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December 19th
Star Club’s Top 20 Athletes of 2011 (10-6)

It’s been a big year for basketball and this later part of Star Club’s list can easily tell you that some of 2011’s best performers were straight ballers. We’re getting closer to the best!

10) Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx

It’s extremely hard to put into words how crucial Ms. Moore is to the game of Women’s basketball. When you fully realize that she was singlehandedly dominating at the college level—toying with her opponents—only to migrate to the WNBA and win a championship, you have provide some type of standing ovation. It’s been a whirlwind year for the history-making former Connecticut Husky, but she hasn’t wavered a bit. We applaud her for her discipline and work-ethic, because being the best isn’t a gift, although she is certainly sharing it with us.

9) The New Big 3 – Miami Heat
Headlines, headlines and more headlines. While Drake doesn’t exactly come to mind this time around, we have to consider this past year’s most notable team, The Miami Heat, high on the list of sports memories. We don’t know if we can put either Lebron James, Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh on this list by themselves, but you can’t talk about basketball in the last year without mentioning them as a unit. It seems that no team has been more scrutinized, more hated and yet, more able to perform well on the court through all of that. The Big 3 made a championship run after their first year together with rock-solid defense and smooth, intuitive play. We can’t wait to see what they bring in 2012.

8.) Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals
We think that Pujols deserves his spot on this list right at number 8, simply because he’s one of the most dominant forces in baseball. Amongst trade and decision rumors earlier this year, he hopped back on the Cardinals’ squad and was an integral part to their 2011 World Series trophy. The series proved to be an up and down battle but his club prevailed, keying in several important home runs that helped them pull away. Arguably the best player in baseball is most definitely one of 2011’s best.

7) Jimmer Fredette – BYU
What Would Jimmer Do? Well, first he would break you down at the top of the key, dismantle your ankles, step back and add 3 points to the scoreboard. From about 30 feet out. The star Mormon guard had a dream senior season, leading all of NCAA basketball in scoring. We can’t wait to see his skills develop on the Sacramento Kings as there was no denying his collegiate star power.

6) Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls
Age ain’t nothing but a number, unless you’re putting up enough numbers to be the number one player in the National Basketball Association. Derrick Rose is the youngest MVP to ever earn the coveted award after powering the Chicago Bulls to their best season finish since a certain Mr. Airness was in town. You can’t deny the point guard’s uncanny slashing ability and willingness to learn, he’s become the brightest young star in a new era of NBA royalty.