Video: Vernon Carey Jr. highlights
Duke, Kansas and North Carolina among suitors for elite junior prospect.
Highlighted by National Junior of the Year Vernon Carey Jr.
of University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
, MaxPreps presents the 2017-18 Boys Basketball Junior All-American Team.
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
Past Junior of the Year selections include:
2017 — Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day, (Spartanburg, S.C.)
2016 — Kevin Knox, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.)
2015 — Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.)
2014 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2013 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2012 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2011 — Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
2010 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
MAXPREPS NATIONAL JUNIOR OF THE YEARVernon Carey Jr., University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)6-10 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Averaged 26.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading University (36-2) to the City of Palms Classic title, Class 5A state championship and trip to New York City for GEICO Nationals.Joseph Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.)6-1 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
New York's all-time leading scorer with 3,306 points, averaged 50
points per game this winter while leading Indians to a 20-3 record.Ashton Hagans, Newton (Covington, Ga.)6-3 | Junior | Guard | Kentucky
Averaged 20.1 points, 10.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game, leading Newton to a 27-4 record and Class AAAAAAA semifinals.
Matthew Hurt, John Marshall (Rochester, Minn.)6-9 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Filled up the stat sheet for 26-3 Rockets, averaging 33.9 points, 15.0 rebounds, 3.9 blocks and 3.6 assists per game.Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)6-8 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Averaged 23.3 points and 12.3 rebounds for Alabama's 7A state champions, which went 32-4 and finished the season ranked No. 24 nationally by MaxPreps.
Precious Achiuwa, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.)6-7 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
prospect averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.9 blocks and
2.2 steals per game for 28-2 Gray Bees.
Charles Bassey, Aspire Academy (Louisville, Ky.)6-10 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Ultra-athletic big man averaged 19.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.9 assists per game.Jaelen House, Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.)6-2 | Junior | Guard | Arizona State
No. 9 Shadow Mountain (25-2) to its third consecutive state
championship, averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 steals, 5.3 assists and 3.8
rebounds per game.Wendell Moore Jr., Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.)6-6 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
NCBCA Player of the Year tallied 25.4 points, 7.3
rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He led 29-3 Chargers
to their second consecutive Class 3A state crown.Onyeka Okongwu, Chino Hills (Calif.)6-9 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Despite a rough start to the season, Chino Hills (26-11) ended the year on an 11-game winning streak and captured the CIF Division I state title. Okongwu averaged over 28 points and 12 rebounds per game to go along with nearly four blocked shots.
THIRD TEAMCole Anthony, Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.)6-2 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
through injury, Anthony posted 23.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.Armando Bacot, Trinity Episcopal (Richmond, Va.)6-10 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game for 26-4 Titans, who fell in the VISAA Division 1 semifinals.Jalen Lecque, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)6-4 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Nearly averaged a triple-double, finishing the season with averages of 20.1 points, 9.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds per contest.E.J. Liddell, Belleville West (Ill.)6-7 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 20.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while leading led No. 16 Maroons (32-2) to the
Class 4A IHSA state title.James Wiseman, Memphis East (Tenn.)6-11 | Junior | Center | Uncommitted
Averaged 18.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game for the Mustangs, who won their third consecutive state title and finished ranked No. 4 nationally.
HONORABLE MENTIONBryan Antoine, Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.)6-5 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Boys All-Shore Player of the Year averaged 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for 28-5 Ranney.
Will Baker, Westlake (Austin, Texas)6-9 | Junior | Center | Uncommitted
District 25-6A MVP led 36-4 Chaparrals to the Class 6A semifinals.Keion Brooks, Fort Wayne North Side (Ind.)6-8 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Averaged 22.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while leading 21-6 Redskins to Class 4A state quarterfinals.PJ Fuller, Garfield (Seattle)6-5 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 17.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game for No. 19 Bulldogs (28-2).Alonzo Gaffney, Garfield Heights (Ohio)6-9 | Junior | Forward | Committed to Ohio State
team All-State selection averaged 18.2 points per game.Juwan Gary, Gray Collegiate Academy (West Columbia, S.C.)6-6 | Junior | Wing | Uncommitted
2A Player of the Year averaged 20.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Led 25-4 War Eagles to Class AA state title.De'Vion Harmon, Guyer (Denton, Texas)6-0 | Junior | Guard | Oklahoma
Co-MVP of District 6-6A averaged 15.7 points, 5.2 assists and
1.7 steals per game while leading Wildcats into national Top 10 for a stretch.Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)6-8 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Journal Player of the Year led Center Grove to the Class 4A state
quarterfinals, averaging 21.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.D.J. Jeffries, Olive Branch (Miss.)6-7 | Junior | Forward | Kentucky
Ledger first team All-State selection led 25-4 Conquistadors to Class 5A state championship, averaging over 20 points per game.Rylan Jones, Olympus (Salt Lake City)6-0 | Junior | Guard | Utah
Gatorade Player of the Year led 27-0 Titans to the UHSAA Class 5A state title,
averaging 18.6 points, 10.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals.Scottie Lewis, Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.)6-5 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
wing guided Ranney to NJSIAA Non-Public B
Championship game, averaging 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.Kenyon Martin Jr., Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)6-7 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
NBA pedigree, Martin averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds while leading No. 18 Sierra
Canyon (27-4) to the CIF Open Division state championship.Tyrese Maxey, South Garland (Texas)6-3 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Morning News Player of the Year led 36-4 Colonels to the Class 6A state
semifinals, averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.4
steals per game.Isaiah Mobley, Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)6-9 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Open Division Southern Section first team selection averaged 19.9
points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for Eagles
(29-5).Brock Ravet, Kittitas (Wash.)6-1 | Junior | Guard | Gonzaga
Gatorade Player of the Year led 25-1 Coyotes to their second consecutive state
championship, averaging 30.6 points per game.Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)6-9 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Gatorade Player of the Year led 22-3 Stags to their third
consecutive Class 4A-DI state title, averaging 21.9 points, 8.1
rebounds and 2.2 assists.Cassius Stanley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6-5 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 19 points per game to lead Trailblazers to CIF Open Division state title.Isaiah Stewart, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)6-8 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Led No. 17 Lakers (23-4) to their third consecutive GEICO Nationals appearance, averaging 20.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.Anton Watson, Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)6-7 | Junior | Wing | Committed to Gonzaga
Press Class 4A Player of the Year led No. 15 Bullpups into the national
spotlight, averaging 22 points per game and winning the Class 4A state championship.Jalen Wilson, Guyer (Denton, Texas)6-6 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Co-MVP of District 6-6A averaged 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, leading Guyer to 38 wins and the Class 6A state quarterfinals.