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Aminu Mohammed named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Aminu Mohammed named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Aminu Mohammed of Greenwood (Springfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior helped the Blue Jays go 20-6 en route to the state quarterfinals.

Mohammed averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest while shooting 52 percent from the field.

After transferring from Washington, D.C., Mohammed spent his final three seasons at Greenwood, setting the all-time Springfield area record with 2,709 career points. He finished No. 13 on the all-time scoring list in state history.

Committed to Georgetown, Mohammed is regarded as the No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. The five-star guard also received offers from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland and Oklahoma State among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Aminu Mohammed in action at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions during his junior season.
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Aminu Mohammed in action at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions during his junior season.

10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth
Video: 10 unique high schools from Google Earth
Aerial views of distinctive campuses across the country.

Sometimes to really appreciate something, you need to change your perspective.

Renowned French novelist Marcel Proust once said, "the real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

MaxPreps provides "new eyes" to help discover 10 of the coolest high school campuses in the nation via Google Earth. Time to begin your real voyage of discovery.

Here is a snapshot of the 10 schools featured in the video:

Allen (Texas): The school already has a multi-million dollar football stadium, but it also has an impressive array of baseball and softball fields and an extra football field.
Bentonville (Ark.): A two-time MaxPreps Cup champion, Bentonville has a campus that stretches almost 10 city blocks.
Stevenson (Pebble Beach, Calif.): It's easy to see why Stevenson ranks as one of the top golf programs in the state. It's near the famed Pebble Beach golf course.
Westminster (Atlanta, Ga.): Winner of nearly 300 state championships, Westminster sits in a picturesque setting where the athletic fields are carved out of a heavily wooded area in Atlanta.
Parkland (Allentown, Pa.): From outer space, the Parkland campus looks like something from another world. The campus has a unique Millennium Falcon shape.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii): The Buff 'N Blue have won over 500 state championships and are located just a few miles from Waikiki Beach.
Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.): The Bulldogs have one of the top swimming programs in the nation, as evidenced by the Olympic-size pool that's just beyond the school's front doors.
Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.): Built along the Tennessee River, Baylor School overlooks the water with the athletic fields in among the woods lining the waterway.
Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.): Sitting atop a ridge in South San Jose, Valley Christian stretches the length of the rise with the football field at one end and the baseball field at the other.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Just a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico, IMG Academy hosts 16 soccer fields, a dozen tennis courts, three football fields and nine baseball fields, not to mention a small golf course and an Olympic-size pool.
Rahsool Diggins named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Rahsool Diggins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Rahsool Diggins of Archbishop Wood (Warminster) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 senior guard helped the Vikings go 19-1 en route to the Class 6A state title game.

Diggins averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per contest, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process with over 1,400 points. He capped his career with a game-high 26 points in a heartbreaking state championship game loss to Reading.

Regarded as the No. 46 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports, Diggins committed to Connecticut over offers from Florida, Kansas, Miami, Seton Hall, Villanova and Virginia Tech among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Rahsool Diggins will play for head coach Dan Hurley at Connecticut next season.
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Rahsool Diggins will play for head coach Dan Hurley at Connecticut next season.
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
Terry English had a .500 record at Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) ... when it comes to state championships. Along with winning 910 games in a 44-year career that ended this season, English won 22 state titles, including another one in March. He has been named the 2020-21 MaxPreps Coach of the Year in girls basketball.

Despite that amazing record, English isn't as focused on wins, losses and banners on the gym wall as one might expect.

"I know I've done a good job if the kids are smiling at the end of the season," he said.

That said, they might not have been smiling all year, as English admits he's "an emotional guy. When I chew somebody out, I chew 'em out pretty good."
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
But players, even elite players, listen.

Payton Verhulst, a MaxPreps All-American who graduates from Bishop Miege this year, puts it simply.

"He knows just about everything about basketball," she said. "He's so wise, when he speaks, everyone listens."

"I tell the girls, 'Don't listen to how I'm saying it, listen to what I'm saying,' " English said. "I've mellowed in some ways, but as far as the way I am on the sidelines, I haven't changed."

And then he considers the passage of time.

"Well, I'm probably not as explosive as I was in my younger days."

But to simply classify English as one of those coaches who yells a lot would be a mistake, because there's a short shelf life for those who rely heavily on vocal volume. English can relate to his players and also to shifts in how the game is played.

"I've been able to change," he said. "Reluctantly at times. But I'm very open-minded — if a friend on the street gives me an inbounds play and it works, I'll run it."

One thing that hasn't changed at Bishop Miege is reliance on a full-court press.

"Pressing is something we're known for," he said, noting that when he started in 1977 not many girls teams employed a press in Kansas.

English, though, didn't care how girls were playing.

"My whole idea from the start was to tell my players, 'I want you to ignore the phrase girls basketball. We're going to play basketball.'"

And play they did, better than any team in Kansas and as good as any team in the nation. And though English will still help his son Jeff – Bishop Miege's new coach – an era in Kansas basketball has come to an end. English has no regrets.

"It's been a great experience," he said. "I wouldn't change it for anything."

