Highlighted by National Freshman of the Year Aquille Carr of Patterson (Baltimore, Md.), MaxPreps.com presents the 2009-10 Boys Basketball Freshmen All-American Team.
Carr, a 5-foot-6 guard, created a major buzz in the Charm City this season, earning Baltimore All-Metro honors after pouring in 25.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.3 steals per game.
"I didn't really know how good he was (coming in)," Patterson head coach Harry Martin said. "A couple of the guys on the team were talking about him, but you kind of take that with a grain of salt until you see him play."
It didn't take long for the frosh phenom to make a believer of his coach.
"It's amazing how he can finish around the basket," Martin said. "He averaged almost 26 points per game and most of the points came inside the paint. He has some improvement to make from the outside. Once he develops a consistent 3-point game it's really going to be impressive."
Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis and Texas are among the college powers already checking in.
Carr has shined in matchups against teams featuring star guards, dropping 39 points against Josh Selby and Baltimore rival Lake Clifton during the season and 32 in AAU ball against Indianapolis star Marquis Teague at the recent Boo Williams Invitational in Virginia.
All-American selections are based on statistics, team success and local, regional and state honors from the recently-completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a consideration.
Brian Bridgewater, Episcopal (Baton Rouge, La.)
6-4 / 210 / Forward
Averaged 22.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game en route to District 7-2A MVP and second team All-State honors.
NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore, Md.)
5-6 / 150 / Guard
It's not a misprint – the best freshman in the country this season was just 5-foot-6. The Baltimore Sun called Carr's campaign "one of (the) finest freshman seasons ever in area" after he put up 25.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.3 steals per game.
D.J. Fenner, Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.)
6-5 / 195 / Wing
Originally slated to attend Gonzaga of Washington, D.C., Fenner took Seattle's Metro League by storm, putting up 18.4 points per game.
Kasey Hill, Mount Dora Bible (Mount Dora, Fla.)
6-0 / 160 / Guard
Already a national name headed into his freshman year, Hill didn't disappoint in averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 4.8 steals and 4.3 rebounds per game en route to Orlando Sentinel third team All-Central Florida honors.
Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
6-8 / 220 / Forward
Randle teamed with Sophomore All-American Zach Peters to help Prestonwood Christian land private school state title in Texas, averaging 15.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Stephen Clark, Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
5-9 / 160 / Guard
Clark led a 30-0 4A state championship team at Douglass – arguably Oklahoma's best regardless of class – in scoring at 17.5 points per game along with 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 steals.
Dre'kalo Clayton, Evans (Orlando, Fla.)
6-6 / 230 / Forward
Bullish rookie led Evans in scoring (18.0 points per game) and rebounding (9.5) while joining Hill as All-Central Florida honoree.
Keith Frazier, Irving (Irving, Texas)
6-4 / 180 / Guard
Despite playing in one of Texas' most competitive 5A districts, Frazier was a top scorer in the Dallas area top at 17.5 points per game.
Torren Jones, Basha (Chandler, Ariz.)
6-8 / 195 / Forward
Helped Basha go 24-7 with averages of 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.
Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)
6-6 / 200 / Wing
Parker was the second-leading scorer (9.3 points per game) for Illinois' defensive-minded Class 4A champions.
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
Akoy Agau, Omaha Central (Omaha, Neb.)
6-7 / 190 / Forward
Played supporting role for most of the year, but put on a show in Nebraska's Class A state championship game with 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks in a Central win.
Justin Dotson, Daniel (Central, S.C.)
6-3 / 175 / Guard
Key component of Daniel's Class AAA state championship team, posting 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Kahlil Dukes, Capital Prep (Hartford, Conn.)
5-10 / 165 / Guard
Led the state of Connecticut and all freshmen nationally in scoring at 29.1 points per game along with 3.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.6 rebounds.
DeMonte Flannigan, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio)
6-7 / 225 / Forward
Earned first team Division III All-State honors after recording 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
6-6 / 175 / Forward
Already regarded as one of San Jose's best, Gordon contributed 11.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game.
Thomas Hamilton, Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.)
6-10 / 250 / Forward
Eased into a talented Dolphin rotation and carved out 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
Darryl Hicks Jr., Shelby County (Shelbyville, Ky.)
6-3 / 175 / Guard
Helped Rockets reach Kentucky's single-class "Sweet 16" by averaging 13.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Kuran Iverson, Northwest Catholic (West Hartford, Conn.)
6-8 / 190 / Forward
Second team Class L All-State selection after putting up of 13 points and eight rebounds per game.
Peter Jok, Roosevelt (Des Moines, Iowa)
6-5 / 175 / Guard
Missed some time with injuries and came off the bench for most of the season, but showed glimpses of his great potential in posting 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Cheikh Ndiaye, Army-Navy (Carlsbad, Calif.)
7-0 / 210 / Forward
The Senegal native has intriguing size and a developing game that helped account for 10.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per game.
Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa (Ottawa, Kan.)
6-5 / 190 / Wing
Ojeleye led Ottawa to a 23-4 record and Class 4A championship game with team-high averages of 14.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Juwan Parker, Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
6-4 / 185 / Wing
Coached by University of Tulsa legend Shea Seals, Parker chipped in 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Oklahoma's 5A state champions.
Roschon Prince, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
6-6 / 195 / Forward
Emerged as major contributor for Poly team packed with college prospects, tallying 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing.
Tyree Robinson, Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.)
6-4 / 190 / Guard
Along with brother and fellow All-American, Tyrell, could be in line for a special high school career after contributing 9.7 points, 4.1 and 2.9 assists for California's 29-2 Division II state champions.
Tyrell Robinson, Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.)
6-3 / 200 / Wing
Jason Bryant might be the luckiest coach in America with three more years of Tyree and Tyrell, who added 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Hornets.
Jahmel Taylor, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
6-1 / 160 / Guard
Helped Notre Dame win twice as many games in 2009-10 than in 2008-09, averaging 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
Charles Tucker Jr., Eastern (Lansing, Mich.)
5-11 / 165 / Guard
Solid in support of star junior LaDontae Henton at Eastern, Tucker scored 10.6 points and handed out 6.8 assist per game.
Jonathan Williams, Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.)
6-9 / 200 / Forward
Williams was a consistent double-double performer as a freshman and considered the top 2013 prospect in Memphis – a city with a scorching-hot high school basketball scene.