WNBA All-Star Maya Moore surprised Manvel (Texas) High School senior Brianna Turner on Thursday by presenting her with the 2013-2014 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award.
The Gatorade award honors a high school player who exemplifies outstanding athletic and academic achievements. Turner holds a 3.71 GPA and comes off an incredible season, during which she averaged 20.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while leading her team to a 38-2 record and a state championship.
Turner was thrilled when she was greeted by Moore, who received the same award in 2007. The Gatorade Player of the Year program, which celebrated its 29th anniversary this year, has honored nearly 13,000 State Players of the Year and 260 National Players of the Year, including many athletes who went on enjoy outstanding professional careers, including Peyton Manning, Lisa Leslie, Derek Jeter and Kerri Walsh.
"We surprised Brianna in her English Class," Moore said of today's announcement. "When I walked in with the Gatorade trophy, she was very surprised and kept saying, 'you guys got me, you guys got me good!' It was really exciting."
Turner will continue her basketball career at the University of Notre Dame next semester.
Just surprised Brianna Turner with the @Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award. Welcome to the family, Brianna!!
— Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) March 20, 2014