Monday, June 1st, 2009 at 12:00 pm  |  39 responses

SLAM HS All-Americans

The best kids in the land…

by Ben Osborne

Before we get to the new issue (which is kind of like an old issue, but newer and cooler—you guys will find out tomorrow afternoon!), I wanted to do one more big post related to our current issue (which all US subscribers should have by now, and which all newsstand buyers should definitely have bought by now, especially since it’s not as, um, on point as of late Saturday night.)

Besides the great cover (which I will self-mock later today), a big draw to the issue is our annual High School All-American team. Compiled by myself, Aggrey and Ryan (with major nods to all the great scouting services and All-Star Games out there), we selected three boy’s teams plus Honarable Mentions, and two girl’s team plus honorable mentions. This team is SLAM’s group decision, as opposed to Aggrey’s rankings (’09), (’10), (’11), which will be updated for a final time this week. While we certainly have his back, ultimately his rankings just reflect his opinion.

The big draw is always our boy’s first team, who we again shot, this time in beautiful “faux-action” portraits by our man Jeff Harris. I built a fresh little slide show out of Jeff’s pictures of the guys on that first team. Please click here to view the slideshow and our first-team players:

The other players we honored (albeit not with the sweet photo shoots) broke down like this (Player, Height, HS, Town, State, College choice—where applicable, and updated in some cases since issue came out):



Kenny Boynton, 6-3, PG/SG, American Heritage School, Plantation, FL, Florida

Avery Bradley, 6-3, PG/SG, Findlay Prep, Henderson, NV, Texas

Jordan Hamilton, 6-7, SF, Dominguez HS, Compton, CA, Texas

John Henson, 6-10, PF, Sickles HS, Tampa, FL, North Carolina

Renardo Sidney, 6-10, SF/PF/C, Fairfax HS, Los Angeles, CA, Mississippi State


Dominic Cheek, 6-6, SG/SF, St. Anthony HS, Jersey City, NJ, Villanova

Abdul Gaddy, 6-3, PG, Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, WA, Washington

Ryan Kelly, 6-10, PF, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC, Duke

Brandon Knight, 6-3, PG, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL, HS Senior

Michael Snaer, 6-5, SG, Rancho Verde HS, Moreno Valley, CA, Florida State


Harrison Barnes, 6-6, SF, Ames HS, Ames, IA, HS Senior

Keith Gallon, 6-9, C, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA, Oklahoma

Michael Gilchrist, 6-7, SF, St. Patrick HS, Elizabeth, NJ, HS Junior

Milton Jennings, 6-9, PF, Pinewood Prep, Summerville, NC, Clemson

Wally Judge, 6-9, PF, Arlington Country Day, Jacksonville, FL, Kansas State

Jared Sullinger, 6-8, PF/C, Northland HS, Columbus, OH, HS Senior

Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Tilton School, Tilton, NH, UConn

Daniel Orton, 6-10, C, Bishop McGuinness HS, Oklahoma City, OK, Kentucky

Mason Plumlee, 6-11, PF, Christ School, Arden, NC, Duke

Thomas Robinson, 6-8, PF, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH Kansas

Joshua Smith, 6-9, C, Kentwood HS, Covington, WA, HS Senior

Dexter Strickland, 6-3, PG/SG, St. Patrick HS, Elizabeth, NJ North Carolina

Dante Taylor, 6-8, PF, National Christian Academy, Fort Washington, MD, Pitt

Maalik Wayns, 6-1, PG, Roman Catholic HS, Philadelphia, PA, Villanova

Royce White, 6-7, SF/PF, Hopkins HS, Minnetonka, MN, Minnesota



Kelsey Bone, 6-5, C, Dulles HS, Sugar Land, TX, South Carolina

Skylar Diggins, 5-8, PG, Washington HS, South Bend, IN, Notre Dame

Brittney Griner, 6-8, C, Nimitz HS, Houston, TX, Baylor

Monique Oliver, 6-3, C, Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, CA, USC

Cokie Reed, 6-4, C, Midway HS, Waco, TX, Texas


Tayler Hill, 5-10, PG/SG, South HS, Minneapolis, MN, Ohio State

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, 5-11, PG/SG, Williams HS, Alexandria, VA, North Carolina

