West Forsyth’s Jenna Staiti continues to reel in post-season awards.
The soon-departing senior was named the 2016 Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Thursday, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports.
The award is given annually to the best basketball player in each state and the District of Columbia who also exemplifies outstanding work ethic in the classroom and community. Staiti has volunteered for the Special Olympics and has worked in West’s attendance office during her time in high school, while also balancing her career as a standout basketball star.
She has a 3.19 GPA and is signed to continue her athletic and academic career at the University of Maryland, where she’ll join South Forsyth’s Sarah Myers to make up one of the most anticipated recruiting classes in the program’s history.
Staiti recently led West to the Class AAAAAA state semifinals, where the Lady Wolverines fell to eventual state champion McEachern, 81-70. Staiti scored 51 points in the contest, eclipsing the 35-points-per-game average she had in the previous three playoff games.
Along with the aforementioned award, Staiti has also been named to the Naismith All-American team as an honorable mention, while her future Maryland teammates Destiny Slocum and Kaila Charles were named to the second and third team, respectively.
Staiti was named the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Miss Georgia Basketball on March 2. She will receive the award at the College Football Hall of Fame on March 13.
In her senior season, the 6-foot-5 center averaged 26.2 points and 13.7 rebounds per game, while also adding 4.2 blocks and 2.3 assists per contest. Remarkably, she had a double-double in 30 of the 32 games she played this season, leading the team to a 25-7 record.