NEXT winners, 1998-2012
Every year since the first issue in 1998, ESPN the Magazine recognizes athletes poised for greatness
NEXT 2012 Cover: Cam Newton (football) Cover date: Jan. 9, 2012 Anthony Davis (basketball) Mike Stanton (baseball) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hockey) Brek Shea (soccer)
NEXT 2011 Cover: Buster Posey (baseball) Cover date: Jan. 10, 2011 Patrick Peterson (football) Evander Kane (hockey) Blake Griffin (basketball)
NEXT 2010 Cover: Kevin Durant (basketball) Cover date: December 14, 2009 Chris Johnson (football) John Wall (basketball) Stephen Strasburg (baseball) Melanie Oudin (tennis)
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Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.