2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings made a surprise visit to Cicero-North Syracuse High School to announce to Breanna Stewart that the future UConn Huskie has has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-4 senior forward has led the Northstars to a 19-3 record, the Section 3 Class AA championship and a berth in the Class AA state tournament semifinals against Ossining, scheduled for March 16. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Stewart is averaging 25.7 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals entering the postseason final four. A member of the USA Basketball Women’s U19 National Team which won the 2011 FIBA World Championships, she has been selected to participate in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game. New York’s Section III career leader for points scored, Stewart is rated as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012 by the Hoopgurlz ESPNU 100.