University of Kentucky women's basketball signee Bria Goss of Ben Davis High School was named by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, the 2011 Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Goss as Indiana’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Goss joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 & 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Maya Moore (2005-06 Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.)
The 5-foot-10 senior guard averaged 21.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.2 assists per game this past season, leading the Giants (24-1) to the Class 4A state tournament round of 16. A 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game selection, Goss shot 53.7 percent from the floor and 81.4 percent from the free throw line for Ben Davis, which won 81 straight games and back-to-back Class 4A state titles before losing in this year’s state tournament. As a sophomore, Goss hit the game-winning shot in the 2009 state title game. She concluded her prep basketball career with 1,604 points.
Goss has maintained a 3.33 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth basketball coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Goss is UK’s third Gatorade Player of the Year selection under head coach Matthew Mitchell as Sarah Beth Barnette (Kentucky) and Kastine Evans (Connecticut) were awarded their state’s honor last season.