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Megan Walker of Monacan HS is the 2017 Girls' Basketball Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, May 3, 2017  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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Megan Walker of Monacan High School (Virginia) as its National Senior Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Year


The NHSCA, National High School Coaches Association, is pleased to announce Megan Walker of Monacan High School in Richmond, Virginia as the 2016-2017 NHSCA National High School Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Year. 


Walker, who will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall, averaged 26 points per game with eight rebounds per contest.  Monacan was a perfect 30-0 this season, winning its third straight Virginia Class 4A state title.  Walker finished her career with 2,067 points and was also named the 2017 Naismith Female Athlete of the Year.


She is no stranger to nation accolades. Walker was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year for 2017 and was all selected for McDonald’s All-American Team. In 2016, she was the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.


Walker is not just a basketball phenom. She has also excelled in the class rooms. She holds a 3.83 grade point average. She also volunteers in her spare time as a youth coach at a daycare center.


“Megan is the epitome of what this award is all about.” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA.  “Megan has excelled both on the court and in the classroom.  We congratulate her on an outstanding high school career and wish her the best of luck in college.”


Walker is the second Virginia girls’ high school basketball player to win this award. Elisabeth Williams of Princess Anne High School won the Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Year award in 2011.


This the 18th year straight year the NHSCA will honor achievers in the high school athletic community nationwide with its Athlete of the Year Award in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports.  Other winners will be announced throughout the rest of the 2016-2017 school year.


Each one of the honorees will receive a beautiful trophy, plus they will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.


Below are the NHSCA’s past selections for the Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Year:

2016 -  Crystal Dangerfield, Blackman HS, Tennessee

2015 – Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei HS, California

2014 – Tyra Buss – Mount Carmel HS, Mt. Carmel, Illinois

2013 – Saniya Chong – Ossining HS, New York

2012 – Breanna Stewart – Cicero-North Syracuse HS, New York

2011 – Elisabeth Williams – Princess Anne HS, Virginia

2010 -  Chiney Ogwumike – Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Texas

2009 – Skylar Diggins – Washington HS, Indiana

2008 – Elena DelleDonne – Ursuline Academy, Delaware

2007 -  Maya Moore – Collins Hill HS, Georgia

2006 -  Tina Charles – Christ the King, New York

2005 -  Abby Waner – Thunder Ridge HS, Colorado

2004 -  Candace Parker – Naperville HS, Illinois

2003 – Brittany Hunter – Brookhaven HS, Ohio

2002 – Ann Strother – Highlands Ranch HS, Colorado

2001 – Shyra Ely – Ben Davis HS, Indiana

2000 – Alison Thomason – Pickens County HS, Georgia





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