Mercedes Russell, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2013 class, was named the Gatorade National Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6 Tennessee recruit finished her high school career at Springfield (Ore.) with 2,273 points, 1,642 rebounds and 562 blocked shots. As a senior, she averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.5 blocked shots, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She has also won two gold medals with USA Basketball.
Russell, a two-time Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year, will play in the McDonald’s All American Games next month in Chicago. She maintained a 3.15 GPA and has volunteered for Oregon Amateur Basketball, the Special Olympics, a community beautification project and an elementary education literacy-outreach program.
Past winners of the Gatorade player of the year include Breanna Stewart (2012), Skylar Diggins (2009), Maya Moore (2007), Candace Parker (2003-04) and Lisa Leslie (1990).