Back on Jan. 10 we released a preliminary look at players in the conversation for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors
. That list included 22 names, but Whitney Young (Chicago)
junior Jahlil Okafor
and seniors Andrew Wiggins
of Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
and Nigel Williams-Goss
of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
were highlighted as the frontrunners at the time.
Over a month later, that trio remains at the top of the list for high school basketball's top honor. Here is an updated glance at their credentials:Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young (Chicago)
The 6-foot-10, 270-pound junior helped the Dolphins capture the Chicago Public Schools League tournament title last weekend, avenging one of their three losses in the semifinals and beating nationally-ranked Morgan Park in the championship. Okafor is averaging 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game. The lone remaining prize for the big man and Whitney Young is the Illinois Class 4A state title. Should they meet Windy City rival Simeon, it could be among the most highly-anticipated games in state history. No junior has won MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors since Greg Oden captured the inaugural honor in 2006.Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
It's difficult to describe the type of scrutiny and pressure Wiggins has performed under this winter. He's viewed as the best teenage basketball prospect in the entire world and perhaps the most promising talent to come along since LeBron James. The 6-foot-7 wing also has the basketball fortunes of an entire country resting on his shoulders. Canadians believe Wiggins can help lift the country's national team from a rather unimpressive FIBA ranking of No. 26 to a position where it can potentially compete with the United States. With all of that hype and hope swirling about, Wiggins is having a huge year at Huntington Prep, posting 23.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 2.4 steals and 2.3 assists per game in leading the Express to a 27-2 record.Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
The ultimate floor general, Williams-Goss has helped Findlay Prep – ranked No. 1 in MaxPreps.com's Academy Top 10 – compile a 29-0 record this season. The future Washington Husky is 121-7 as a member of the Pilots over the last four years and is the program's all-time leader in points and assists. Williams-Goss authored perhaps the most memorable quarter of basketball of the season when he dropped in 18 points in the fourth quarter of a comeback victory over Montverde Academy (Fla.) at the Spalding Hoophall Classic. According to Findlay Prep head coach Todd Simon, he is shooting 90.1 percent from the free throw line, 58.4 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from the 3-point line this season.