Shenneika Smith, 6-1, SG/SF, St. Michael Academy, New York, NY, St. John’s

Markel Walker, 6-2, SF, Schenley HS, Pittsburgh, PA, UCLA

Destiny Williams, 6-3, PF/C, Benton Harbor HS, Benton Harbor, MI, Illinois


Mariah Chandler, 6-2, SF/PF, SW Atlanta Christian, Atlanta, GA, Baylor

Kelly Faris, 5-11, PG/SG, Heritage Christian School, Plainfield, IN, UConn

Nikki Green, 6-5, PF/C, Diboll HS, Diboll, TX, Penn State

Jasmine Hassell, 6-2, PF/C, Wilson Central HS, Lebanon, TN, Georgia

Taber Spani, 6-1, PG/SG, Metro Academy, Olathe, KS, Tennessee

DeNesha Stallworth, 6-2, PF, Pinole Valley HS, Richmond, CA, Cal

Morgan Stroman, 6-2, SF Lower Richland HS, Hopkins, SC, Miami

Joslyn Tinkle, 6-3, PF, Big Sky HS, Missoula, MT, Stanford

Morgan Toles, 5-9, PG, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, GA, Auburn

Shanay Washington, 6-1, SG/SF, Del Valle HS, Del Valle, TX, Baylor

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    We have to post photo galleries like this more often. Thanks Ben!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Congrats to Tayler and Royce. Great kids, better games.

  • Great Balls O’Fire

    cosign Myles. Tayler and Royce are superb.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Noticed that the Girls First-Team has no1 going to Uconn or Tenn. is that a first??

  • Diesel

    This just reminded me how ridiculous kentucky will be next year.

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  • french toast

    Lance Stephenson over Kenny Boynton that is rude !!!

  • french toast

    and Avery Bradley (sorry see previous comment)

  • Stan

    There’s a 6-8 high school girl, wow.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    french toast- Lance is better than Boynton and Avery. Stan, Brit Griner is a beast. Diesel, Kentucky will be loaded, but not as good as people are saying. Their chemistry is going to suck for a while

  • http://http//www.youtube.com The Promise

    @Justin Walsh: What about when they find the chemistry, bout halfway thru the year? They gonna destroy everybody. 2010 Championship game: UK vs. Kansas. UK wins. (:

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    The Promise… you’re saying you know they find chemistry halfway in? They are loaded at 1 position (PF). They are going to start Patrick Patterson, so then Demarcus Cousins will move to 5. Then Orton, who was a Kentucky guy before Cousins will be on the bench. You will have 3 1st round talents at the same position, and those are 3 distinctly different personalities. Also, Jodie Meeks…If he comes back, he will want to make sure he can still average 22PPG. Where are all those shots going to be with John Wall, himself, Patrick Patterson, D. Cousins, Daniel Orton… Not to mention this- John Wall isn’t the only 5 star PG they signed. They also signed Eric Bledsoe. Yeah, it’s a “great problem to have,” but the issue is that all their TOP prospects for this class are in 2 positions. John Wall & Bledsoe (PG) and Cousins and Orton (PF). So in reality, you’re only going to see major minutes out of TWO of those four 5 star guys. This isnt the fab five where they are all at different positions. They are at 2 positions. Also at one of the positions, they ALREADY have a SOLID PF (Patterson). And again, where do you get all these shots for these all americans if Jodie Meeks is only coming back if he can average his 22 PPG. Tell me where we find that.

  • Diesel

    In fairness, Orton and Cousins are both centers at the college level, so there is no log jam at the 4. Your starting 5 would be:
    PG – Wall; Bledsoe backup
    SG – Meeks; Hood backup
    SF – D Miller; Liggins backup
    PF – Patterson
    C – Cousins; Orton backup
    I think that line up would work well with no real log jam at any position

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Diesel, in fairness they are not. Cousins is not a center. Neither is Orton. They are also not tall enough to be a center. They are both PF’s. They will both be PF’s in college. They will both be PF’s in the NBA. I don’t care what Rivals listed them as on their bs scouting reports. No scout I’ve spoken with or interacted with has said Orton is a center. Nobody I’ve spoken with in the industry seriously says Cousins is a center. He likes playing outside far too much.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    but either way Diesel, there is still a problem of how Meeks can average 22 PPG with John Wall still having enough touches to be a one and done, all the while Cousins expecting to do the same and Orton expecting to be a big part of the offense, PLUS Patrick Patterson CLEEEARLY is the main big man in the offense, or he would not have returned. Even if there was no log jam, there’s not enough touches to go around.

