LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2012) - Incoming UConn freshman women's basketball student-athlete Breanna Stewart was named the 2012 Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles, Calif. at a dinner emceed by ESPN's Stuart Scott. She is the fourth incoming BIG EAST player to earn the honor joining Skylar Diggins (2009), Maya Moore (2007) and Tina Charles (2006).
Established in 1985, the Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. In 2003, the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards were established to identify and honor the nation's top overall male and female high school athletes from among the 12 Gatorade National Players of the Year honored during the high school athletic season.
All Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year nominees will walk the ESPY red carpet and be featured as special guests during The ESPY Awards Show. The show will take place Wednesday evening and air live on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Breanna Stewart | Forward | 6-4 | Syracuse, N.Y.
Honored as the national player of the Year by Gatorade, USA Today, Parade Magazine, McDonald's (Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Naismith Trophy following the 2011-12 season ... Named to the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team ... Was the youngest member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team, becoming just the second high school player to compete for Team USA in the Pan Am Games.
Courtesy UConn Athletics