The Gatorade Company, together with USA TODAY High School Sports, has named a Manvel High School student as the National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
WNBA All-Star Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore made a surprise visit to the Manvel High campus to share the news of the award with honoree Brianna Turner.
Standing at a height of 6-feet 3-inches tall, Turner, a senior wing, helped lead the Manvel Mavericks to a 38-win record and the Class 5A state championship. She was also selected to play in the McDonald's High School All-American Game and was named a WBCA All-American.
Though Turner averaged 23 minutes per game, she managed to also average 20.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.9 blocks and 3.7 steals. She also maintained a 3.71 grade point average.
Turner, who has also dedicated volunteer hours to the Houston Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame beginning in the fall of 2014.
"Brianna embodies everything we look for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient," said Andrea Fairchild, Gatorade vice president of Global Sports Marketing and Science. "In addition to being one of the best high school basketball players in the country, Brianna has excelled in the classroom and been a positive influence in her community. She is a role model for younger student-athletes to look up to and we are excited to see all the things she will accomplish in the future."
Moore was a recipient of the same honor in 2007 as a high school basketball player in Georgia.