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Atlanta Tipoff Club Announces 2012-2013 Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List


Atlanta high school seniors Diamond DeShields (Norcross High School, Norcross, Ga.) and Kaela Davis (Buford High School, Buford, Ga.) highlight this year’s Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.


ATLANTA (Dec. 13, 2012) – Atlanta high school seniors Diamond DeShields (Norcross High School, Norcross, Ga.) and Kaela Davis (Buford High School, Buford, Ga.) highlight this year’s Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. DeShields and Davis are both ranked number one at their respective positions and are both headed to Atlantic Coast Conference schools – DeShields to UNC and Davis to Georgia Tech. The list features the top girls high school basketball players from around the nation expected to make a run for the Naismith Trophy in 2013.

The players were selected by basketball journalists from around the country, who form the Naismith Awards national voting academy. The selections were based on player performances last season and expectations for the 2012-2013 campaign.  One female will ultimately be selected as winner, and she will be recognized at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Atlanta.

“Girl’s Naismith High School Player of the Year winners have gone on to achieve monumental accolades, including national championships and WNBA titles,” said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We’re extremely excited to watch this year’s nominees compete and look forward to crowning the best girls high school basketball player in 2013.”

The Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year award was first given in 1987 to Lynn Lorenzen (Ventura High School, Ventura, Iowa), and has since been awarded to such notable players as Lisa Leslie (1990, Morningside High School, Inglewood, Calif.), Chamique Holdsclaw (1995, Christ the King, Middle Village, N.Y.), Candace Parker (2003, Naperville Central, Naperville, Ill.) and Maya Moore (2006 & 2007, Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, Ga.). Last year’s winner was Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse High, Syracuse, N.Y.) who is now playing at Connecticut.

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2013 Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year Watch List

Last Name

First Name

Hometown

High School

Position

Class

College Choice

Davis

Kaela

Buford, GA

Buford High School

SG

Senior

Georgia Tech

DeShields

Diamond

Norcross, GA

Norcross High School

SG

Senior

North Carolina

Greenwell

Rebecca

Owensboro, KY

Owensboro Catholic

SG

Senior

Duke

Harper

Linnae

Chicago, IL

Whitney Young

PG

Senior

Kentucky

Reimer

Taya

Indianapolis, IN

Hamilton Southeastern

SF

Senior

Notre Dame

Russell

Mercedes

Springfield, OR

Springfield High School

PF

Senior

Tennessee

ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, 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, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969.  Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.

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Eric Oberman

Atlanta Tipoff Club
(404) 586-8506
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