In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Taylor Robertson of McPherson High School as its 2016-17 Gatorade Kansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Robertson is the third Gatorade Kansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from McPherson High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Robertson as Kansas’s best high school girls basketball player.
Robertson is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced later this month.
The 5-foot-9 junior guard had led the Bullpups to a 19-3 record and a berth in the Class 4A-1 state tournament at the time of her selection. Robertson averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals through 22 games. She is a two-time All-State and two-time First Team All-Conference honoree.
A devoted member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Robertson has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, a community Thanksgiving dinner and youth basketball programs.
“Robertson’s basketball IQ is outstanding, and she makes everyone around her better,” said Jordan Crawford head coach at El Dorado High. “She’s the type of player you design a lot of junk defenses for, but she still gets it done. She can go for 30 points in the blink of an eye.”
Robertson has maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
Robertson joins recent Gatorade Kansas Girls Basketball Players of the Year Kendrian Elliott (2015-16, Wichita South High School), Keiryn Swenson (2014-15, Maize High School), Kaylee Page (2013-14, Wamego High School), Katelyn Loecker (2012-13 & 2011-12, McPherson High School), Natalie Knight (2010-11, Olathe South High School), Tiffany Bias (2009-10, Andover Central), Taber Spani (2008-09, Metro Academy), Kendra Frazier (2007-08, Labette County High School), and Morgan Boyd (2006–07, Olathe East High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.