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C.H. Flowers G/F De’Janae Boykin named girls’ Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland

C.H. Flowers' basketball standout De'Janae Boykin is the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) C.H. Flowers’ basketball standout De’Janae Boykin is the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

C.H. Flowers guard/forward De’Janae Boykin was named the 2014 Gatorade Maryland girls’ basketball Player of the Year Thursday for a standout junior season in which she averaged 21.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 3.2 steals and 3.0 blocks while leading the Jaguars to a 17-2 record and the Maryland 4A South semifinals. Boykin turned in double-doubles in 17 of 19 games, including four 20-20 showings. By earning Maryland player of the year honors, Boykin now becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, to be announced later this month.

Boykin is ranked the No. 8 recruit in the class of 2015 by ESPN, and holds offers from North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Virginia, Louisville, and West Virginia among many others. She won a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship, and will be trying out for the national team again this spring. The award also recognizes Boykin’s work off the court, which includes a B average and volunteer work as an elementary school tutor and volunteer at the Glenarden-Ardmore-Springdale Boys and Girls Club.

The versatile 6-3 wing will likely play as a guard in college, though she did it all for Flowers, helping the Jaguars recover from the loss of 10 seniors and charge through the 4A South almost as easily without them. A Riverdale Baptist transfer, Boykin opted to attend Flowers after her freshman year with the nationally ranked Crusaders in order to be close to her younger brother.

Unlike many local prep prodigies, De'Janae Boykin transferred from a perennial private powerhouse in Riverdale Baptist to public shool C.H. Flowers to help her brother, Josh, who is legally blind. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

More: Boykin stars at C.H. Flowers to stick with legally blind brother

Fun is working for C.H. Flowers girls

Chelsea Janes covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.



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