Student Sports Boys Basketball All-America Teams

Our picks of the best of the best include special mention for juniors, sophomores and freshmen with a first, second and third team of five players only. Our teams are the last ones chosen each season because we include what happened on the court through the end of the season while most other All-America teams base their selections too much on what happened during the summer camp recruiting season. We also will not honor players from programs that accept fifth-year seniors.

First Team

G -- Shannon Brown (Proviso East, Maywood, Ill.) 6-3, Sr.
Michigan State recruit averaged 26.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.5 steals before earning Chicago area Player of Year honors.

F -- LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio) 6-8, Sr.
LeBron, of course, is the National Player of the Year. See below for more info on LeBron's season.

F-- Ndudi Ebi (Westbury Christian, Houston, Texas) 6-10, Sr.
University of Arizona recruit averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2..7 blocked shots for private school power.

F -- Kris Humphries (Hopkins, Minnetonka, Minn.) 6-9, Sr.
Duke recruit was state Mr. Basketball after averaging 25 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and five assists per game.

C -- Kendrick Perkins (Ozen, Beaumont, Texas) 6-11, Sr.
Memphis State recruit led FAB 50 No. 23 Panthers to 33-1 record and state Class 4A runerup spot. He averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds, 10 blocked shots and four assists while shooting 78% from the floor.

Second Team

G -- Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-1 Jr.
Sebastian is our National Junior Player of the Year. See below for more info on Sebastian's season.

G -- Andrew Lavender (Brookhaven, Columbus, Ohio) 5-7, Sr.
Future Oklahoma University point guard led 26-2 record team to second straight state title game and earned state Division I player of year honors.

G -- Chris Paul (West Forsyth, Clemmons, N.C.) 6-1, Sr.
Paul will take his game to Wake Forest after an explosive senior season which included a 61-point outburst. He averaged 31 points, eight assists and six steals a game to earn state Mr. Basketball honors.

F -- Trevor Ariza (Westchester, Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-8, Sr.
The UCLA recruit led the Comets to their second straight state Division I title and was named the state's Mr. Basketball Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. Ariza had to be picked for that honor after scoring 30 points against Leon Powe's team (he had 16) in the state final. He averaged 22 points and eight rebounds with all-around game.

C -- Leon Powe (Technical, Oakland Calif.) 6-8, Sr.
The Show averaged 28 points a game for state Division I runnerup team and will take his game to the University of California.

Third Team

G -- Aaron Brooks (Franklin, Seattle, Wash.) 5-11, Sr.
Washington's top player will take his game to the University of Oregon after leading Franklin to a 25-2 record, state Class 4A title and the No. 10 spot in the FAB 50.

G -- Dion Harris (Redford, Detroit, Mich.) 6-4, Sr.
Michigan's Mr. Basketball averaged 24.8 points and 8.7 rebounds and is headed to the University of Michigan.

F -- Michael Jones (Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass.) 6-4, Sr.
The University of Maryland is the next stop for this all-round state player of the year selection.

F -- Vakeaton Wafer (Heritage Christian, Cleveland, Texas) 6-6, Sr.
This Florida State recruit led the top-ranked Texas private school team in scoring and rebounds in his only season at the school.

C -- Brian Butch (Appleton West, Appleton, Wis.) 6-11, Sr.
The two-time state player of the year averaged 24.0 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. He will stay at home and play for the University of Wisconsin.

Special Mention (Seniors) (20)
Sean Banks (Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J.) 6-7
Vincent Banks (South Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.) 6-3
Brandon Bass (Capitol, Baton Rouge, La.) 6-8
Jackie Butler (McComb, Miss.) 6-10
Brandon Cotton (St. Martin DePorres, Detroit, Mich.) 6-0
Olu Famutimi (Northwestern, Flint, Mich.) 6-5
J.R. Giddens (John Marshall, Oklahoma City, Okla.) 6-6
Ivan Harris (Oak Hill, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-8
Ekene Ibekwe (Carson, Calif.) 6-9
Linas Kleiza (Montrose Christian, Rockville, Md.) 6-8
Paul Millsap (Grambling Lab, Grambling, La.) 6-8
Mike Nardi (St. Patrick's, Elizabeth, N.J.) 6-1
Demetris Nichols (St. Andrew's, Barrington, R.I.) 6-7
Travis Outlaw (Starkville, Miss.) 6-9
Tyler Relph (McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, N.Y.) 6-1
Terrence Roberts (St. Anthony, Jersey City, N.J.) 6-8
Chris Richard (Kathleen, Lakeland, Fla.) 6-8
Lodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach, Seattle, Wash.) 6-5
Ayinde Ubaka (Oakland, Calif.) 6-2
Wesley Washington (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-3

