North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and UConn well-represented as college choices for the Girls Player of the Year candidates

ATLANTA (November 10, 2020) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today the 50 girls high school players to watch this season for the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for High School Girls Player of the Year. Throughout the season, this list will narrow until the winner is announced in March 2021.

“Each of these young women have the talent and potential to become the next Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Trophy winner,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “It takes special talent to dominate over the course of a season in order to be considered for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy, and this is just the beginning of the competition.”

The 2020 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for High School Girls Player of the Year, Paige Bueckers of Hopkins High School in Hopkins, Minnesota, will begin her freshmen season at UConn in a few short weeks. Bueckers became one of the eleven winners in the history of the award to go on to play at UConn. The Atlanta Tipoff Club will narrow the list to 25 high school girls athletes on the midseason team, which will be released on January 12, and a separate list for the top 25 underclassmen to watch will be announced on December 1.

“This is an amazing list of incredibly talented basketball players,” said Rich Hope, chief marketing officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “Jersey Mike’s is excited to be a partner of the Naismith High School Trophy for the third year in a row, and we look forward to following these great players throughout the season.”

2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Girls Trophy Watch List

DestinyAdamsSr.WManchester Township High SchoolManchester Township, NJNorth Carolina
ClariceAkunwafoSr.CRolling Hills Prepatory San Pedro, CAUSC
JaniahBarkerJr.FTampa Bay Tech High SchoolTampa, FL
LaurenBettsJr.CGrandview High SchoolAurora, CO
TaylorBigbySr.GCentennial High SchoolLas Vegas, NVOregon
IsunehBradyJr.CCathedral CatholicSan Diego, CAUConn
KKBransfordJr.GMt. Notre DameCincinnati, OH
JillianBrownSr.GEast Grand Rapids High SchoolEast Grand Rapids, MINorthwestern
SoniaCitronSr.GUrsuline High SchoolNew Rochelle, NYNotre Dame
MadisonConnerSr.GPerry High SchoolGilbert, AZArizona
DominiqueDariusSr.GBlair AcademyBlairstown, NJUCLA
MaryamDaudaSr.FBentonville High SchoolBentonville, ARBaylor
AmariDeBerrySr.FWilliamsville SouthWilliamsville, NYUConn
BrookeDemetreSr.WMater Dei High SchoolSanta Ana, CAStanford
CarolineDucharmeSr.GNoble & Greenough SchoolDedham, MAUConn
SaniaFeaginSr.FForest Park High SchoolForest Park, GASouth Carolina
AzziFuddSr.GSt. John's College High SchoolWashington, D.C.UConn
AaliyahGalesJr.GSpring Valley High SchoolLas Vegas, NV
TimeaGardinerJr.FFremont High SchoolOgden, UT
O'MariahGordonSr.GBraden River High SchoolBradenton, FLFlorida State
DamiyaHagemannSr.GDetroit Edison Public Academy Detroit, MIMichigan State
AubryannaHallSr.GWayne High SchoolHuber Heights, OHSouth Carolina
RoriHarmonSr.GCypress Creek High SchoolHouston, TXTexas
JillianHollingsheadSr.FMcEachern High SchoolPowder Springs, GA
KyndallHunterSr.GCypress Creek High SchoolHouston, TXTexas
KiKiIriafenSr.FHarvard WestlakeLos Angeles, CAStanford
RavenJohnsonSr.GWestlake High SchoolAtlanta, GASouth Carolina
GretaKampschroederSr.GNaperville North High SchoolNaperville, ILOregon State
TeonniKeySr.WCary High SchoolCary, NCNorth Carolina
RayahMarshallSr.GLynwood High SchoolLynwood, CAUSC
KaylaMcPhersonSr.GMadison County High SchoolDanielsville, GANorth Carolina
OliviaMilesSr.GBlair AcademyBlairstown, NJNotre Dame
AaliyahMooreSr.FMoore High SchoolMoore, OKTexas
MegNewmanSr.WNorth Central High SchoolIndianapolis, INArizona State
MayaNnajiJr.FHopkins High SchoolMinnetonka, MN
AyannaPattersonJr.WHomestead High SchoolFt. Wayne, IN
LailaPheliaSr.GMount Notre Dame High SchoolCincinnati, OHMichigan
SaylorPoffenbargerSr.GMiddletown High SchoolMiddletown, MDUConn
SaraPuckettSr.FMuscle Shoals High SchoolMuscle Shoals, ALTennessee
KikiRiceJr.GSidwell Friends High SchoolWashington, D.C.
ReiganRichardsonSr.GCannon School Concord, NCGeorgia
SaniyaRiversSr.GEugene Ashley High SchoolWilmington, NCSouth Carolina
ShyanneSellersSr.GAurora High SchoolAurora, OHMaryland
PaytonVerhulstSr.GBishop Miege High SchoolRoeland Park, KSLouisville
Taliavon OelhoffenSr.WChiawana High SchoolPasco, WAOregon State
SammieWagnerSo.WRonald Reagan High SchoolSan Antonio, TXBaylor
JuJuWatkinsSo.GWindward High SchoolLos Angeles, CA
HaileyWeaverSr.GSolon High SchoolSolon, OHNorthwestern
ArianaWigginsSr.GHeritage Christian School Indianapolis, INMichigan
JerseyWolfenbargerSr.WNorthside High SchoolFort Smith, ARArkansas

About The Atlanta Tipoff Club

Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.

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