Video: Talking first team All-AmericansMaking the case for top five selections and identifying our sixth man.
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the top 50 high school boys basketball players in America.
Past honorees include 2017 NBA All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins (2008 and 2009), Anthony Davis (2011), DeMar DeRozan (2008), Kevin Durant (2008), James Harden (2007), Kyrie Irving (2010), Kevin Love (2006 and 2007), Isaiah Thomas (2006) and Kemba Walker (2008).
Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate and non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
Highlighted by Player of the Year selection Michael Porter Jr.
of Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.)
, MaxPreps presents the 2016-17 All-American Team.
FIRST TEAMMarvin Bagley III, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6-10 | 225 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Trailblazers spent much of the season ranked No. 1 nationally behind 2018 No. 1 prospect's 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.MAXPREPS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.)
6-9 | 220 | Senior | Forward | Committed to Missouri
A one-year wonder in the state of Washington after moving with family to Seattle, averaged 37 points and 14 rebounds per game for unbeaten state and national champs.Ethan Thompson, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.)
6-4 | 180 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Oregon State
Tallied 22.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per outing, helping the Knights win five games against nationally-ranked opponents in the postseason en route to a state title.Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day (Spartanburg, S.C.)
6-7 | 230 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Became a national sensation with highlight dunks, putting up 36.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game en route to state title.Trae Young, Norman North (Norman, Okla.)
6-2 | 170 | Senior | Guard | Committed to Oklahoma
A teammate of Porter's on the club circuit, future Sooner piled up over 42 points per game in Oklahoma's largest classification.
SECOND TEAMBrian Bowen, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
First team selection Ethan Thompson of Bishop Montgomery fields questions from reporters after winning California's Open Division state championship game.
Photo: Todd Shurtleff
6-7 | 190 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
Go-to guy for Dick's Nationals and Independent Top 10 national champions, averaged over 22 points and six rebounds per game.Jordan Brown, Woodcreek (Roseville, Calif.)
6-10 | 210 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
USA Basketball veteran put up 26.3 points, 15.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game while leading Woodcreek to a 32-3 record and state title game appearance.Trevon Duval, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
6-3 | 185 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
Season ended in disappointment with quarterfinal loss at Dick's Nationals but vagabond guard finally found a home at IMG, averaging 17 points and seven assists per game.Kevin Knox, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.)
6-8 | 205 | Senior | Forward | Uncommitted
Piled up 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in leading Tampa Catholic to Class 5A state championship game.Gary Trent Jr., Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.)
6-5 | 205 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Duke
After building substantial legacy in Minnesota, transferred to Prolific Prep over the summer and averaged nearly 30 points per game for 29-3 Crew.
THIRD TEAMDeAndre Ayton, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
MaxPreps All-Americans Brian Bowen (left) and Jaren Jackson celebrate after winning the Dick's Nationals championship game.
Photo: Steven Ryan
7-0 | 250 | Senior | Center | Signed with Arizona
Mixed reviews at times during the season but turned it on late, scoring 29 points and grabbing 23 points in the the Grind Session tournament title game. Averaged 23.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.)
6-10 | 255 | Senior | Forward | Signed with Duke
Had he been able to get Pace Academy a couple more wins in big out-of-state games (2-6 record in those contests), future Blue Devil would have climbed a little higher on the list after putting 22.7 points and 15.5 rebounds per game.Chuma Okeke, Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.)
6-8 | 225 | Senior | Forward | Signed with Auburn
Overcame several high-profile recruits to earn Sandy's Spiel Georgia Mr. Basketball, putting up over 24 points and 15 rebounds per game.Nick Richards, Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.)
6-11 | 245 | Senior | Center | Signed with Kentucky
NJ.com state player of the year led Celtics to NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title and Top 10 national ranking.P.J. Washington, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
6-9 | 230 | Senior | Forward | Signed with Kentucky
Expected to be a big factor in Lexington next season, averaged 19.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game for the powerhouse Pilots.
FOURTH TEAMR.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl scored a major coup by landing third team All-American Chuma Okeke.
Photo: Dan Browning
6-7 | 190 | Sophomore | Guard | Uncommitted
Expected to be the centerpiece for a big run by Montverde over the next two years, averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game on a roster loaded with future college players.Darius Garland, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.)
6-1 | 165 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Eagles went 30-2, won state title and finished ranked in the Top 10 nationally thanks to star guard's 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.Jaren Jackson, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
6-10 | 220 | Senior | Forward | Signed with Michigan State
Averaged over 15 points and 10 rebounds per game for Independent Top 10 national champs.Romeo Langford, New Albany (Ind.)
6-5 | 190 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Couldn't quite repeat sophomore season heroics but still averaged 28.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the 25-win Bulldogs.Foster Loyer, Clarkston (Mich.)
6-0 | 160 | Junior | Guard | Committed to Michigan State
Bank Hoops Michigan POY put together a string of 119 consecutive made free throws, averaged over 25 points and six assists to lead Clarkston to a state title.
FIFTH TEAMTre Jones, Apple Valley (Minn.)
Brentwood Academy is 88-7 with three state titles since the arrival of Darius Garland.
Photo: Andrew Collignon
6-2 | 185 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Younger brother of former Apple Valley and Duke star Tyrus Jones, averaged 23.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in leading Eagles to state title.Alex Lomax, Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)
5-11 | 180 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
The general for head coach Penny Hardaway's back-to-back AAA state championship teams, averaged 16.1 points, 7.5 assists, 6.4 rebounds en route to second straight Mr. Basketball honor.Chris Lykes, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
5-7 | 160 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Miami
Led Gonzaga to postseason triple crown (WCAC, DCSAA and Alhambra tourney titles), averaging over 18 points per game.John Petty, Jemison (Huntsville, Ala.)