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 — No award given
2019 — Terri Bamford, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
2018 — Frank Orlando, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
2017 — Joe Lombard, Canyon (Texas)   
2016 — Karen Weitz, Centennial (Las Vegas)
2015 — Tom Gonsalves, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
2014 — Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 13-20

Alabama
Alex Oliver, Jasper
5-foot-10 | Senior | OH
22 sets played last week
Kills: 123
Kills/game: 5.59
Digs: 83
Digs/game: 3.77
Receptions: 118
Rcpt/game: 5.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 10

Arkansas
Abby Johnson, Jonesboro
5-6 | Senior | S
7 sets played last week
Assists: 79
Assists/game: 11.29
Team hitting percentage: 0.281
Digs: 15
Digs/game: 2.14
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4
5-6 | Senior | OH/S
6 sets played last week
Kills: 38
Kills/game: 6.33
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/game: 2.0
Aces: 8

Georgia
Jordan Christy, The Habersham School (Savannah)
5-10 | Senior | OH/S
10 sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/game: 7.3
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 1.4
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/game: 3.2
Aces: 18

Idaho
Naya Ojukwu, Mountain View (Meridian)
6-0 | Junior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 23
Kills/game: 3.83
Digs: 7
Digs/game: 1.17
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/game: 0.67
Blocks: 4

Indiana
Macy Bruton, Crawfordsville
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
10 sets played last week

Kills: 64
Kills/game: 6.4
Digs: 46
Digs/game: 4.6
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/game: 3
Aces: 12

Kansas
Addi Pelham, Maranatha Christian Academy (Shawnee)
6-1 | Senior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 37
Kills/game: 6.17
Digs: 18
Digs/game: 3
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1

Kentucky
Eleanor Beavin, Mercy (Louisville)
5-5 | Senior | L
11 sets played last week

Digs: 90
Digs/game: 8.18
Assists: 23
Assists/game: 2.09
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/game: 6.82

Louisiana
Ryley Boyne, Destrehan
5-11 | Junior | OH
7 sets played last week
Kills: 48
Kills/game: 6.86
Digs: 24
Digs/game: 3.43
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Michigan
Alyssa DeVries, Christian (Grand Rapids)
5-9 | Junior | S
14 sets played last week

Assists: 162
Assists/game: 11.58
Team hitting percentage: 0.310
Digs: 20
Digs/game: 1.43
Aces: 9

Mississippi
Lakin Laurendine, Clinton
6-2 | Sophomore | OH
7 sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/game: 6.57
Digs: 33
Digs/game: 4.71
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/game: 2.14
Aces: 2

Missouri
Sydney Golden, Nixa
5-7 | Junior | S/OH
17 sets played last week

Assists: 177
Assists/game: 10.41
Team hitting percentage: 0.244
Digs: 63
Digs/game: 3.71
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6

Montana
Madysen Hoerner, Columbia Falls
6-0 | Senior | MH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 30
Kills/game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/game: 2.17
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/game: 2.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Nebraska
Kylie Weeks, Elkhorn South (Omaha)
5-7 | Junior | OH/L
11 sets played last week

Kills: 72
Kills/game: 6.54
Digs: 45
Digs/game: 4.09
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/game: 6.64
Aces: 5

North Carolina
Christina Phillips, Caldwell Academy (Greensboro)
5-11 | Senior | S
9 sets played last week

Assists: 90
Assists/game: 10
Team hitting percentage: 0.411
Digs: 9
Aces: 9

North Dakota
Julia Dusek, Grafton
6-0 | Senior | OH
8 sets played last week

Kills: 29
Kills/game: 3.63
Digs: 27
Digs/game: 3.38
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/game: 6
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Ohio
Kenedi Goon, Crestview (Ashland)
6-2 | Senior | OH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 62
Kills/game: 6.2
Digs: 36
Digs/game: 3.6
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/game: 4.9
Aces: 2
Blocks: 7

Oklahoma
Chloe Ricke, Lincoln Christian (Tulsa)
N/A | Junior | S
3 sets played last week

Assists: 31
Assists/game: 10.33
Team hitting percentage: 0.292
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Pennsylvania
Sydnee Ashbrook, North Star (Boswell)
5-10 | Senior | MH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 53
Kills/game: 5.3
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/game: 2.2
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

South Carolina
AC Yelton, Chesnee
5-9 | Senior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/game: 7.17
Digs: 6
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/game: 3.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
Kennedy Leiferman, Kimball/White Lake (Kimball)
5-11 | Senior | MH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 50
Kills/game: 5
Digs: 45
Digs/game: 4.5
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/game: 4.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

Tennessee
Alexa Austin, King's Academy (Seymour)
5-11 | Senior | MH/OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 32
Kills/game: 5.33
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 2.33
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/game: 2
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Texas
Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Katy)
6-4 | Senior | OH
8 sets played last week

Kills: 55
Kills/game: 6.88
Digs: 28
Digs/game: 3.5
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/game: 5.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5

Utah
Kennedi Knudsen, Gunnison Valley (Gunnison)
5-10 | Junior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 41
Kills/game: 6.83
Digs: 25
Digs/game: 4.17
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/game: 4.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

West Virginia
Madison Boswell, Greenbrier East (Lewisburg)
6-0 | Senior | OH
12 sets played last week

Kills: 56
Kills/game: 4.67
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 1.17
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/game: 0.33
Aces: 6
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
McKenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield)
6-1 | Junior | OH
11 sets played last week

Kills: 72
Kills/game: 6.54
Digs: 42
Digs/game: 3.82
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/game: 3.91
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8

Wyoming
Michaela Moorehouse, Torrington
5-9 | Senior | OH/MB
7 sets played last week

Kills: 23
Kills/game: 3.29
Digs: 17
Digs/game: 2.43
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/game: 4.86
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.