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The Gatorade Player of the Year awards are given to both boys and girls at the high-school athletic level. They are given for baseball, football, softball, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, girls and boys track & field, and boys and girls cross country. The award is given to the best athlete in their respective sport by state. Each state winner is in the running for the national winner. Then, the national winner of each boys' and girls' sport is eligible to become the boy's or girl's athlete of the year. Past national winners include Kobe Bryant for basketball.

Male Basketball Player of the Year
Year Winner Hometown College
1987 J.R. Reid Virginia Beach, VA North Carolina
1988 Alonzo Mourning Chesapeake, VA Georgetown
1989 Kenny Anderson Jamaica, NY Georgia Tech
1990 Damon Bailey Bedford, IN Indiana
1991 Chris Webber Beverly Hills, MI Michigan
1992 Corliss Williamson Russellville, AR Arkansas
1993 Randy Livingston New Orleans, LA LSU
1994 Felipe López New York, NY St. John's
1995 Stephon Marbury Brooklyn, NY Georgia Tech
1996 Kobe Bryant Ardmore, PA Did not attend
1997 Baron Davis Santa Monica, CA UCLA
1998 Al Harrington Elizabeth, NJ Did not attend
1999 LaVell Blanchard Ann Arbor, MI Michigan
2000 Jared Jeffries Bloomington, IN Indiana
2001 Kelvin Torbert Flint, MI Michigan State
2002 LeBron James Akron, OH Did not attend
2003 LeBron James Akron, OH Did not attend
2004 Dwight Howard Atlanta, GA Did not attend
2005 Greg Oden Indianapolis, IN Ohio State
2006 Greg Oden Indianapolis, IN Ohio State
2007 Kevin Love Lake Oswego, OR UCLA
2008 Jrue Holiday North Hollywood, CA UCLA
2009 Brandon Knight Fort Lauderdale, FL Kentucky
2010 Brandon Knight Fort Lauderdale, FL Kentucky
2011 Brad Beal St. Louis, MO Florida
2012 Jabari Parker Chicago, IL Duke
2013 Andrew Wiggins Thornhill, ON, Canada Kansas
2014 Karl-Anthony Towns Metuchen, NJ Kentucky
2015 Ben Simmons Melbourne, Australia LSU
2016 Jayson Tatum St. Louis, MO Duke
2017 Michael Porter Jr. Columbia, MO Missouri
2018 RJ Barrett Mississauga, ON, Canada Duke
2019 James Wiseman Memphis, TN Memphis
2020 Emoni Bates East Lansing, MI High school sophomore
Female Basketball Player of the Year
Year Winner Hometown College
1986 Susan Anderson Deming, WA Texas
1987 Kris Durham Scotch Plains, NJ Seton Hall
1988 Vicki Hall Indianapolis, IN Texas
1989 Lisa Harrison Louisville, KY Tennessee
1990 Lisa Leslie Inglewood, CA USC
1991 Michelle Marciniak Allentown, PA Notre Dame / Tennessee
1992 Katie Smith Logan, OH Ohio State
1993 La'Keshia Frett Hampton, VA Georgia
1994 Monick Foote Wilmington, DE Virginia
1995 Stephanie White West Lebanon, IN Purdue
1996 Jamie Walz Fort Thomas, KY Western Kentucky
1997 Nikki Teasley Frederick, MD North Carolina
1998 Tamika Williams Dayton, OH UConn
1999 Jamie Carey
Nicole Kaczmarski
Thornton, CO
Middle Island, NY
UCLA / Stony Brook
2000 Shereka Wright Copperas Cove, TX Purdue
2001 Shyra Ely Indianapolis, IN Tennessee
2002 Ann Strother Highlands Ranch, CO UConn
2003 Candace Parker Naperville, IL Tennessee
2004 Candace Parker Naperville, IL Tennessee
2005 Abby Waner Highlands Ranch, CO Duke
2006 Tina Charles Middle Village, NY UConn
2007 Maya Moore Lawrenceville, GA UConn
2008 Nneka Ogwumike Cypress, TX Stanford
2009 Skylar Diggins South Bend, IN Notre Dame
2010 Chiney Ogwumike Cypress, TX Stanford
2011 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Santa Ana, California UConn
2012 Breanna Stewart North Syracuse, New York UConn
2013 Mercedes Russell Springfield, Oregon Tennessee
2014 Brianna Turner Manvel, Texas Notre Dame
2015 Katie Lou Samuelson Huntington Beach, California UConn
2016 Erin Boley Hodgenville, Kentucky Notre Dame / Oregon
2017 Megan Walker Richmond, Virginia UConn
2018 Christyn Williams Little Rock, Arkansas UConn
2019 Azzi Fudd Washington, D.C. High school sophomore
2020 Paige Bueckers Minnetonka, Minnesota UConn