Published March 20, 2015
ATLANTA—For the second consecutive year, St. Pius X High School senior guard Asia Durr has been named the Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. As Georgia’s best high school basketball player, Durr is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Since 1985 the Gatorade Player of the Year program has annually recognized 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 and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. According to the program’s website, the selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA Today High School Sports, 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.
This season Durr led the Golden Lions to a quarterfinal appearance in the Class AAAA state tournament and a 27-4 overall record, including 18-0 in regular season region play. She averaged 33.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Durr, who stands at 5-foot-10, scored 931 points during the 2014-15 season. She also led St. Pius X in assists, blocked shots and steals. Durr shot 51 percent from the floor and 46 percent from behind the three-point line.
Leading scorer in St. Pius X school history
Durr finished her career as the leading scorer in St. Pius X school history, male or female, with 2,764 points, 706 rebounds, 254 assists, 266 steals and 75 blocks. She also played on back-to-back state championship teams in 2013 and 2014.
She signed a national letter of intent to play basketball as she attends the University of Louisville, Kentucky, this fall.
In addition to her high school play, Durr has also been a member of the Team USA under-16 and under-17 teams the past two summers. She was the most valuable player of the 2013 Women’s FIBA (International Basketball Federation) America’s Cup Tournament and captured the gold medal in the event. Durr also won a gold medal with the under-17 national team at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic.
One of five on Naismith All-America first team
Durr was also one of five players named March 10 to the first-team Naismith Girls High School All-America Team. The Naismith Awards were founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to recognize accomplished athletes, coaches, officials and contributors to high school and college basketball. The award is named after Dr. James Naismith, the creator of the game of basketball. In 1987 the Atlanta Tipoff Club began honoring the nation’s best boys and girls high school basketball players with the Naismith Trophy Boys and Girls High School Player of the Year. The winners are selected by board vote from a compiled top-10 list of players from across the country. Durr was one of five finalists for the award.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club also named her Miss Georgia Basketball, the top girls player in the state, for the second consecutive year.