March 14, 2013
Two members of the incoming Vanderbilt women's basketball class have been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective home states. Rebekah Dahlman has picked up the honor for Minnesota, while Marqu'es Webb earned the award in Alabama.
Rebekah Dahlman (Braham, Minn./Braham Area High School)
The state's returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year led the Bombers to a 30-0 record and a berth in the Class AA sectional state tournament, scheduled to begin March 13. The 5-foot-9 senior guard averaged 35.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 6.1 steals through 30 games. The state's career scoring leader, Dahlman had recorded 4,963 career points entering the state tournament. A McDonald's High School All-American Game selection, she averaged 35.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 5.1 assists per game as a junior and led Braham Area to the 2011 Class AA state title as a sophomore.
Dahlman has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom. She has donated her time locally as a peer tutor, youth basketball instructor and caregiver to senior citizens in need.
Marqu'es Webb (Hoover, Ala./Hoover High School)
The 6-foot-1 senior forward and center led the Buccaneers to a 28-4 record and their second straight Class 6A state title this past season. Webb averaged 15.1 points, 11 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. A two-time First Team All-State selection and a 2013 Alabama Miss Basketball nominee, she recorded 29 points and 22 rebounds in the Class 6A state final, leading Hoover to a 66-55 victory over Blount High.
Webb has maintained a 3.48 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Montgomery Zoo and as a youth basketball camp counselor.
About the Gatorade Player of the Year Award
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 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.
For more on the award, visit Gatorade.com.