Video: Emoni Bates highlights
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Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the top 50 high school boys basketball players in America.
honorees include NBA stars Bradley Beal (2011), DeMarcus Cousins
(2008 and 2009), Anthony Davis (2011), DeMar DeRozan (2008), Kevin
Durant (2008), Blake Griffin (2007), James
Harden (2007), Kyrie Irving (2010), Kevin Love (2006 and 2007), Derrick
Rose (2006 and 2007), D'Angelo Russell (2014), Ben Simmons (2014 and
Karl-Anthony Towns (2014), Kemba Walker (2008) and Zion Williamson (2017 and 2018).
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
Highlighted by Player of the Year selection Cade Cunningham of Montverde Academy, MaxPreps presents the 2019-20 High School Boys Basketball All-American Team.
Scottie Barnes, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
6-8 | Senior | Wing/Forward | Florida State
The versatile 5-star was an integral piece of the Eagles success this season as his impact went well beyond the box score. Barnes showed the ability to play all five positions this season, averaging 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game on an all-time great Montverde Academy team.
Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
6-8 | Sophomore | Wing | Uncommitted
Continued momentum from last season, averaging 32.4 points, nine rebounds, three assists and 2.2 steals per contest for the 19-3 Railsplitters. Bates made national headlines finishing with 63 points and 21 rebounds in a 108-102 double-overtime win Feb. 18 over Chelsea.
6-6 | Senior | Guard | Oklahoma State
Top-ranked senior prospect averaged 13.9 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles to a 25-0 record. Cunningham is expected to make a major impact next season for the Cowboys, as the potential one-and-done talent has steadily improved his game over his high school career.
Jalen Green, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
Narrowly edged out for Player of the Year honors, Green nonetheless had an incredible senior year averaging 31.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists per contest to lead the Crew to the No. 7 spot in the final Top 25. The top unsigned prospect finished his career with 3,299 points.
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Gonzaga
Suggs quest of a fourth consecutive state title at Minnehaha Academy was cut short after state tournament player was canceled this season. The two-sport star was recently named Minnesota Mr. Basketball after finishing a tremendous four-year career that included 2,945 points, 883 rebounds and 735 assists in 154 career games.
6-6 | Senior | Guard | Kentucky
After transferring for his senior season, Boston dominated a tough national schedule and proved why he's one of the game's top prospects. The elite shooter averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game to lead the Trailblazers to a No. 15 national rank.
Greg Brown III, Vandegrift (Austin, Texas)
6-9 | Senior | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 10 senior prospect averaged 26.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.1 assists per game, while knocking down 86 3-point attempts at a 38 percent clip. Brown finished a spectacular four-year career with 3,007 points, 1,493 rebounds and 427 blocks in 121 games.
Captured Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors, averaging 17.7 points and 10 rebounds per game. Dickinson was a consistent force in big games, headlined by a dominant 28-point effort against top-ranked big man Evan Mobley and Rancho Christian in a win at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.
Deivon Smith, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
6-0 | Senior | Guard | Mississippi State
the Rams as high as No. 2 in the national rankings, finishing the
season 30-2 after falling in the GHSA Class AAAAAAA state title game.
The explosive guard averaged 17.3 points, 8.4 assists, 8.2 rebounds per
game and 3.2 steals per contest.
Cam Thomas, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
6-4 | Senior | Guard | LSU
The program's all-time leading scorer averaged 31.5 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest. Thomas guided the Warriors to the No. 6 ranking, winning MVP of the 'Iolani Classic and Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.
Reece Beekman, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
6-3 | Senior | Guard | Virginia
the Hornets to a fourth consecutive state title, averaging 19.7
points, 9.9 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 2.2 steals per game.
Beekman finished a productive four-year career with over 2,000 points,
900 rebounds and 900 assists.
Nimari Burnett, Prolific Prep
6-3 | Senior | Guard | Texas Tech
Chicago native played a key role in Prolific Prep's best season, averaging 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per
contest. Burnett is expected to make an immediate impact in the Big 12
6-0 | Senior | Guard | Illinois
16.7 points, 8.1 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game to lead
the Crusaders to the No. 10 national ranking. Curbelo
finished out a strong four-year career at Long Island Lutheran with a
95-10 record and one State Federation title.
6-1 | Senior | Guard | North Carolina
the Crusaders season was ravaged by injuries, Davis continually played
at an elite level against a tough national schedule. The future Tar Heel
averaged 26.5 points, eight rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals per
game and finished his career as Westchester County's all-time leading
scorer with 2,446 career points.
Patrick Baldwin Jr., Hamilton (Sussex, Wis.)
6-9 | Junior | Wing | Uncommitted
guided the Chargers to the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals before
the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. The No.
3 ranked prospect from the Class of 2021 averaged 24.2 points, 11 rebounds and
4.2 assists per game.
Times Player of the Year averaged 22.7 points, 11 rebounds, four
assists and two blocks per game to lead the Fighting Irish to the WIAA
Class 3A state title game. The No. 4 prospect in the
junior class, Banchero made a strong case for the top spot with his
play this season.
His junior season was highlighted by a 62-point game in which he led
his team back from a 21-point deficit to defeat Cathedral Catholic (San
Diego) 85-84 in overtime. He also had 11 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and four steals that game. The 5-star guard averaged 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.
6-11 | Senior | Center | USC
The No. 2 recruit in the nation by 247Sports, Mobley led the Eagles to a
22-8 record playing a national schedule. He averaged 20.5 points, 12.2
rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game and produced 45 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 96-47 victory over Orion International.