  • http://http//www.youtube.com The Promise

    @Justin Walsh: WTF are you talking about? Orton is the 4th ranked center (notice how i said CENTER, not POWER FORWARD.) in the nation, according to rivals.com, and Cousins played both the 4 and 5 in high school and he will play both in college. Who’s gonna beat them? It will work, dont you worry. All the haters will soon be quited. And for your information, Jodie is not a ballhog, if thats where you’re gettin at. Who else on the team could help him last year, aside from Patterson? Billy G set every play up for him and Pat, so it would be hard not to get 22 a game. He will get his, while opening the rest of the players up. The problems are for the teams that play Kentucky, cause’ they wont be able to guard all of them. Tell me how you gameplan for a starting 5 that has possibly 3 all-american candidates? You dont. You just sit back and hope they miss enough shots to keep them in the game. If Kentucky is not as good as people are saying, then tell me who is gonna beat em?

  • Diesel

    Justin I said they’re centers at the college level. I don’t care how much you like to shoot from the outside, if you’re 6’10″ and don’t weigh under 200 pounds (Daye) you’re a center at the college level. I agree they’ll both probably move to the 4 at the next level. Meeks will play within the system. He scored 20 a game this year and he saw it didn’t help his draft stock much. Winning will.

  • LilKDub

    Where are the signature jerseys? Cutbacks or something? The first team ALL-AMERICA is deserving of something.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Diesel. No. He’s not a center. I think you just simplified the hell out of two all americans.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Hmmm yes, no custom uni’s?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Our man Nando Dibiase, who made the jerseys in the past, pretty much went missing. I think his mother is ill, and we wish he and his family the best. We still hope he surfaces to get the kids jerseys. We reached out to a few other folks but it was way too late. Bottom line: good chance these kids still get jerseys, and next year’s kids will definitely get jerseys (albeit most likely from a new manufacturer). The economy and cutbacks have certainly affected us, but this is NOT an example of that.

  • Diesel

    Justin do you watch college basketball? Big 4′s are moved to the 5 all the time. Tyler Hansborough isn’t a center either but he played one on TV. Neither is DeJuan Blair, Luke Harangody, or Jordan Hill, but they all played the position in college. There aren’t enough back to the basket 7 footers lying around to have those guys play the 4 on a constant basis.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    wheres SIVA?

  • http://http//www.youtube.com The Promise

    Its’s aight, me and Diesel know what we talkin bout. Kentucky gonna run the show the next year, and they aint nobody can do nothin about it.

  • Quail

    seriously. Jodie doesnt care about getting 22 a game. if he did, he wouldnt have came back. he knows hes not gonna get enough shots with wall and cousins and everyone else. im sayin final 4 at the least if we can get the least bit of chemistry. its gonna be a good year for us UK fans. i can see it.

  • James

    skylar diggins=sexi3st basketball player ever

  • Justin

    Kentucky will be good, although that program has hit an all-time low. Even if they win 30+ games, which is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h, they have still become a laughing stock to UNC fans. And how the hell (other than old fashion SLAM jock riding) did Lance make the 1st team??? You have been around too long SLAM, it is time to raise your standards. Horrible selection.

  • Justin

    Kentucky will be good, although that program has hit an all-time low. Even if they win 30+ games, which is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h, they have still become a laughing stock to UNC fans. And how the hell (other than old fashion SLAM jock riding) did Lance make the 1st team??? You have been around too long SLAM, it is time to raise your standards. Horrible selection.

  • Justin

    @Justin Walsh – please refrain from making comments on hs big men and what they will play in college. Don’t know who you have been watching, but any and all 3 of them can and will at some point play the 5 in college. Watch ball much Mr. Walsh?

  • http://deleted hillbilly

    As ridiculously overstocked with young talent as UK is, right now (with or without Meeks), I just don’t see them cutting down the nets in 2010. And while I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an Elite Eight or Final Four appearance for this year’s squad, I think it’s gonna take Calipari at least two or three seasons to get the Cats back to the promised land.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Nice answer in the vein of Obama’s tenure for “Transparency” Ben. Goodwill to Nando Dibiase just the same in his life going forward, and I assumed it was about the economy too, but the fact proves better than any easy assumption.


    At the end of the day I think Avery Bradley will go down as the best player in this class. I love John Wall but Bradley brings a defensive toughness rarely seen in high-school or college players. He wont leave for the NBA after one year either he is a combo guard now who will eventually develop into a polished point guard. Did i mention he won the Mc Donald’s All-American dunk contest. Get your popcorn ready!!

  • Quail

    I would piss myself if Calipari got Wall and Cousins to stay one more year.

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