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Jada Richard Named 2024 Gatorade Player of The Year

Check out these list below of previous winners:

Former Gatorade Player of the Year Awards

2024 - Jada Richard - Lafayette Christian Academy

2023 - Mikaylah Williams - Parkway

2022 - Mikaylah Williams - Parkway

2021 - Jeriah Warren - LaGrange

2020 - Jerkaila Jordan - John Curtis

2019 - Tiara Young - Walker

2018 - Kourtney Weber - Ursuline Academy

2017 - Cara Ursin - Destrehan

2016 - Cara Ursin - Destrehan

2015 - Cara Ursin - Destrehan

2014 - Kalani Brown - Salmen

2013 - Kaitlyn Pratt - McDonough 35

2012 - Kuaneshia Baker - Helen Cox

2011 - Brandi Jeffrey - St. James

2010 - Theresa Plaisance - Vandebilt Catholic

2009 - Theresa Plaisance - Vandebilt Catholic

2008 - Kristi Bellock - John Curtis

2007 - Adrienne Johnson - Franklin

2006 - Whitney Jones - West Monroe

2005 - Whitney Jones - West Monroe

2004 - JoHannan McKnight - John Curtis

2003 - Katie Antony - Anacoco

2002 - Simone Augustus - Capitol

2001 - Simone Augustus - Capitol

2000 - Alana Beard - Southwood

1999 - Ashley Anthony - Anacoco

1998 - Takeisha Lewis - Pineview

1997 - Melshika Bowman - Peabody

1996 - Danielle Butler - Captain Shreve

1995 - Christie Sides - Central Private

1994 - Lesli Vollrath - Byrd

1993 - Maquisha Walker - Athens

1992 - Joskeen Garner - Florien

1991 - Racquel Spurlock - Donaldsonville

1990 - Treskessa Syas - St. Louis

1989 Danielle Whitehurst - Southfield

1988 - Shannon Gridley - Redemptorist

1987 - Shantel Hardison - Natchitoches Central

1986 - Derunzia Johnson - Caldwell Parish


CHICAGO (March 14, 2024) — In its 39th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Jada Richard of Lafayette Christian Academy is the 2023-24 Gatorade Louisiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Richard is the first Gatorade Louisiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Lafayette Christian Academy.

The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Richard as Louisiana’s best high school girls basketball player. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport, touting an all-star group of alumni that includes Candace Parker (2003-04, 2002-03 & 2001-02, Naperville Central High School, Ill.), Paige Bueckers (2017-18, Hopkins High School, Minn.) and Juju Watkins (2022-23 & 2021-22, Sierra Canyon School, Calif.).

The 5-foot-7 senior point guard led the Knights to a 32-2 record and the Select Division II state championship this past season, their fourth straight state title. Richard averaged 26.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 steals and scored 18 points in LCA’s 43-38 win over Madison Prep in the state final. The 2023 Class 4A Player of the Year and a two-time state championship game MVP, Richard is ranked as the nation’s No. 97 recruit in the Class of 2024 by espnW. She concluded her prep basketball career with 2,896 points.

Richard founded and runs the Jada Richard Basketball Camp. She has volunteered locally at the Marcus Onezime Elite 48/24 basketball camp and she has donated her time to multiple community service initiatives through her church. “Jada is the real deal—her all-around game is outstanding,” said Darnell Thomas, head coach of Westgate High School. “Her ability to create shots and knock them down is next-level. She’s also unselfish by creating shots for others.”

Richard has maintained a weighted 4.08 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at Louisiana State University this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.

Richard joins recent Gatorade Louisiana Girls Basketball Players of the Year Mikaylah Williams (2022-23 & 2021-22, Parkway High School), Jeriah Warren (2020-21, LaGrange High School) and JerKaila Jordan (2019-20, John Curtis Christian School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

As part of Gatorade’s commitment to breaking down barriers in sport, every Player of the Year also receives a grant to donate to a social impact partner. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants have totaled more than $4.9 million across more than 1,600 organizations.

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