Gatorade and USA Today announced the 2012-2013 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year today, and Virginia finds itself with two signees on the list, as Amanda Fioravanti of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School was named the Maryland Player of the Year, while Breyana Mason of Forest Park High School was named the Virginia Player of the Year.
At 6-foot-1, Fioravanti (F) averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game during her senior season. She was also named to the 2012 Washington Post First Team All-Met team and is a two - time First Team All-WCAC honoree. She played the second half of the season with an injured shooting hand. She also has a 3.76 GPA and volunteers through the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program and Best Buddies International.
ESPN HoopGurlz ranks Fioravanti as the 24th best forward in the country. Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle described her as someone who "will not back away from contact and embraces being on the block to battle opponents," as well as someone who can consistently stretch the defense from 17 feet."
At 5-foot-9, Mason (G) averaged 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game during her senior season. She is the Cardinal District Player of the Year, a three-time Northwest Region First Team selection, and a four-time All-Cardinal District honoree. She maintains a 3.96 GPA and volunteers at the Prince William County Animal Shelter and a homeless shelter, and also serves as a youth basketball coach.
Mason is ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz as the 13th best point guard in the country and 51st best player overall. Coach Boyle describes Mason as a physical combo guard with a very good mid-range game and who can also shoot the three. Boyle also complimented her vision and rebounding ability.
Together with Sydney Umeri, ranked No. 13 overall by Blue Star and No. 29 by ESPN HoopGurlz, and Tiffany Suarez, the No. 31 guard according to ESPN HoopGurlz, the incoming Class of 2013 is an extremely talented one, ranked by Blue Star Report as the No. 8 class in the country.