CHICAGO — Kaitlyn Pratt of McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School was honored Thursday with the Gatorade Louisiana Girls Basketball Player.

Gatorade, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, made the announcement about the award.

The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court. Pratt is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

The 6-foot senior forward-center averaged 28.6 points, 17.0 rebounds, 8.0 steals, 5.0 assists and 4.0 blocks per game this past season, leading the Roneagles (19-10) to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Pratt was named the District 9-4A MVP and a Class 4A second-team all-state selection. She was also the MVP of the Division I 17U AAU National Championship Game as a member of the Kenner Angels in July.

Pratt has maintained a B average in the classroom. She has volunteered as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research, on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and as a youth basketball coach and mentor.

Pratt has signed a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock beginning this fall.