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Midseason 2019 ALL-USA Girls Basketball Player of the Year Candidates: Midwest Region

<p><strong>School:</strong> Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) <br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Height:</strong> 5-10<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Bueckers averages 26.1 points, 5.8 assists and 4.9 steals per game. She scored a season-high 37 points against Cooper in a 99-64 victory. She’s the No. 1 recruit on ESPN for the 2020 Class. She ranks second in all-time scoring among Hopkins players, tallying 1,926 points in her varsity career so far. Hopkins has started the year a perfect 17-0.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Mark Bloom/All Sport Photography</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rogers (Toledo, Ohio)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong>  Point Guard <br />
<strong>Height:</strong> 5-9<br />
<strong>College:</strong> South Carolina <br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Cooke became a national sensation when a highlight tape that showed her scoring 43 points went viral. Dwyane Wade, Chance the Rapper and other celebrities took notice of the highlight tape. She is the No. 2 point guard in the 2019 class and the seventh-ranked prospect overall, according to ESPN. Cooke averages 23.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game through 15 games.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Srijita Chattopadhyay/Naples Daily News</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Africentric (Columbus, Ohio) <br />
<strong>Position:</strong>  Guard <br />
<strong>Height:</strong> 6-1<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Tennessee <br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Horston is the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2019 Class and the top-ranked guard, according to ESPN. She was named to the McDonald's All-American team this season. She was named the MVP of the 2018 FIBA Uunder-17 World Cup. She averages 16.1 points, eight rebounds, four steals four assists per game this season for Africentric.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Ebony Pegues</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Western Boone (Thorntown, Ind.) <br />
<strong>Position:</strong>  Guard <br />
<strong>Height:</strong> 5-7<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Davenport University <br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Jones is Western Boone’s all-time leading scorer. She scored 50 points — a single-game record for her school — against Benton Central to lead her team to a 69-67 victory, per the Lebanon Reporter. She scored 49 in her team’s opening game this season, the Indy Star reported.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> West Side (Gary, Ind.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard <br />
<strong>Height:</strong> 5-7<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>Noteworthy</strong>: Shaw averages 25.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.7 steals per game for Gary West Side this season. She scored 23 points on 10-12 shooting in a 47-45 victory over Chesterton this season, per The Times of Northwest Indiana. She has yet to miss a game this season.</p>

<p><em>Photo: QueSean Mason</em></p>

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As the season reaches the the halfway point or close to it around the nation, USA TODAY High School Sports is assembling our midseason report with installments throughout the week, where we will be break down the candidates by region.
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Here we’re taking a look at the midseason candidates for the 2019 ALL-USA Boys Basketball Player of the Year in the Midwest Region.
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