Future Pioneer Gabrielle Washington Named ABCA Class 5A-I State Player of the Year

2010-2011 ABCA Players of the Year List

East Valley Tribune – All-Tribune Team

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.