Kris Jenkins, Marquis Wright named Gatorade players of the year


For the second straight year, Gonzaga’s Kris Jenkins was named D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. North Point senior Marquis Wright was honored in the state of Maryland (John McDonnell/The Washington Post).

Gonzaga‘s Kris Jenkins and North Point‘s Marquis Wright were named Gatorade state players of the year Thursday.

The award marks the second straight year that Jenkins has won for the D.C. area, punctuating a senior campaign in which the Villanova recruit averaged 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals per game.

“It’s a great honor,” Jenkins said via text Thursday. “I’m just so blessed to have won the award twice.”

North Point's Marquis Wright was named the Gatorade state player of the year in Maryland. North Point’s Marquis Wright was named the Gatorade state player of the year in Maryland.

“As a coach, it’s an incredible feeling to have a player win twice,” Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. “This award is a testament to who Kris is as a person and player and how he helped make our team the best we could be.”

Wright was honored within the state of Maryland after averaging 16.6 points and leading North Point (24-2) to the 4A state semifinals. The 6-foot-1 senior guard is committed to play at Loyola (Md.) next season.

Click here for a complete list of this year’s winners.

The girls’ winners were announced last week, with a trio of area players garnering honors.

St. John’s senior point guard Lindsay Allen, the WCAC player of the year, was named Gatorade player of the year for the District, conference foe Amanda Fioravanti earned the honor for Maryland and Forest Park guard Breyana Mason was named Virginia player of the year.

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