22.2 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and a 3.7 assist/turnover ratio. She scored 32 points in the state title game and had 26 points and 10 steals in the semifinal. Read more: Virginia Player of the Year

Wisconsin — Kamorea Arnold, Germantown
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
The No. 5 prospect in her class led the Warhawks to a 29-1 record and the Division 1 state championship. Arnold averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals a game. She scored 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting in a 63-48 win over Hudson in the Division 1 title game and also had seven assists. Read more: Wisconsin Player of the Year

Wyoming — Allyson Fertig, Douglas
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Wyoming
The 6-foot-4 senior center led the Bearcats to a 24-0 record and the Class 3A state championship. Fertig averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots this winter. She posted double-doubles in 18 of 24 contests. A four-time Wyoming Coaches Association All-State selection, Fertig led the Bearcats to a 101-2 record over the past four seasons, including 40 straight wins to conclude her career. Read more: Wyoming Player of the Year
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.
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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.)
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - OFFICIAL
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players
Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest high school football program in history, was hit with a historic punishment this week by the Georgia High School Association over alleged recruiting violations and lack of institutional control, according to media reports.

The school was fined $7,500 and the football team banned from the 2021 postseason as five players from the 2020 team were deemed ineligible. Valdosta finished 7-5 last season and reached the AAAAAA semifinals. The school's 939 wins are the most in prep history, though victories with ineligible players become forfeits.

Valdosta coach Rush Propst remains on administrative leave last month after allegedly asking former booster club director Mike Nelson for "funny money" to help recruits and their families with rent and other expenses.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines announced the fines as $1,000 for each of the five ineligible players as well as $2,500 for "lack of institutional control."

"The evidence is clear that this is not an isolated instance (of recruiting) and that Coach Probst (sic) and members of the Valdosta Touchdown Club have on other occasions contacted other student athletes or their families and provided gifts of money, payment of utilities and housing incentives in an attempt to persuade those student athletes to transfer to Valdosta High School," Hines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the ineligible players was Jake Garcia, who transferred to Valdosta from California. He played one game for Wildcats before being declared ineligible and transferring to Grayson, where he helped the Rams to a AAAAAAA title. Garcia is now enrolled at the University of Miami.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy, and was dismissed from Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after more alleged impropriety.

The school has seven days to appeal to the GHSA.

Propst declined comment on any allegation or GHSA's ruling, but told the AJC, "We've got to let the (appeals) process play out, and we respect that process, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this."
Rush Propst, Valdosta
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Rush Propst, Valdosta

Dallan Hayden named 2020 OFFICIAL Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Dallan Hayden named 2020 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 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.

Dallan Hayden of Christian Brothers (Memphis) is the 2020 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior running back ran for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns in just nine games this fall, helping the Purple Wave go 7-4.

Against Conway (Ark.) on Oct. 23, Hayden carried 41 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He topped the 200-yard mark in seven of nine games.

College programs like Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M have already extended offers. 247Sports rates Hayden as a top 250 prospect in the Class of 2022.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Dallas Hayden (1) prepares to take a hand-off from Christian Brothers quarterback Ashton Strothers during a game in October.
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Dallas Hayden (1) prepares to take a hand-off from Christian Brothers quarterback Ashton Strothers during a game in October.