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Helms Named Connecticut Player of the Year

By NU Athletic Communications

Future Nebraska women's basketball player Makenzie Helms was named the 2019 Gatorade Connecticut High School Player of the Year over the weekend.

Helms, a 5-8 guard for the East Haven Yellowjackets, averaged 26.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 4.3 steals per game while leading her high school team to the Southern Connecticut Conference championship with a 20-5 record on the season.

Helms, who was the 2019 Southern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year, led East Haven to the Connecticut Class L state quarterfinals.

Helms was the first commitment to Nebraska’s 2018-19 class, making her intentions known in January of 2018. Helms averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 4.0 steals per game for an East Haven High School team that finished No. 3 in the state of Connecticut with a 25-3 record in 2017-18. Helms earned first-team all-state honors and was a USA Today first-team All-Connecticut selection. 

As a sophomore, Helms averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals at the Loomis Chaffee School. She earned All-New England accolades as both a freshman and sophomore.

She played her summer basketball for New Heights NYC for Coach Rock Rosa, averaging 20 points, six rebounds, eight assists and five steals per contest. ESPN ranked her as the No. 27 point guard in the class of 2019.

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