Special Mention (Juniors)
Junior Class All-Americans (20)
Jamar Butler (Shawnee, Lima, Ohio) 6-1
Jameson Curry (Eastern Alamance, Mebane, N.C.) 6-3
Toney Douglas (Jonesboro, Ga.) 6-1
Jamarcus Ellis (Westinghouse, Chicago, Ill.) 6-5
Daniel Gibson (Jones, Houston, Texas) 6-3
Al Jefferson (Prentiss, Miss.) 6-9
Brian Johnson (Bishop O'Connell, Arlington, Va.) 6-9
Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central, Peoria, Ill.) 6-6
Chris Lofton (Mason County, Maysville, Ky.) 6-3
Chris Miles (Timpview, Provo, Utah) 6-10
Ty Morrison (Trevor Browne, Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-5
Anthony Morrow (Latin, Charlotte, N.C.) 6-6
DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo, Calif.) 6-3
Rajon Rondo (Eastern, Louisville, Ky.) 6-1
Ronald Steele (John Carroll Catholic, Birmingham, Ala.) 6-2
Bryce Taylor (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, Calif.) 6-5
Robert Vaden (Pike, Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-6
Darius Washington (Edgewater, Orlando, Fla.) 6-0
Charlie White (Provine, Jackson, Miss.) 5-10
Michael Williams (Wilcox Central, Camden, Ala.) 6-9

Special Mention (Sophomores)
Sophomore Class All-Americans (10)
Jamal Boykin (Fairfax, Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-7
Keith Brumbaugh (DeLand, Fla.) 6-8
Monta Ellis (Lanier, Jackson, Miss.) 6-3
Marcus Ginyard (Bishop O'Connell, Arlington, Va.) 6-4
Kendrick Johnson (Morton, Texas) 6-10
Derwin Kitchen (Raines, Jacksonville, Fla.) 6-3
Tasmin Mitchell (Denham Springs, La.) 6-7
Greg Paulus (Christian Brothers, Syracuse, N.Y.) 6-2
Tyler Smith (Giles County, Pulaski, Tenn.) 6-7
Louis Williams (South Gwinnett, Snellville, Ga.) 6-3

Special Mention (Freshmen)
Frosh Class All-Americans
Jason Bennett (Arlington Country Day, Jacksonville, Fla.) 7-1
Demond Carter (Reserve Christian, Laplace, La.) 5-10
Jervaughn Johnson (Centennial, Compton, Calif.) 6-6
Vernon Macklin (Norcom, Portsmouth, Va.) 6-9
Ramar Smith (King, Detroit, Mich.) 6-3

Student Sports
2003 Season Honors

National Player of the Year: LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio) 6-8

He was our pick last year, too, over Carmelo Anthony, and will be picked ahead of the Syracuse freshman phenom in June's NBA Draft. James, dubbed King James in a Student Sports cover story two years ago, averaged 30.6 points for the season and ended with 2,646 career points, third-best in Ohio prep history.

National Coach of the Year: Robert Hughes (Dunbar, Fort Worth, Texas)

Hughes became the nation's all-time winningest coach with a 1,282-248 won-loss record as Dunbar won its last 35 games and grabbed the state Class 4A crown over previously unbeaten Ozen. The previous national record holder, DeMatha's Morgan Wootten, was the choice for 1998, so this seems like the right year to pick Hughes. He also coached a young team this year, too, as Dunbar had four underclassmen in the starting lineup.

Junior Player of the Year: Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) 5-11

Already a two-time first team all-state selection, he led Lincoln to a state Class A championship, 31-4 record and No. 20 FAB 50 ranking. He averaged 29 points and recorded double digit assists in numerous games.

Sophomore Player of the Year: Monta Ellis (Lanier, Jackson, Miss.) 6-3

Already a two-time all-stater, he averaged 27.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5 assists and 3.1 steals for a 31-4 record state Class 4A runnerup team ranked No. 42 in the FAB 50. He scored 50 in one game.

Freshman Player of the Year: Demond Carter (Reserve Christian, Laplace, La.) 5-10

He led his team to a second straight state Class B title and repeated as a first team all-stater. He averaged 24.7 points and 5.1 assists.

Note: All selections based more on high school accomplishment instead of college or pro potential, which is particularly important with the underclass players.

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