Notre Dame women’s basketball incoming freshman forward Brianna Turner has been chosen as the 2013-14 Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year.
Turner received her honor at Tuesday night from World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medal-winning soccer legend Mia Hamm and is the third incoming Fighting Irish student-athlete (and second women’s basketball player) to earn the Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year award, following eventual four-time college All-America guard and 2014 WNBA All-Star starter Skylar Diggins (2009), and current women’s soccer midfielder/Soccer America Freshman All-America selection Morgan Andrews (2013).
With Turner’s selection, Notre Dame becomes only the second school (along with Connecticut) to welcome three recipients of the Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year award to its campus. What’s more, Notre Dame is just the second school with honorees in multiple sports, joining USC (one football and one track & field) in that elite group.
Turner is the seventh women’s basketball player to earn the Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year award, joining Diggins and other 2014 WNBA All-Stars Candace Parker, Tina Charles and Maya Moore, as well as current University of Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart.