Manvel High School star takes nation’s top honor

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MANVEL, TX –  How do you know you’re a big deal? Try being named the very best in the country at what you do. That’s what Manvel High School’s Brianna Turner experienced after being named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in basketball.

Turner says, “It’s a really great honor. I mean we are coming off a really great season. We won state and went 38-2 and just getting that honor. It’s really great. It’s a great addition.”

The 6′ 3″ senior can add another honor as well since she becomes CW39’s Class Act of the Week.

Manvel High School Assistant Athletic Trainer Monica Jackson says, “She is a phenomenal student-athlete. She’s a class act. She’s one of a kind. Her character is strong. Ethics and morals are remarkable. She’s very responsible and very reliable.”

Turner will take all those attributes with her to Notre Dame where she plans to major in broadcast journalism. The Irish were lucky to land her because other top programs like UConn, Baylor, Duke and Stanford all coveted the player who has won for the Red, White and Blue.

Turner has been playing for her country the past couple of years on the under-19 and under-17 squads, She explains that he love for basketball started at an early age.

Turner says, “I started when I was 5 at the YMCA and I just kind of kept playing. I was on my first travel team when I was 9, and since then I’ve been on the road playing in the summer.”

But you don’t get the type of accolades that Turner has been receiving, if you don’t take care of business both on and off the court.

Turner says, “Just got to get the job done in the classroom so I can be on the court so I don’t have to worry about making up a test if I fail or going to study hall. I just try to be on top of everything.”

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