WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - A DC star basketball player has been named the top high school player in the country — Oh, and she's only a sophomore.
On Tuesday, Washington Mystics MVP Elena Delle Donne surprised St. John College High School sophomore Azzi Fudd with the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.
Fudd, a 5-foot-11 combo guard, had a historic season last year, averaging 26.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.9 blocks — and she accomplished all of these amazing athletic feats while maintaining a 3.68 GPA.
She is the returning Gatorade Player of the Year, member of the USA Basketball U17 Women’s World Cup Team and is ranked No.1 for ESPN’S Class of 2021. She also served as planner and host of the “Hoop for a Cure” basketball clinic to raise money for the Pat Summit Foundation, mentors local youth, and volunteers at local youth basketball camps, as well as at the Catholic Youth Organization.
Past Gatorade National Girls Basketball Players of the Year have gone on to have incredible success, with 12 former winners becoming WNBA first-round draft picks, two Hall of Famers, 12 WNBA MVPs and 46 All-Star appearances.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes the nation’s most elite high school athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field, according to a news release. It is the most prestigious award in high school sports, and past winners include Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Karl-Anthony Towns, Derek Jeter and many other sports icons.