6-5 | 185 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Alabama
Helped first-year school Jemison win a state title, putting up 21.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists per outing.Courtney Ramey, Webster Groves (Mo.)
6-3 | 175 | Junior | Guard | Committed to Louisville
St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year led Statesmen to 29-2 record and state title, accumulating 19.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.
HONORABLE MENTIONLiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
Point guard Alex Lomax led Memphis East to a 33-3 record and No. 2 final High School Top 25 ranking.
Photo: Randy Kemp
6-5 | 225 | Senior | Guard | Signed with UCLA
Arguably the country's most explosive scorer, authored performances of 72, 65, 60, 56 and 52 (twice) for 30-win Huskies. Averaged 33.8 points per game on the season.Mohamed Bamba, Westtown (Pa.)
6-11 | 215 | Senior | Center | Uncommitted
Impact goes beyond the numbers for elite big man, who used his size and extraordinary length to help Westtown go 32-2.Alex Barcello, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
6-2 | 180 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Arizona
Aztecs went 108-15 with three state championship game appearances during future Wildcat's career. Averaged 24.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per outing as a senior.Troy Brown, Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
6-7 | 210 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Oregon
Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 22.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.Trent Frazier, Wellington (Fla.)
6-2 | 170 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Illinois
Helped Wolverines go 81-12 over the past three seasons with a state title in 2015. Averaged 27.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assist per game this season.Marcus Garrett, Skyline (Dallas, Texas)
6-7 | 190 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Kansas
Dallas Morning News All-Area POY was a triple-double threat every night out, averaging 16.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game.Collin Gillespie, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
6-2 | 165 | Senior | Guard | Committed to Villanova
Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania POY did it all for the Vikings, who went 28-3 en route to a state title and final Top 25 national ranking.Quade Green, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.)
6-0 | 175 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Kentucky
Hampered by injuries for much of the season, closed strong to win fourth state title as a Saint. Averaged 20.7 points and 7.9 assists per game.Jaylen Hands, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.)
6-3 | 170 | Senior | Guard | Signed with UCLA
After transfer eligibility rules wiped out his junior season, came back strong as a senior by averaging 29.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game.Kobe King, La Crosse Central (La Crosse, Wis.)
6-3 | 180 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Wisconsin
Associated Press POY averaged 27.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in leading Red Raiders to Division 2 state title.Chuck O'Bannon, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
6-6 | 195 | Senior | Guard | Committed to USC
Helped Gaels win their sixth state title in a row, averaging over 21 points per game.Kezie Okpala, Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
6-8 | 185 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Stanford
Quietly put together spectacular senior season, averaging 30.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in leading Aztecs to Division II state title.Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette (La.)
6-11 | 230 | Senior | Center | Signed with Western Kentucky
Top 10 recruit headed to Conference USA tallied 25.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots per game.Daron Russell, Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)
5-10 | 160 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Rhode Island
Teamed with David Beatty to give Imhotep one of the nation's best backcourts, leading Panthers to 31-2 record, state title and No. 3 final national ranking.Collin Sexton, Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.)
6-2 | 180 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Alabama
Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AAAAAAA POY put up nearly 30 points per night against one of the nation's toughest schedules.Ja'Vonte Smart, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
6-4 | 185 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Produced 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game while leading the Hornets to 31 wins and the Class 5A state title.Mark Smith, Edwardsville (Ill.)
6-4 | 215 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
Tigers went 30-2 behind former baseball prospect's 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game.Lonnie Walker, Reading (Pa.)
6-5 | 195 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Miami
All-time leading scorer at tradition-rich Reading went out on top, leading Red Knights to 30-3 record and Class AAAAAA state title.M.J. Walker, Jonesboro (Ga.)
6-5 | 215 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
Went 110-18 with two state titles as four-year starter at Jonesboro, averaging 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a senior.Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
6-8 | 215 | Sophomore | Forward | Uncommitted
Produced 23.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for Class 7A state champs, earning first team ASWA All-State and Birmingham All-Metro POY.Kaleb Wesson, Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio)
6-9 | 280 | Senior | Center | Signed with Ohio State
Ohio's Mr. Basketball put up 22.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, led Wildcats to 68 wins over the past three seasons.Lindell Wigginton, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
6-2 | 185 | Senior | Guard | Signed with Iowa State
There are bigger names on the Oak Hill Academy roster but Nova Scotia native has been Steve Smith's most consistent producer for the past two years, averaging 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 2016-17.Kris Wilkes, North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)
6-7 | 200 | Senior | Forward | Signed with UCLA
Outshined Romeo Langford and New Albany in December, averaged over 22 points and seven rebounds per game for the season.McKinley Wright, Champlin Park (Champlin, Minn.)
6-0 | 165 | Senior | Guard | Committed to Dayton
Came up one win short of unbeaten season and state title, averaging 22.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.Kyle Young, Jackson (Massillon, Ohio)
6-7 | 215 | Senior | Forward | Signed with Butler
Tallied over 18 points and six rebounds per game for Ohio's Division I state champions.
With a year to go in his high school career, Ja'Vonte Smart of Scotlandville (Baton Rouge) is already a two-time state player of the year in Louisiana.
Photo: Steve Dalmado