Azzi Fudd is named Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

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St. Johns Sophomore, Azzi Fudd, Named Gatorade Player of the Year

March 14, 2019

By Cameron Jenkins

To say Azzi Fudd has had a great season is an understatement. The sophomore, combo guard averaged 26.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game – all while maintaining a 3.68 GPA.

All of her hard work paid off as she can add the title of Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the year.

"I'm still in shock," Fudd said of the acknowledgement, according to City Paper. "I'm still processing right now. It's so amazing."

The award, which has been given since 1986, recognizes student athletes for their academic achievement, exemplary character, in addition to their athletic excellence. With receiving one of the highest recognitions in high school basketball, Fudd joins the ranks of basketball elites including 12 WNBA first-round picks, 12 WNBA MVPs and two hall of famers.

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One of those MVPs is Washington Mystics forward, Elena Delle Donne, who presented Fudd with the award at a surprise ceremony held at St. Johns College High School.

“I've seen [her] film. She's got that nice right and up mid-range just like Maya Moore,” Delle Donne said. “I was having some Maya flashbacks. She's such a special player.”

Off the court, Fudd is active in the community serving as a mentor to local youth and a regular volunteer at the Catholic Youth Organization and a local youth basketball camp. And the teen’s humility doesn’t stop there. She made sure to give her supporters recognition with her acceptance of her award.

 “I wouldn’t be here without my parents and without [my team],” Fudd said. “They pushed me every day in practice, so it’s really a team trophy, honestly.”

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