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Nebraska women's basketball commit Makenzie Helms was named the 2018-19 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-8 senior guard led East Haven (20-5) to the Class L quarterfinals — at the time of the selection — in Connecticut, averaging 26.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 4.3 steals per game.

The awards continue to pile in for the future Husker, who was also named Southern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year, to the New Haven Register First Team All-State honoree and was selected to the 2018 USA TODAY ALL-USA Connecticut First Team.

Helms committed to the Huskers in January 2018 following a visit to Lincoln. Originally, Helms was set to visit Iowa State following her trip to Nebraska. But the East Haven native canceled that trip and committed to Amy Williams and NU. 

“I had no idea, but just being there and seeing all the facilities and the fans, the beautiful campus, the girls on the team, the coaches, everything just fell into place and I got that feeling," Helms said then.

Helms was briefly committed to Quinnipiac University, which is close to where she lives, before starting the recruiting process over.

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