After the Notre Dame women's earliest NCAA Tournament exit since 2010, help is on the way.
WNBA star Maya Moore recently presented Notre Dame commit Erin Boley of Elizabethtown High School with the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.
All the 6-2 forward did during her senior year was average 24 points, 10 rebounds, and just shy of 3 steals and 3 assists a game while leading her team to a 30-5 record and an appearance in the Kentucky state quarterfinals.
According to a Gatorade press release, the award celebrates "not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court." Boley earned a 4.0 GPA and is at the top of her class academically, so she should fit into Notre Dame for more reasons than her prowess on the court.
By earning this prestigious honor, Boley has also become a candidate for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced in July.
If the award's history is any indication, Boley has a good career ahead of her. Brianna Turner and Skyler Diggins are other recent winners of the award.
It's also worth mentioning that Boley will matriculate with Jackie Young, the Princeton, Indiana star who pulled in her own hardware. Young was awarded the Naismith Player of the Year after a career in which she surpassed Shanna Zollman's all-time state scoring record on the girls' side and Damon Bailey's on the boys' side.
For a team that lost only two games and two seniors in 2015-2016, suffice it to say the cupboard is anything but bare for the Irish.