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Thursday, March 10, 2016

UConn signee Dangerfield in Tennessee's Gatorade Player of Year

UConn incoming freshman Crystal Dangerfield was named Tennessee's Gatorade Player of the Year for the third straight season.

The senior led Blackman High in Murfreesboro to state titles as a sophomore and junior. As a senior she averaged 23.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Dangerfield is the first player named Tennessee's Gatorade Player of the Year three times. Former Tennessee star Glory Johnson is the only other player to earn that honor more than once.

Fresh off winning the Morgan Wootten Award as the McDonald's national player of the year, Dangerfield figures to be one of the leading candidates to capture the Gatorade national player of the year.

UConn recruiting targets Megan Walker (Virginia) and Christyn Williams (Arkansas) were named the winners in their states while the Connecticut winner was Weaver's Shaquana Edwards.

Dangerfield was also one of 10 players named to the WBCA All-American team.

Former UConn recruiting target Lauren Cox, who is headed to Baylor, was named the national player of the year. She was joined on the team by Maryland signees Kaila Charles and Destiny Slocum, Notre Dame commit Erin Boley, Baylor commit Natalie Chou, Texas incoming freshman Joyner Holmes, Ohio State incoming freshman Tori McCoy, Duke commit Leaonna Odom as well as Sabrina Ionescu, the only uncommitted player to make the team.

This is an interesting year when it comes to the national player of the year awards as three different players have won major awards so far counting Notre Dame Jackie Young, the Naismith national player of the year. You have to go back to 2009 to find the last time that happened. That trio of Brittney Griner (WBCA), Skylar Diggins (Naismith) and Kelsey Bone (Morgan Wootten) turned out to be pretty good college players.

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