LeBron James, Junior, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary's
(National Player of the Year)
Averages: 29.1 ppg., 8.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists. 53% FG, 32% 3-pt. FG, 60% FT
Biggest Game: 43 points against Detroit Redford; 36 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Oak Hill.
Honors: numerous national player of the year awards including Parade All-American POY, Mr. Basketball in Ohio as a sophomore, Sporting News Sophomore of the Year last season.
Coach Dru Joyce: "I think the God given gift that he has with his size, speed, court vision and basketball IQ doesn't come around very often and the scary thing is defensively he's just not there yet. Once he makes up his mind to be as good defensively as he is offensively the sky is the limit for the kid."
Chris Bosh, Senior, Dallas (Tex.) Lincoln
College Choice: Georgia Tech
Averages: 20.3 ppg., 8.9 rebounds, 3 blocks (high of 11), 45% 3-pt. FG, 67% FT
Biggest Game: Against Cedar Hill had 16 points, 14 rebounds, 7 blocks and 6 assists in a win.
Honors: McDonald's All-American, Parade All-American, finalists for Texas state player of year, plays for nation's top ranked team.
Coach Leonard Bishop: "The kid is going to be a lottery pick, there's no doubt. As to when, it might be after his freshman year or after his sophomore year but not any later than that. He's just that good. He's solid, has a lot of athleticism and works hard. He's 6-10 and you can't teach that."
Paul Davis, Senior, Rochester (Mich.) High
College Choice: Michigan State
Averages: 29.7 ppg., 13.8 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, 85% FT, 55% FG, 3.2 assists
Biggest Game: Scored 37 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in win over Flint Northern
Honors: McDonald's All-American, Naismith finalist, EA Sports All-American, over 1,500 career points
(broke ankle late in the season and will miss post-season all-star games)
Coach Hal Commerson: "He just keeps getting better. Depending on his summer and his fall, I expect he'll be able to help Michigan State right away."
Raymond Felton, Senior, Latta (S.C.) High
College Choice: North Carolina
Averages: 29 ppg., 8.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 3.8 steals, 52% FG, 43% 3-pt. FG
Biggest Game: Scored 42, including 6 3s in a row, in win over Mount Zion at the Dell Curry Shootout
Honors: McDonald's All-American, Two-time state player of year, Naismith finalist, Wooden finalist, Parade All-American, SI Student Athlete of the Year finalist, all-time leading scorer in South Carolina history with over 2,600 points.
Coach Steve Smith: "I could probably coach another 20 years and not get another player of that caliber in my program. He combines a great attitude along with his court skills. If the competition level goes higher, he goes right with it.
Carmelo Anthony, Senior, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy
College Choice: Syracuse
Averages: 21.7 ppg., 7.4 rebounds, 46% 3-pt. FG, 58% FG, 71% FT
Biggest Game: Scored 34 and grabbed 13 rebounds in a win over St. Vincent-St. Mary's.
Honors: McDonald's All-American, Naismith finalist
Coach Steve Smith: "He's right there with the best we've had: Jerry Stackhouse, Ron Mercer, Steve Jackson. He's as good as all of them. He doesn't have any weaknesses on offense."
Amare Stoudemire, Senior, Orlando (Fla.) Cypress Creek: Despite the turmoil entering the season, he posted huge numbers and kept his focus throughout the year.
Jason Fraser, Senior, Amityville (N.Y.) High: Consistently was a dominant player who impacted games, especially at the defensive end for nationally ranked Amityville.
Daniel Horton, Senior, Cedar Hill (Tex.) High: MVP of the Slam Dunk To The Beach and helped Cedar Hill to a 24-game winning streak.
Jackie Butler, Junior, McComb (Miss.) High: Averaged nearly a tripled-double (25 points, 17 rebs., 9 blocks) in helping his team to a 25-game winning streak.
Hassan Adams, Senior, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester: Against a national schedule, he proved to be a warrior for the Comets and is the heart and soul of team of team loaded with Division I players.