Announcing the 2010-11 ESPNHS
All-American Boys Basketball Team
The 2011 ESPNHS All-American first team fields 17 of the nation's best seniors and three special juniors.
A 30-player second team has also been chosen.
The editors of this team have chosen All-American teams and compiled national rankings in numerous sports for over 20 years. Input from other Mr. Basketball USA panelists was also key in final player selections.
The format for the team calls for it to be selected after every player finishes his season, which makes ESPNHS honors more reflective of players who made state championship runs. The teams also are chosen after all-state teams around the country have been released.
G -- Bradley Beal, Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 6-5 Sr.
The University of Florida recruit capped a productive career by averaging 32.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a senior for a 27-1 team. He shot 65.1 percent from the floor, including 50.3 percent from 3-point range, and was one of the best all-around inside-outside players in the country. The Gatorade National Boys' Basketball Player of the Year scored 2,634 career points, fourth best in St. Louis area history, and was a ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA finalist.
G -- Quinn Cook, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-0 Sr.
A future Duke University point guard, he was the anchor of a Warriors' squad which ended 29-4 and No. 7 in the FAB 50 with a runner-up finish in the ESPNHS National High School Invitational. Arguably no player in America was more important to the fortunes of his team as he averaged 27 ppg in three NHSI games and was never afraid to take the big shot. He averaged 20.3 points and 10.4 assists a game against a challenging national schedule.
F -- Anthony Davis, Perspectives Charter (Chicago, Ill.) 6-10 Sr.
This do-it all forward wasn't on anybody's All-American list as a junior. In fact, nobody had really heard of him on a nationwide level until last spring. He just completed his meteoric rise to the No. 1 spot in the ESPNU 100 as the nation's top prospect with a 29-point, 11-rebound performance at the Jordan Brand Classic. He gets knocked on some honors teams because his team finished 6-18 against Class 3A competition, but Davis' talent is just too much to ignore, as his 32 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks per game attest.
F -- Perry Ellis, Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) 6-8 Jr.
After leading Heights to its third consecutive Class 6A state title, Ellis' team will enter his senior season with his team riding a 44-game winning streak. This season, he shot over 72 percent from the field while averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds for a 25-0 team ranked No. 11 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Ellis has already been named Gatorade State Player of the Year three times and has won 72 of his 75 career games. Last year's ESPNHS National Sophomore of the Year, he's unofficially the runner-up to for class player of the year to Tony Parker of Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.).
F -- Dorian Finney-Smith, Norcom (Portsmouth, Va.) 6-7 Sr.
The Virginia Tech recruit led Norcom to back-to-back Group AAA state championships and capped off a stellar senior season with a 19-point, 17-rebound performance in the state title game. Finney-Smith was the difference maker for a Greyhounds team that finished 30-1 and No. 4 in the FAB 50. A versatile player, he averaged 18.8 points, 15.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 4.2 steals a game and was a two-time all-state honoree.
F -- Mike Gilchrist, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) 6-8 Sr.
Gilchrist earned Gatorade state player of the year honors for the second time this season and is the third ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA pick from New Jersey, joining Bill Raftery (1959) and Dajuan Wagner (2001). In addition to averaging 19.4 points and 14.3 rebounds for the No. 3 ranked team in the POWERADE FAB 50, the intangibles Gilchrist brought to the game usually led to winning. He turned in an MVP performance at the McDonald's All-American Game and followed that up with a 16-point performance at the Nike Hoop Summit. He also netted 12 points in the Jordan Brand Classic. Albeit in exhibitions, his team won all three of those games.
G -- Tyrone Johnson, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 6-2 Sr.
One of the nation's more under appreciated talents, Johnson was the leading scorer (15.4 ppg) and floor general for the nation's No. 2 ranked team after transferring from Linden (Linden, N.J.). A Villanova recruit, he shined in the Mustangs' big games, averaging 18.3 ppg and turning in an MVP performance at the 2011 ESPNHS National High School Invitational. He also averaged nearly 22 points per game against FAB 50 ranked clubs Oak Hill Academy, Findlay Prep and Arlington Country Day.
G -- Myck Kabongo, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) 6-2 Sr.
The Toronto native helped St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) to a 20-1 record and No. 4 FAB 50 ranking as a junior. Kabongo was the floor general for two nationally-ranked outfits that finished a combined 48-4 the past two seasons. As a senior, he took over for fellow Canadian Cory Joseph as the Pilots' point guard and led them to a 28-3 mark against one of the nation's most challenging schedules. The nation's fastest player with the ball in his hands, Kabongo averaged a team-leading 16.5 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.
G -- Trevor Lacey, Butler (Huntsville, Ala.) 6-3 Sr.
Arguably the nation's top uncommitted senior, he led Butler to a 32-2 record and Class 4A state title. The prolific scoring guard averaged 32.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a senior and was a two-time Mr. Alabama winner. Colleges showing the most interest include Kentucky, Kansas, Auburn, Connecticut, and North Carolina State.
G -- Myles Mack, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 5-8 Sr.
