March 12, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Incoming Spartan Madison Williams was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Michigan Girls Basketball Player of the Year, announced today by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE.
A 6-7 senior from Detroit Country Day, Williams was also recently named to a McDonald's All-American. She is averaging 12.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 9.1 blocks her senior season and has lead the Yellowjackets to an undefeated 22-0 record and the Class B quarterfinals, set for March 16.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March.
Williams is the first future Spartan since Allyssa DeHaan in 2005-06 to win the award.
Williams is one of three MSU signees who will compete in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday. Williams and Detroit Country Day will face Goodrich, while Klarissa Bell and East Lansing will square off with Rockford and Annalise Pickrel and Grand Rapids Catholic Central will play Richland Gull Lake.
About the Gatorade Player of the Year Program
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
To celebrate the award's 25th anniversary, Gatorade wants you to vote for the All-Time Greatest Players of the Year at gatorade.com/POY25. To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.