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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 11:05 am  |  14 responses

SLAM 2010 All-Americans

The best high-school ballers in the land…

by Ben Osborne / @bosborne17

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All first-team portraits by Kareem Black / kareemblack.com

One of the biggest highlights of SLAM 139 is undoubtedly our High School All-Americans.

As we’ve tried to do the last few years, we got our top-five together, outfitted them in custom-made SLAM All-American jerseys (this year’s made by the good folks at Dynamic Team Sports in PA) and executed a fresh photo shoot. As those of you who know your famous intersections should be able to tell, this year’s first teamers (from left to right, Perry Jones, Kyrie Irving, Jared Sullinger, Brandon Knight and Harrison Barnes) were shot right in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan.

The guys were in town for the Jordan Brand Classic, and as the official magazine partner of the game, we get a lot of time with the players to execute fresh stuff like this photo shoot (with the invaluable help of Kevin Foley, who handles media relations for the game).

Not surprisingly, the players were honored to make the team, loved the jerseys and got a total kick out of being shot in Times Square, where the onlookers were many and females made it clear that high school seniors are not too young to have groupies coming after them.

How’d they make this esteemed group? By being sick ballplayers who captured the attention and respect of both scouting gurus around the country, as well as of our staff (most particularly, myself, Rodger Bohn, Ryan Jones and Aggrey Sam, all of whom had a “vote” in who we wanted to honor).

Aggrey, who is now covering the Bulls for CSN Chicago, actually cedes his ownership of our full high school rankings to Rodger effective this weekend (we’ll be posting Rodger’s version of top players from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 shortly), but understand that the following lists our best representative of what SLAM thinks about who the best players in America were this past season.

Skip to the second page to see our 2nd-, 3rd- and honorable-mention boys teams, as well as our girls’ teams, exactly as they ran in the magazine, and then keep going to see the 1st-team guys in street clothes…

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  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Good to be present for these sik pics.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    The future of the NBA.

    Staring us all in the grill.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Ahhh, another year another glimpse at some future rookies. I heard the young ladies certainly enjoyed this shoot as it was going down. I’m willing to bet that Perry Jones has practiced for this moment a time or two, he’s looking like a pro poser. Great stuff, guys. These photos make me wish I was in NYC!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I’m actually more excited about next year’s draft then this year’s.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Can’t really argue with you guys’ picks, but I’m still heated there was never a Jereme Richmond article in Punks this year…or last.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Enigmatic, pick up next issue (on site next week, on sale around June 7), which is actually when we bid a final goodbye to the senior class. Aggrey did a real nice piece on Jereme.

  • kwame

    you gonna make a wallpaper of this?

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Didn’t you guys pick LeBron as a first teamer his junior year? Why couldn’t you hook up Mike Gilchrist? Although the picks this year are all pretty frickin good. After all-star games, I can’t say one that I would get rid of. I had a personal list a couple months ago, but then I saw them all play with my own eyes.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @kwame yes

  • Brian

    does a black paper make a photo-shoot official?? haha it looks pretty funky up there

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Thanks, Ed. that just made my day!

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