|(above) DU recruit Michaela Neuhaus was named the top female high school player in Colorado|
From: Max Preps
DU Women's basketball recruit Michaela Neuhaus of Highlands Ranch was named 2011-12 Gatorade Colorado Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Neuhaus is the fifth Gatorade Colorado Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Highlands Ranch High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Neuhaus as Colorado's best high school girls basketball player.
The 5-foot-7 senior point guard has led the Falcons to a 22-4 record entering the Class 5A playoffs. Neuhaus averaged 23 points, 4.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while shooting at 85 percent from the free throw line through 26 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, she helped Highlands Ranch to the Class 5A state title as a junior.
Neuhaus has maintained a 3.62 GPA in the classroom.
"Michaela Neuhaus is an incredible athlete," said Highlands Ranch head coach Caryn Jarocki. "What's more impressive is that she is such a great leader and has worked hard to lead our team of younger players to new heights. It has been a joy and a pleasure coaching her."
Neuhaus has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Denver this fall.