ESPNHS unveiled its All-American basketball team for the 2011-12 season today, and making the list is Tilton (N.H.) center Nerlens Noel and New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn.
The 6-foot-10 Noel, who last week announced his commitment to Kentucky on ESPNU, was named to the First Team, alongside Bishop Gorman (Nev.) swingman Shabazz Muhammad, St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Kyle Anderson, Flower Mound Marcus (Texas) guard Marcus Smart, and Simeon (Ill.) forward Jabari Parker. Dunn, a Providence signee and the nation's No. 2 overall point guard, was named to the Fourth Team. That adds to what was a dedicated career at New London -- a state championship, four All-State selections, a McDonald's All-American selection, Gatorade Player of the Year, and over 2,000 career points.
You can view the entire team by clicking here. Below is what ESPNHS' panel had to say about its selections of Noel and Dunn:
C -- Nerlens Noel, Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) 6-11 Sr.
The nation's best shot-blocker impacted the game on the defensive end more than any player in the country. Noel averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council Class AA runner-up. With his timing and ability to stay out of foul trouble, many national scouts think the Kentucky recruit is the best long-term prospect in this group.
G -- Kris Dunn, New London (New London, Conn.) 6-3 Sr.
As a senior, the Providence recruit was a scoring machine for the 23-3 team with a 31.4 per game average. He also had norms of 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals a game while shooting 60 percent on 2-point goals. In one game versus Stonington, he had 32 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals. Dunn, a three-time all-state selection, is the first elite team selection from Connecticut since former NBA forward Charles Smith of Warren Harding (Bridgeport, Conn.) in 1984 and earned numerous end-of-season honors: McDonald's All-American, Gatorade State Player of the Year and media state player of the year.