Rock Island’s Breanna Beal named Gatorade’s player of the year in Illinois

High School Sports

Rock Island’s Breanna Beal was named Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Friday.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard averaged 24.8 points, 14 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.6 blocks and 2.6 steals per game this past season, leading the Rocks (30-2) to the Class 4A Super-Sectionals. Already a two-time Miss Basketball winner and a three-time First Team All-State honoree, Beal is also a McDonald’s All-American Game selection. She concluded her prep basketball career with 2,720 points and 1,285 rebounds.  

Beal — now a three-time winner — was the first Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Rock Island High School. 

The award recognizes “outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.” 

The honor makes Beal a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be announced in March.

“Brea impacts the game in all the right ways,” said Marcus Mann, head coach of Normal Community High School. “She plays with and through her teammates, utilizing opportunities for herself as well as the other players to be successful.”      

Beal has maintained a weighted 3.42 GPA in the classroom and has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach.

She signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of South Carolina beginning this fall.

As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Beal also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing. She is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.

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