The floor leader of the 33-0 Friars' team which claimed the FAB 50 national title after winning the state Tournament of Champions' crown, Mack will take his considerable talents to nearby Rutgers. A big-game performer, he went for 19 points and four steals against rival St. Patrick in a FAB 50 No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. Mack averaged 15.2 points and 3.6 assists while shooting 49 percent from the floor on a balanced team. As a junior, he helped nearby Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) to the City of Palms title and 28-1 record before the school closed.
F -- Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-6 Jr.
Despite his season ending with an upset loss, Muhammad's production and skill set made him possibly the finest player in the West Region regardless of class. Muhammad averaged 25.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in leading Gorman to a 25-6 mark against strong competition. The Gaels were upset in the state semifinals, however, with Muhammad nursing a bum ankle. Muhammad will lead one of the nation's top teams next season and closed out his junior campaign with a 17-point performance at the All-American Championship in Houston, Texas. He's the top-ranked non-center in the ESPNU Super 60.
F -- James McAdoo, Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.) 6-9 Sr.
Easily one of the nation's most accomplished players, McAdoo was USA Basketball's 2009 Male Athlete of the Year and followed that up by twice winning Gatorade State Player of the Year. This season, he averaged 23 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game for a 25-6 team that won its second consecutive VISAA Division II state title. McAdoo capped it all off by winning MVP acclaim at both the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.
F -- LeBryan Nash, Lincoln (Dallas, Texas) 6-7 Sr.
The Oklahoma State recruit was named Dallas Morning News Player of the Year after leading Lincoln to a 32-4 record. This two-time Class 4A all-state selection averaged 23.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior. Nash was one of the nation's strongest and most explosive frontcourt players and could also do damage on the perimeter. A McDonald's All-American, he won the event's Slam Dunk contest.
C -- Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) 6-9 Jr.
The Georgia Class AAAA Player of the Year averaged 17.5 points and 15.6 rebounds for a team that won the state title and lost only twice on the court against strong competition. The ESPNHS National Junior of the Year will lead one of the contenders for preseason No. 1 in next season's POWERADE FAB 50. He closed out his fine junior campaign with a game-high 21 points and MVP honors for the winning South club at the All-American Championship in Houston, Texas.
G -- Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.) 6-4 Sr.
The four-year standout led his team to back-to-back state Class 6A titles while twice earning state Player of the Year honors. This season, the Duke recruit averaged 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists against a challenging national schedule. A big-game performer, Rivers earned all-tourney honors for three consecutive seasons at the prestigious City of Palms tournament. A three-time all-state selection and Mr. Basketball USA finalist, he finished with a reported 2,957 career points.
G -- Shannon Scott, Milton (Milton, Ga.) 6-1 Sr.
We get a chuckle recalling when Scott was invited to the Boost Mobile Elite 24. His father, former NBA player Charlie Scott, laughed how his son was anything but a flashy player. But the Ohio State recruit brought intangibles to a 29-3 team that can't be measured by his statistics: 13 points, seven assists and three steals per game. Perhaps the nation's best glue player, Scott earned a spot in the McDonald's All-American game by shining early against tough competition. Georgia's Class AAAAA Player of the Year as a senior led Milton to one state title and a 82-15 mark the past three seasons.
G -- Marquis Teague, Pike (Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-2 Sr.
The Kentucky recruit was Pike's floor leader the last three years while earning all-state honors. He averaged 21.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the floor. Arguably the top point guard prospect in the senior class, Teague's strength and ability to finish in the paint is what separated him from many of his contemporaries. His older brother, Jeff, plays for the Atlanta Hawks.
F -- Kyle Wiltjer, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 6-9 Sr.
This 3-time all-state pick got his senior season off to a fine start with a 20-point MVP performance at the 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24. One of the most versatile forwards in the country, Wiltjer demonstrated his complete game by winning the 3-point competition at the McDonald's All-American festivities. He averaged 20.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists for a Jesuit team that won its third consecutive Class 6A state title and finished No. 22 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Wiltjer has signed with Kentucky.
G -- B.J. Young, McCluer North (Florissant, Mo.) Sr.
Although his AAU running mate Brad Beal was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, an argument could be made that Young was Missouri's best player. The Arkansas recruit led North to a 29-4 record and Class 5 state title. The athletic shooting guard shot an amazing 82 percent on two-point goals and 53 percent from 3-point range while averaging 28.9 points plus 4.4 assists a game. He scored 27 points in the second half of a state quarterfinal playoff win over Beal's team at Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.).
C -- Cody Zeller, Washington (Washington, Ind.) 6-10 Sr.
The slender forward led his team to a third Class 3A state title in his four seasons. Also a fine student with a 3.99 G.P.A., the state Mr. Basketball averaged 23.7 points, 13 rebounds, 3.6 assists and shot 67 percent from the floor. The Indiana recruit is the third brother -- Tyler and Luke were the others -- to earn state all-star honors and participate in the McDonald's All-American game.
Note: All selections based on high school accomplishment, not future college/pro potential, and are reflective of those that lead their teams to state championships. ESPNHS does not knowingly select fifth-year players, and those ineligible due to age or academics, as Mr. Basketball USA or to its various All-American teams.