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Kiki Rice Named Gatorade Female High School Athlete of Year

Jul 20, 2022

UCLA women's basketball freshman Kiki Rice was named the 2022 Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year. Rice is the first-ever Bruin to win on the women's side and just the second Bruin ever to capture the Gatorade national award, joining men's basketball's Kevin Love, who won in 2007.

The Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.) graduate won the Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year award and two Gatorade Washington D.C. Soccer Player of the Year awards. She also earned the Naismith High School Player of Year award and the MaxPreps National Female High School Athlete of the Year.

Rice had a supremely successful 2021-22 season, leading her high school squad to a 30-0 record and No. 1 national ranking, averaging 15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game. The Quakers won both the DCSAA Tournament and the State Champions Invitational. Rice was selected the co-MVP of the McDonald's All-American game and received tournament MVP awards after leading Team USA to gold at the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship. The gold medal was her second with USA Basketball at the FIBA Americas Championships, as she won in 2019 with the U16 National Team.

Established 37 years ago in 1985, the Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes the nation's most elite high school athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field. Each year, a selection committee evaluates the nation's top talent to choose one state winner from each of the 50 states as well as Washington D.C., in 12 different sports: football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls track & field. From the 608 state winners, only 12 are selected as national winners for their individual sport and become nominees for Gatorade Athlete of the Year, which is awarded to the nation's top overall female and male high school athletes. With more than six million student-athletes who participate in the 12 sports awarded by Gatorade Player of the Year, competition is fierce for the most prestigious award in high school sports.

Cross country runner Colin Sahlman of Newbury Park High School won the Male High School Athlete of the Year.

PAST GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
2020: Arik Gilbert (Football, University of Georgia), Paige Bueckers (Basketball, University of Connecticut)
2019: Bobby Witt Jr. (Baseball, Kansas City Royals), Kelley Lynch (Softball, University of Washington)
2018: J.T. Daniels (Football, West Virginia University), Katelyn Tuohy (Cross Country and Track & Field, North Carolina State University)
2017: MacKenzie Gore (Baseball, San Diego Padres), Sydney McLaughlin (Track & Field, USA Track & Field)
2016: Jayson Tatum (Basketball, Boston Celtics), Sydney McLaughlin (Track & Field, USA Track & Field)
2015: Kyler Murray (Football, Arizona Cardinals), Candace Hill (Track & Field, ASICS Sprinter)
2014: Karl-Anthony Towns (Basketball, Minnesota Timberwolves), Brianna Turner (Basketball, Phoenix Mercury)
2013: Andrew Wiggins (Basketball, Golden State Warriors), Morgan Andrews (Soccer, OL Reign)
2012: Johnathan Gray (Football, Retired College Athlete), Breanna Stewart (Basketball, Seattle Storm)
2011: Dylan Bundy (Baseball, Minnesota Twins), Morgan Brian (Soccer, Chicago Red Stars)
2010: Brandon Knight (Basketball, Dallas Mavericks), Chiney Ogwumike (Basketball, Los Angeles Sparks)
2009: Garrett Gilbert (Football, NFL Free Agent), Skylar Diggins (Basketball, Phoenix Mercury)
2008: Matt Barkley (Football, Buffalo Bills), Chanelle Price (Track & Field, USA Track & Field)
2007: Kevin Love (Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers), Maya Moore (Basketball, Minnesota Lynx)
2006: Greg Oden (Basketball, Retired Pro Athlete), Tina Charles (Basketball, Seattle Storm)
2005: Greg Paulus (Football, Niagara University Coaching Staff), Cynthia Barboza (Volleyball, Retired Pro Athlete)
2004: Dwight Howard (Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers), Candace Parker (Basketball, Chicago Sky)
2003: LeBron James (Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers), Allyson Felix (Track & Field, USA Track & Field)