Grandview's Michaela Onyenwere named Gatorade player of the year for girls basketball

(Matt Mathewes/

Grandview star Michaela Onyenwere picked up another award on Monday morning when she was named the Gatorade player of the year for Colorado girls basketball.

Onyenwere, a McDonald's All-American, led the Wolves to the Class 5A championship over the weekend, the first in program history.

She now becomes a finalist for the national award, which will be announced later this month.

Onyenwere, a UCLA recruit, finished her career at No. 4 on girls basketball's all-time scoring list in Colorado.

After the 5A game, Lakewood coach Chris Poisson said on Onyenwere: "She was really good as a sophomore; really, really good as a junior. She is absolutely great as a senior. She is special. There is a reason why she is going where she is going. She is incredible."

"Michaela Onyenwere is an amazing player, competitor and leader," Cherry Creek coach Chris Curneen said in a statement. "She is a classy person and has always been intense and very athletic. She has great sportsmanship and I don’t know of any other coach or player that has ever had anything negative to say about her."