Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, AZ) was recently named the 2010-11 Class 5A-I state player of the year by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association. Washington also claimed her third consecutive East Valley Region player of the year honor. SHU's future 5-7 guard from Desert Ridge high school rounded out her award filled postseason by earning a spot on the All-Tribune first team.
"Gabby has a great feel for the game," said SHU head coach Ed Swanson. "She is an explosive guard who has the ability to score in a variety of ways. We have high expectations for her and believe she can play an important role in her freshmen year."
Washington led Desert Ridge to a second place finish in the East Region, compiling a 9-3 league record. During the season the Jaguars reached 12th in the state rankings, marking the program's most successful season since joining class 5A-I. Washington and Desert Ridge rattled off eight straight wins this January and February, finishing the season with an 18-11 mark. Washington was also honored by the Arizona Hot 100, which recognizes the top 100 students, administrators, and teachers in the state.