ANNOUNCING THE 2010-11 ESPNHS Underclass
ALL-AMERICAN BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM
Six juniors recently named ESPNHS All-Americans headline a group of 60 elite basketball players selected to the 2010-11 ESPNHS Underclass All-American Boys' Basketball Team.
Headlining the team are three ESPNHS First Team All-Americans: center Tony Parker of Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), power forward Perry Ellis of Heights (Wichita, Kan.) and wing Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.).
The 6-foot-9 Parker, this year's National Junior Player of the Year, averaged 17.5 points and 15.6 rebounds for Georgia Class AAAA state champion Miller Grove, which finished with a 31-2 on-court record and a No. 6 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50. Miller Grove's loss to Dr. Krop (Miami, Fla.) was later overturned. The other setback came against Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.), a team featuring junior All-American forward William "Shaq" Goodwin.
Parker is part of a strong contingent of underclass players from the Peach State that includes junior guard Chris Bolden of Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) and sophomore guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen of Columbia (Decatur, Ga.). Both Norcross and Columbia won state titles in their respective classes.
Ellis, meanwhile, led Heights to its third consecutive Class 6A state title and will enter the 2011-12 season riding a 44-game winning streak. Ellis is a three-time Gatorade State Player of the Year honoree and a strong candidate for ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA honors next season.
Ellis will challenge Muhammad for Mr. Basketball USA next season. The smooth lefty Muhammad averaged 25.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for a 25-6 team. He was arguably the top player in the West Region regardless of class and is the top-ranked non-center in the ESPNU Class of 2012 rankings. Although his team was stunned in the state semifinals this year, the Gaels are another strong 2011-12 FAB 50 title contender.
Staying with the theme of strong players on strong teams, junior Marcus Smart of Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) helped his team win the Class 5A state title and finish No. 5 in the FAB 50. Smart scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the state title game and is one of four starters returning for the Marauders next season.
Dynamic sophomore Jabari Parker of Simeon (Chicago, Ill.), a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 15.3 points for a balanced team that finished 30-2 and No. 9 in the FAB 50. Parker repeated as class player of the year and, with Simeon's strong returning talent, could develop into Illinois' first Mr. Basketball USA choice since Darius Miles of East St. Louis (East St. Louis, Ill.) in 2000.
Center Dakari Johnson of St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) is the top choice among freshmen. The 6-foot-10 center joined senior teammate Michael Gilchrist, the 2010-11 Mr. Basketball USA choice, as a class player of the year. It marks the first time one team had two class player of the year selections, but Johnson will likely transfer after the departure of longtime coach Kevin Boyle.
F -- Jordan Adams, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-5
*G -- Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 6-8
C -- Brandon Ashley, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 6-9
*C -- DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.) 6-9
*F -- Perry Ellis, Heights (Wichita, Kan.) 6-8
F -- Ricardo Gathers, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) 6-7
F -- Amile Jefferson, Friends' Central (Wynnewood, Pa.) 6-8
C -- Grant Jerrett, Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) 6-9
F -- Savon Lloyd-Goodman, Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) 6-5
*F -- Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-6
G -- Marcus Paige, Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) 6-1
*C -- Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) 6-9
G -- J-Mychal Reese, Bryan (Bryan, Texas) 6-1
*F -- Marcus Smart, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 6-4
G -- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-4
F -- Justin Anderson, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 6-7
C -- Isaiah Austin, Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) 7-0
F -- Anthony Bennett, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) 6-8
G -- Chris Bolden, Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 6-2
G -- Omar Calhoun, Christ The King (Middle Village, N.Y.) 6-3
C -- Matt Costello, Bay City Western (Auburn, Mich.) 6-9
F -- Daniel Dingle, St. Raymond's (Bronx, N.Y.) 6-6
G -- Kevin Ferrell, Park Tudor (Indianapolis, Ind.) 5-11
G -- Michael Frazier, Plant (Tampa, Fla.) 6-4
G -- Mike Gesell, South Sioux City (Sioux City, Neb.) 6-1
G -- Archie Goodwin, Sylvan Hills (Little Rock, Ark.) 6-5
F -- William "Shaq" Goodwin, Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.) 6-8
F -- Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) 6-6
F -- Xavier Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-6
G -- Tyler Lewis, Forsyth Country Day (Lewisville, N.C.) 5-11
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tony Parker
F -- Jabari Bird, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 6-5
F -- Brian Bridgewater, Episcopal (Baton Rouge, La.) 6-6
G -- Nate Britt, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 6-2
G -- Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore, Md.) 5-6
G -- Stephen Clark, Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 5-10
F -- John Davis, Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) 6-4
G -- Nick Emery, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 6-1
G -- Conner Frankamp, North (Wichita, Kan.) 6-1
G -- Keith Frazier, Irving (Irving, Texas) 6-4
F -- Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 6-6
G -- Kasey Hill, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 6-1
F -- Kuran Iverson, Northwest Catholic (Hartford, Ct.) 6-8
G -- Bronson Koenig, Aquinas (La Crosse, Wis.) 6-2
C -- Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.) 6-8
F -- Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 6-6
G -- Juwan Parker, Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) 6-4
F -- Roschon Prince, Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 6-5
C -- Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) 6-8
G -- Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) 5-10
F -- Ishmael Wainwright, Raytown South (Raytown, Mo.) 6-6
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jabari Parker
G -- Joel Berry, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) 6-1
G -- James Blackmon Jr., Bishop Luers (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) 6-2
G -- Parker Cartwright, Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) 5-8
G -- Justin Coleman, Carroll Catholic (Birmingham, Ala.) 5-9
C -- Dakari Johnson, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) 6-10
F -- Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-5
F -- Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-8
F -- Theo Pinson, Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, N.C.) 6-5
C -- Craig Victor, St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 6-8
G -- Isaiah Whitehead, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-4
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dakari Johnson
*2011 ESPNHS All-American
Editor's Note: Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.), the No. 1 recruit in the ESPNU Super 60, is actually in his fourth year of high school and will return to St. Thomas More next season as a post-graduate. Alex Murphy of St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.) is another highly regarded player who spent the season listed as a junior, but he decided to enroll at Duke in the fall, effectively ending his high school career. Similar to the overall All-American first and second team, selections are based on high school accomplishment, not future college/pro potential, and are reflective of those that lead their teams to state playoff success. ESPNHS does not knowingly select fifth-year players, and those ineligible due to age or academics, Mr. Basketball USA or to its various All-American teams.
Mark Tennis and Doug Huff contributed to this article.