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Every year since the first issue in 1998, ESPN the Magazine recognizes athletes poised for greatness

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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)

NEXT 2009


Cover: Matt Ryan (football)
Cover date: December 15, 2008

David Price (baseball)
Ricky Rubio (basketball)
Joey Logano (motorsports)

NEXT 2008


Cover: Joba Chamberlain (baseball)
Cover date: December 17, 2007

Brandon Roy (basketball)
Tyson Gay (track and field)
Noel Devine (football)
Patrick Willis (football)
Michael Beasley (basketball)
Hanley Ramirez (baseball)
Shawn Johnson (gymnastics)
Hockey:
Jack Johnson
Mike Cammalleri
Anze Kopitar
Surfing:
Coco Ho
Carissa Moore
Courtney Conlogue

NEXT 2007


Cover: Dwight Howard (basketball)
Cover date: February 12, 2007

Calvin Johnson (football)
Evgeni Malkin (hockey)
Jose Reyes (baseball)
Juan Pablo Montoya (race car driver)
Kimberly Kim (golf)
Jozy Altidore (soccer)
Maya Moore (basketball)
Alex Gordon (baseball)
Darren McFadden (football)
Surfing:
Riley Metcalf
Andrew Doheny
Luke Davis
Nat Young
Kolohe Andino

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NEXT 2006


Cover: Vince Young and Reggie Bush (football)
Cover date: March 3, 3006

Rob Lorifice (skateboarding)
Phil Kessel (hockey)
Al Miyazato (LPGA)
Matt Schaub (football)
Rudy Gay (basketball)
Barbara St. Hilaire (video gaming)
Justin Upton (baseball)
Sidney Rice (football)
Indigo Monk (snowboarding)
Chase Austin (race car driving)
Solomon Alabi (basketball)
Michelle Wie (golf)
Soccer:
Eddie Johnson (soccer)
Oguchi Onyewu (soccer)

NEXT 2005


Cover: Adrian Peterson (football)
Cover date: February 14, 2005

Carlos Beltran (baseball)
Ben Roethlisberger (football)
Sidney Crosby (hockey)
Dwyane Wade (basketball)
Mike Williams (football)

NEXT 2004


Cover: Kazuo Matsui (baseball)
Cover date: December 22, 2003

Michael Phelps (swimming)
Jennie Finch (softball)
Ho-Pin Tung (racing)
Freddy Adu (soccer)
Dwight Howard (basketball)
Randolph Morris (basketball)
Josh Smith (basketball)
Alexander Ovechkin (hockey)
Larry Fitzgerald (football)
Maria Sharapova (tennis)

NEXT 2003


Cover: LeBron James (basketball)
Cover Date: Dec. 23, 2002

Candace Parker (basketball)
Brandon Jacobs (football)
Hee-Seop Choi (baseball)
Antonio Bryant (football)
Paradorn Srichaphan (tennis)
Heather O'Reilly (soccer)
Josh Beckett (baseball)
Marian Gaborik (hockey)
Ricky Barnes (golf)
Greg Biffle (racing)
Hannah Teter (snowboarder)

NEXT 2002


Cover: Brian Urlacher (football)
Cover Date: Dec. 24, 2001

Jen Davidson and Jean Racine (bobsled)
Long Beach Poly (high school football team)
Apolo Anton Ohno (speed skating)
Wladimir Klitschko (boxing)
Adam Dunn (baseball)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (tennis)
Ilya Kovalchuk (hockey)
Clint Mathis (soccer)
Julius Peppers (football)
Ryan Sheckler (action)
Tyler Bledsoe (action)
Javier Vazquez (baseball)

NEXT 2001


Cover: Yao Ming (basketball)
Cover Date: Dec. 25, 2000

Steve Francis (basketball)
Andruw Jones (baseball)
Michael Vick (football)
Casey Atwood (racing)

Seimone Augustus (basketball)
Ricky Carmichael (action)
Bobby Convey (soccer)
Donovan McNabb (football)
Corey Simon (football)
Simon Gagne (hockey)
Troy Glaus (baseball)
Helio Castroneves (racing)
Jared Lorenzen (football)
Monique Henderson (track and field)
Daron Rahlves (skiing)
Marat Safin (tennis)
Ben Sheets (baseball)

NEXT 2000


Cover: Vince Carter (basketball)
Cover Date: Dec. 27, 1999

Rick Ankiel, Pat Burrell (baseball)
Champ Bailey (football)
Michael Michalchuk (snowboard)
Holly Beck (surfing)
Bob Burnquist (action)
Ricardo Juarez (boxing)
Michael Bennett (football)
Brian Viloria (boxer)
Cedric Cobbs (football)
Joe Forte (basketball)
Marion Jones (track/basketball)
Roberto Luongo (hockey)
Sergio Garcia (golfer)
Ian Thorpe (swimmer)

NEXT 1999


Cover Athletes: Randy Moss (football), Keith Van Horn (basketball)
Cover Date: Dec. 28, 1998

Khalid El-Amin (basketball)
Vladimir Guerrero (baseball)
Nikki Teasley (basketball)
Jaromir Jagr (hockey)
Tim Duncan (basketball)
David Reid (boxer)
The Williams Sisters (tennis)
Quincy Carter (football)
Nomar Garciaparra (baseball)
Kerry Wood (baseball)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
Jamal Anderson (football)

NEXT 1998


Cover Athletes: Kobe Bryant (basketball), Alex Rodriguez (baseball), Eric Lindros (hockey), Kordell Stewart (football)
Cover Date: March 23, 1998

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