Video: Co-Freshman of the Year LaMelo Ball and Onyeka OkongwuNational champs have some staying power with a pair of talented frosh in the starting lineup.
Highlighted by National Co-Freshman of the Year LaMelo Ball
and Onyeka Okongwu
of Chino Hills (Calif.)
, MaxPreps presents the 2015-16 Freshman All-American Team.
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 or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
Past Freshman of the Year selections include:
2010 – Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore, Md.)
2011 – Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, Ind.)
2012 – Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2013 – Harry Giles, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
2014 – Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
2015 – Marvin Bagley III, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
FIRST TEAMR.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Fla.)
6-6 | 185 | GuardWith all the talent coming through Montverde under head coach Kevin Boyle, hard to believe a freshman led the team in scoring this season.CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
5-11 | 150 | Guard | Committed to UCLAAveraged over 16 points and three assists per game for undefeated section, state and national champions.Charles Bassey, St. Anthony (San Antonio, Texas)
6-10 | 210 | ForwardEarly 2019 top prospect candidate produced 20.2 points, 17.1 rebounds and 5.9 blocked shots per game for TAPPS (Texas private schools) 5A runner-up.
CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Onyeka Okongwu, Chino Hills (Calif.)
6-9 | 200 | ForwardBig time rim protector for the national champs, averaged 7.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game.Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
6-7 | 200 | WingAll-State and Birmingham Metro POY pick averaged 23.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for 24-win Spartans.
SECOND TEAMJoe Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.)
6-0 | 160 | GuardAfter putting up over 20 points per game as an eighth grader playing varsity ball in 2014-15, upped his average to 33.9 this season and led Glens Falls to 20-win season.
Chandler Lawson, Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)
6-9 | 190 | ForwardRegular double figures contributor for head coach Penny Hardaway's Class AAA state champions.Marcedus Leech, Poplar Bluff (Mo.)
6-5 | 170 | WingPiled up 21.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game at same school that produced Tyler Hansbrough.Cassius Stanley, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
6-5 | 195 | GuardLed Wolverines to 27 wins and Division IV state title, averaging 19.3 points per game with some spectacular dunks along the way.Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
6-7 | 205 | ForwardJoined 6-11 sophomore Bol Bol to give 4A Division I champs an imposing front line, earned Wichita Eagle second team All-State honors.
THIRD TEAMTyger Campbell, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
6-0 | 170 | GuardPlayed far beyond his years as floor general for Lakers, who finished 27-4 and ranked No. 6 nationally by MaxPreps.Blake Hinson, Deltona (Fla.)
6-6 | 210 | ForwardAlso a star football prospect, tallied 17.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.Jarod Lucas, Los Altos (Hacienda Heights, Calif.)
6-3 | 170 | GuardHelped Conquerors go 24-4 by producing 26.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assist per game.
Brian Mack, Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.)
6-8 | 255 | CenterContributed 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for North Carolina's Class 4A state champions.Wendell Moore, Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.)
6-5 | 185 | WingProduced 17.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest for 22-win Chargers.