Gatorade today announced Destiny Adams of Manchester Township High School as its 2020-21 Gatorade New Jersey Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The Gatorade POY honor marks the first time a girl from Manchester Township High School’s basketball squad has captured this notable distinction.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the hardwood.
The 6-foot-3 senior forward led the Hawks to a 10-5 record this past season, averaging an impressive 30.1 points, 18.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. A McDonald’s All-American, Adams converted an astronomical 55 percent of her field goal attempts. An NJ.com First Team All-State selection, ESPN ranked her as the nation’s No. 20 prospect in the Class of 2021.
Additionally, Adams has volunteered locally on behalf of Helping Hands for Hunger, a soup kitchen, and Operation Christmas Child, a hands-on way for people to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other items, per its website.
“Destiny Adams is just a once-in-a-lifetime athlete,” said Joe Montano, head coach at Red Bank Catholic High, in a press release. “She handles the ball against the press, she can make threes, she jumps out of the gym. She’s impossible to guard.”
Adams has maintained an A average in the classroom. She has inked a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.
Now, Adams is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the
Year award to be announced in June.
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— Jerry Del Priore