DJ Steward, Whitney Young (Chicago)
6-3 | Senior | Guard | Duke
The Sun-Times Player of the Year averaged 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game to lead the Dolphins to the Class 4A section finals before state tournament play was canceled. Whitney Young competed against a challenging national schedule, including trips to the City of Palms and Beach Ball classics.
Zed Key, Long Island Lutheran
6-7 | Senior | Forward | Ohio State
Provided a consistent post presence for the Crusaders, averaging 18.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. The future Buckeye showed his ability to perform at a high level against elite talent, headlined by a 25-point and 12-rebound effort in a signature win over nationally ranked Sierra Canyon.
Caleb Love, Christian Brothers (St. Louis)
6-3 | Senior | Guard | North Carolina
Top 20 senior prospect averaged
26.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals per outing to
guide the Cadets to the MSHSAA Class 5 state semifinals before
postseason play was canceled. Love is expected to make an immediate impact next season in the ACC for the Tar Heels.
Day'Ron Sharpe, Montverde Academy
6-10 | Senior | Center | North Carolina
Eagles only true post presence was the team's second leading scorer and
leading rebounder, averaging 12.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest
while seeing 19 minutes of action per game. Sharpe was also the
Eagles most efficient scorer, shooting 67 percent from the field.
Jaden Springer, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Tennessee
missing a handful of games due to injury, Springer averaged 17.4
points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while playing though a
sprained ankle. Springer led the Ascenders to
the No. 19 ranking.
6-0 | Senior | Guard | Butler
Dorman's all-time leading scorer, finishing his career with 1,874
points. Tate led the Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive state
championship, averaged 14.9 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per
game. Dorman finished the season ranked No. 2.
6-9 | Junior | Forward | Uncommitted
Averaged 23.2 points, 14.2 rebounds and 8.7 blocks per game to lead the Lynx to the Division II Class A state title.
Josh Christopher, Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.)
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 29.2 points, eight rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game to lead the Monsoons to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.
6-8 | Senior | Forward | Duke
Top 50 senior prospect averaged 22.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.4
assists per game to lead the Titans to the VISAA Division I state
6-9 | Senior | Forward | West Virginia
Averaged 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and two blocks per game, leading the Irish to a 22-9 record against a national schedule.
6-1 | Senior | Guard | Baylor
Led the Mavericks to the UIL Class 6A regional semifinals, averaging
34.2 points, 5.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
6-6 | Senior | Wing | Kentucky
Top 50 senior prospect averaged 20.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks
per game to lead the Wolverines to the MSHSAA Class 4 state semifinals before postseason play was canceled.
Dawson Garcia, Prior Lake (Minn.)
6-11 | Senior | Forward | Marquette
Minnesota Mr. Basketball finalist averaged 31.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest, guiding the Lakers to a 19-8 record.
6-9 | Senior | Forward | Clemson
Guided Cavaliers to the No. 2 ranking, averaging 14.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
6-5 | Senior | Wing | Denver
Led the Wildcats to first state title since 2015, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds per contest.
7-0 | Junior | Center | Uncommitted
The No. 2 prospect in the junior class had a big-time year headlined by 9 points, 10 rebounds and 12 blocks in a signature win over Sierra Canyon.
6-6 | Senior | Forward | Butler
Michigan Mr. Basketball averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5.9 assists, three blocks and three steals per contest to lead the Tigers to a 20-2 record.
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Indiana
Averaged 18.5 points per game to lead the Panthers to an unbeaten record before postseason play was suspended. Bloomington South finished the season ranked 22nd.
6-6 | Senior | Guard | Houston
Guided the Gators to the UIL Class 6A state semifinals before state
tournament play was suspended. Mark averaged 29.3 points, 6.4 rebounds,
3.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
Adam Miller, Morgan Park (Chicago)
6-4 | Senior | Guard | Illinois
Sun-Times first team all-area selection averaged 27.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.3 steals per contest to lead the Mustangs to the IHSA Class 3A sectional title game before postseason play was canceled.
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Arkansas
One of the best shooters in the senior class, Moody averaged 10.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range.
6-10 | Senior | Center | Uncommitted
Averaged 14.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per contest to guide
the Lions to the Non-Public B championship game before postseason play
Jeremy Roach, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
6-2 | Senior | Guard | Duke
After missing his junior year due to injury, Roach played a high level for the Panthers averaging 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Samson Ruzhentsev, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
6-7 | Senior | Wing | Florida
Top 50 senior prospect had a strong senior campaign with 19.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game
to guide the Hawks to the No. 11 spot in the final Top 25.
6-1 | Senior | Guard | Oregon
Michigan Mr. Basketball finalist averaged 19.3 points, 7.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game to guide the Buccaneers to a 20-2 record.
Bryce Thompson, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
6-5 | Senior | Guard | Kansas
The 5-star senior prospect averaged 25 points and six rebounds per game to lead the Hornets back to 6A state tournament.
Earl Timberlake Jr., DeMatha
6-6 | Senior | Guard | Miami
Currently ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the senior class, Timberlake had a tremendous senior season to lead the Stags to a No. 5 rank after winning the WCAC regular season and tournament titles.
6-9 | Senior | Forward | Kentucky
NJ.com Player of the Year averaged 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game to guide No. 16 Camden.
Ziaire Williams, Sierra Canyon
6-7 | Senior | Forward | Uncommitted
After being forced to sit out until Dec. 30 due to transfer rules, Williams produced 28 points in his season debut against Rancho Christian and continued to perform at a high level throughout the year for the nationally ranked Trailblazers.