Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 12:55 pm  |  24 responses

2011 SLAM HS All-Americans

The best players in a class full of great ones.

by Ben Osborne / @bosborne17

As our man Michael Gilchrist likes to tweet, “Yes Yes.” For a variety of reasons—the excitement of the kids, the building of relationships that should last well into successful professional careers, the always fly custom SLAM uniforms—High School All-American shoot day has become one of my favorite work experiences of the year. This year had the added excitement/stress of a cover shoot you should have all seen by now, but that was more of a one-off experience. Getting the best high school players in a room to hang out and pose in hard-earned SLAM jerseys is becoming a tradition that I love.

For the fourth straight year, and due largely to the help of the Jordan Brand Classic Event Director Kevin Foley, we got the kids on the Thursday of Jordan Brand Classic week. This year was in Charlotte, but the vibe was the same: happy kids celebrating the honor as their decorated high school careers wind down.

This year’s six-man first team is comprised of, from left to right in the first photo below, Gilchrist, Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis, Brad Beal, Quincy Miller and Marquis Teague. Congrats again, fellas!

Please check out the entire gallery for photos of them in casual gear. As for all the great product, the SLAM unis were made by Shirts & Skins, and the off-court apparel supplied by Jordan Brand. Huge thanks to both companies.

First Team:

Portraits by Kareem Black

Second team, third team and honorable mentions on page two.

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  • http://youtube.com Vongustedt

    Those uniforms are SICK!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Been fortunate to interview just about all these guys over the past year. They represent themselves really well. Excited to see what they do in college, and beyond.

  • T-Money

    why 6 and not 5? kentucky is going to be a problem.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @T-Money: wanted to get all these kids love. We also did six in 2007, which was the last extra-great class (Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo, Kyle Singler, Eric Gordon, Michael Beasley)

  • kz

    will this be made into a wallpaper

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @kz no doubt

  • kz

    tony wroten is an honorable mention???? i guess everyone is entitled to their opinions…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Really good to see y’all didn’t forget about Q. Miller when so many others did.

  • bigslim31

    Austin Rivers could only go to dook. haha what a spoiled brat, douche.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    gangster uniforms.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    For some reason I always thought Austin Rivers was a point guard…

  • Phil

    KENTUCKY baby

  • T-Money

    niq: he will have to be, eventually.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Marquis Teague–any relation to Jeff on the Hawks?

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Teddy – they’re brothers.

  • Jono

    Is there a way we can see the SLAM HS All-Americans from all the previous years?

  • C R

    weird… no hs juniors made this.. also to note: no true center (only 2 pf/c total; christmas and birch)

  • http://www.slamonline.com clutch23

    Rigo their brothers

  • http://www.egay.com eGirl

    austin rivers can suck it

  • eugene

    All got J’s on, Austin Rivers has the coldest ones though.

  • http://www.morethanbasketballmg.net More Than Basketball


  • Bob Swintosky

    Rivers was initially committed to Florida, and Miller was a Kentucky lean — UK and UF could’ve swept the whole 1st team.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman
  • joe

    teague looks short like 5’10