Bradley takes home national player of the year, all-america honors

Originally Published: April 15, 2009
ESPNRISE.com

Congratulations to the 2009 ESPNRISE.com Boys' Basketball All-America team:

2009 ESPNRISE.com All-America First Team
Avery Bradley Jr.
School: Findlay Prep
(Henderson, Nev.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-3
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Kenny Boynton
School: American Heritage
(Plantation, Fla.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-3
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DeMarcus Cousins
School: LeFlore
(Mobile, Ala.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-10
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Derrick Favors
School: South Atlanta
(Atlanta)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-9
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Abdul Gaddy
School: Bellarmine Prep
(Tacoma, Wash.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-3
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2009 ESPNRISE.com All-America First Team
Keith "Tiny" Gallon
School: Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-8
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Michael Gilchrist
School: St. Patrick
(Elizabeth, N.J.)
Class: Sophomore
Ht: 6-7
Xavier Henry
School: Putnam City
(Oklahoma City)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-6
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John Henson
School: Sickles (Tampa, Fla.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-10
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Wally Judge
School: Arlington Country Day
(Jacksonville, Fla.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-8
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2009 ESPNRISE.com All-America First Team
Ryan Kelly
School: Ravenscroft School
(Raleigh, N.C.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-10
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Brandon Knight
School: Pine Crest
(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-3
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Mason Plumlee
School: Christ School
(Arden, N.C.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-10
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Austin Rivers
School: Winter Park (Fla.)
Class: Sophomore
Ht: 6-9
Renardo Sidney Jr.
School: Fairfax (Los Angeles)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-9
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2009 ESPNRISE.com All-America First Team
Josh Smith
School: Kentwood
(Covington, Wash.)
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-9
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Lance Stephenson
School: Lincoln
(Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-5
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Jared Sullinger
School: Northland
(Columbus, Ohio)
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-8
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Dante Taylor
School: National Christian
(Fort Washington, Md.)
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-9
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Tony Wroten Jr.
School: Garfield
(Seattle)
Class: Sophomore
Ht: 6-5

Individual awards

National Player of the Year: Avery Bradley
Junior of the Year: Brandon Knight, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Sophomore of the Year: Michael Gilchrist, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)
Freshman of the Year: DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-Dewitt (Dewitt, N.Y.)
Coach of the Year: Kevin Boyle, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)

2009 ESPNRISE.com Boys' Basketball All-America First Team

Players are listed alphabetically.

Avery Bradley: The MVP of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational led the Pilots to the tournament title the same week he played in the McDonald's All-American Game. He signed with Texas.

Kenny Boynton: Boynton played in the McDonald's All-American Game; averaged 32 points, finishing as Florida's third all-time scorer. He signed with Florida.

DeMarcus Cousins: Cousins averaged 24.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.6 assists as the Rattlers advanced to Alabama's Class 5A semifinals.

Derrick Favors: Favors was named the national player of the year by McDonald's and Naismith. He averaged 27.5 points, 13.3 rebounds and five blocks and is headed to Georgia Tech.

Abdul Gaddy: Gaddy averaged 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, earning invitations to the McDonald's and Jordan Brand all-star games. He signed with Washington.

Keith Gallon: Gallon played in the McDonald's All-American Game. He's a native of Houston and has signed with Oklahoma.

Michael Gilchrist: A gifted sophomore who was named New Jersey's player of the year, Gilchrist led St. Patrick to the state Tournament of Champions title. He averaged 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and three blocks.

Xavier Henry: Henry helped the Pirates win Oklahoma's Class 6A state title while averaging 26.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and three assists. He has signed with Memphis, but might opt out of his commitment.

John Henson: Henson transferred from Round Rock (Texas) to Sickles (Fla.) for his senior year, but still managed to average 17.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6.1 blocks. He signed with North Carolina.

Wally Judge: Judge led ACD to the Florida Class 2A title, averaging 18 points and 18 rebounds along the way. He signed with Kansas State.

Ryan Kelly: Kelly averaged 25.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks this season. He signed with Duke.

Brandon Knight: Knight was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a junior. He helped Pine Crest win its second straight Florida Class 3A title, averaging 32 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

Mason Plumlee: Plumlee averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and led the Greenies to their third straight state title. He signed with Duke.

Austin Rivers: Rivers averaged a conference-best 23.3 points, making a splash at the City of Palms Classic in December. His father, Doc Rivers, coaches the Boston Celtics.

Renardo Sidney: Sidney was selected for the Nike Hoops Summit and McDonald's and Jordan Brand games. He averaged 25.3 points and 13.5 rebounds and will sign with USC.

Josh Smith: Smith averaged 24.3 points, recording back-to-back 40-point games and 16.3 rebounds per game. He is a two-time all-state forward, who is undecided on college.

Lance Stephenson: A four-year starter, Stephenson helped Lincoln win an unprecedented fourth straight New York City PSAL AA title. He concluded his brilliant career as New York's all-time leading scorer with 2,846 points.

Jared Sullinger: Named Ohio's Mr. Basketball after leading Northland to the Division I title, Sullinger averaged 19.9 points and 14.8 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field.

Dante Taylor: Taylor played in the McDonald's All-American Game after averaging 23.8 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks this season. He will attend Pittsburgh.

Tony Wroten Jr.: He averaged 18 points, with a season high of 31 points. He's currently considering Washington, Louisville, Seton Hall, Villanova and Maryland.

2009 ESPNRISE.com Boys' Basketball All-America Second Team

Isaiah Armwood, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), senior
Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa), junior
Lorenzo Brown, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), senior
Dominic Cheek, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), senior
Dominique Ferguson, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
Kyrie Irving, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.), junior
John Jenkins, Camp Station (Gallatin, Tenn.), senior
Milton Jennings, Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.), senior
Elijah Johnson, Cheyenne (North Las Vegas), senior
Noel Johnson, Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.), senior
Trevor Lacey, Butler (Huntsville, Ala.), sophomore
Tommy Mason-Griffin, Madison (Houston), senior
James McAdoo, Norfolk (Va.) Christian, junior
Leslie McDonald, Briarcrest Christian (Memphis), senior
Alex Oriakhi, Tilton (N.H.) School, senior
Jereme Richmond, Waukegan (Ill.), junior
LaQuinton Ross, Murrah (Jackson, Miss.), sophomore
Peyton "Pepe" Siva, Franklin (Seattle), senior
Michael Snaer, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.), senior
Dexter Strickland, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.), senior
DeShaun Thomas, Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.), junior
Tristan Thompson, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), junior
Jeremy Tyler, San Diego (Calif.) High, junior
Christian Watford, Shades Valley (Birmingham, Ala.), senior
Maalik Wayns, Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), senior
David Wear, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), senior
Travis Wear, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), senior
Royce White, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), senior
Jamil Wilson, Horlick (Racine, Wis.), senior
Mouphtaou Yarou, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), senior