Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 3:04 pm  |  25 responses

2012 SLAM HS All-Americans

You’ll say you “knew them when…”

by Ben Osborne / @bosborne17

One of my favorite annual SLAM traditions is here (no, wise asses, it’s not LeBron’s team struggling in the Playoffs): the unveiling of our high school All-Americans. Selecting this year’s team was a collaborative effort amongst several of our editors and writers, and we obviously love the team we’ve built.

The players we think were the five best players in America this past season are, from left to right in the first photo below: Isaiah Austin (who will be attending Baylor next season), SLAM diarist Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Kyle Anderson (also UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) and Jabari Parker (who will be a senior at Simeon Academy in Chicago). Big congrats to all five of them!

Click through the gallery for individual pictures of each player, and major thanks to Shirts & Skins for the custom SLAM uniforms and to Jordan Brand for the rest of the gear.

First Team:

Portraits by Trevor Paulhus

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

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  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Isn’t Kentucky already under investigation for Noel?

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    The future of the NBA?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Were the pictures taken in an elevator? lol

  • LA Huey

    Flat top is dope.

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  • G

    T-Ray, Kentucky not under investigation.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Good looking out G.

  • http://Google Shano From The Wickid

    Name the last under classman to make first team? I think Oj mayo

  • http://slamonline.com KD35realMVP

    I love Kyle Anderson but every time I see his pictures he always looks like he just woke up, the future T-Mac in that perspective.

  • http://twitter.com/niyosimba niyosimba

    Looking at the honorable mentions, isnt Wiggins a sophmore?

  • RKJ92

    Jesus Christ Isiah Is Tall Looking Like Im 6’4 And He Makes Me Look Like A Midget :-|

  • http://www,slamonline.com S-Mills

    Jabari Parker is going to be real good for a real long time.

  • http://twitter.com/soulonice6 Kenny

    Marcus Smart is going to Okie State, not Oklahoma. He and LeBryan Nash are going to be a tough combo in Stillwater next season.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Julius Randle only honorable mention? Gabe York and Perry Ellis were snubbed. Jabari Parker gotta show out now after SI cover saying he best since LBJ. No pressure.(ha). Kansas will still own Big 12, though UCLA will be scary come tourney time.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Anthony Bennett commited to UNLV didn’t he? Bennett & Moser could be fun to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    Jabari Parker – half Tongan half Black! Unbreakable and athletic!

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    the most boring picture i have seen in a while.
    Slam is really saving expenses in the photo department.
    Havent seen a lot from these guys but dont even see montrezl harell in any of the lists. And he is my favorite highlight reel high school player.
    And lebryan nash must be the fakest real name ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Kenny: you are right on Smart, we’ll make a correction next issue.
    @TheWhiteMarkPrice: was there a black Mark Price? You gotta say who you’d kick off the list if you keep talking about guys who were snubbed. And yes, Bennett>UNLV, but he committed after we closed the issue.
    @niyosimba: yes, that’s why it says he’ll be a hs junior next season.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    @Ben, Gabe York over Daniel House, and Ellis over Wiggins. Wiggins is special but he was only a soph, give it to upperclassmen(jr & sr). Wiggins time will come. The name is an inside joke that stems from a brutal game of h.o.r.s.e. for beer with my roomies.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    @Ben, it was either that or JamesWorthysBeerGoggles.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    @Ben, how can a cat get a Slam HS AA throwback? Like Anthony Davis orDerrick Rose, John Wall etc?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @TheWhiteMarkPrice: Thanks for the feedback. I definitely think Wiggins belongs on here. York over House is a fair argument. As for a throwback…You mean the jerseys?? Those are pretty much one of a kind and given to the kids at the shoots over the years. If there’s ever been an extra a staff member has them. We’re gonna give away an pair of shorts from this year’s shoot this week (probably on Twitter), but I don’t think we’ve ever had a spare jersey.

  • http://fella1hoops.com fella1hoops.com

    Jabari Parker is not the next Lebron James, UCLA will be fun to watch. Nerelens Noel and UK is not Anthony Davis and last year’s team, let’s get that straight now.

  • Sean

    What Jordans are those?

  • Nate

    How is Aaron Gordon not on this list??