Gatorade National Player of the Year: Azzi Fudd ’21
On March 12, Gatorade announced Azzi Fudd ’21 as the National Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year for 2018-19. She is the first sophomore to earn this honor for girls’ basketball, and the first Cadet to be named as a Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Fudd's friends, family, teammates, coaches, teachers and special guest Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics surprised her at school with the news of her selection.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character both on and off the field. The 5-foot-11 sophomore guard led the Cadets to a 35-1 record and both the WCAC championship and the DCSAA title this season. A two-time WCAC Player of the Year, Fudd averaged 26.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. Ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2021 by ProspectsNation.com, she was the only sophomore member of the gold-medal winning US team at the FIBA Under-17 World Cup in Belarus last July. She is also the first sophomore in history to be a Naismith Award finalist.
Fudd planned and hosted “Hooping for a Cure,” a basketball clinic to raise money for the Pat Summit Foundation. She has volunteered locally with the Catholic Youth Organization and as a youth basketball coach, in addition to maintaining a 3.68 GPA in the classroom.
On March 8, Gatorade announced Fudd as this year’s DC Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year, an honor she also earned for the 2017-18 season. She has also been named as the WCAC Player of the Year and DCSAA Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.
“We are all so proud of Azzi and all of her accomplishments through her first two years here at St. John’s,” said Jonathan Scribner, St. John’s head girls’ basketball coach. “She has helped the team win championships, but more importantly, through her character, humble approach and incredible work ethic, she has helped to raise the bar for all of us, not just the girls’ basketball team. It is great to see this recognized on the national level as she is so deserving of this award.”