Asia Durr

St. Pius X Catholic High School, senior

Asia Durr (number 25) takes a shot.

High school basketball star Asia Durr, a senior at St. Pius X Catholic High School, has won more than 17 athletic awards.

But just as important as her basketball skills, Asia is an excellent student with an incredible work ethic, said Kyle Snipes, varsity coach for St. Pius X.

“Asia works harder than she plays,” Snipes said.

Asia Durr

As the St. Pius X basketball team senior wing, she has led her team, the Golden Lions, to back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. Snipes said Asia “encourages people to strive to meet her level of excellence.”

Recent accomplishments include: MVP of the 2013 FIBA Americas Cup Tournament, member of Team USA U16 and U17, the International Basketball Federation National Junior Women’s teams and winning a gold medal as part of the U17 national team at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic.

She’s also in the running for Gatorade National Player of the Year in Girls Basketball.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia, that sanction high school football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and track and field.

It awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sports-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

What’s Next:

Asia will attend the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

This article was prepared by Elizabeth Lamar, a student at Riverwood International Charter School.