Paul Selected To McDonald's All-American Team

The McDonald's All-American teams were named Thursday night and WFU signee was included on the team, as expected. The following is a rundown of the McDonald's All-American selections.

THE 2003 EAST BOYS TEAM

ANDREW LAVENDER
Brookhaven High School - Columbus, OH
Guard - 5'7 - 150 Pounds
University of Oklahoma

At 5'7, Andrew might technically be the smallest man on the court but his strong play and will to win make up for that. Lavender is a solid point guard as he involves his teammates first and then takes matters into his own hands if needed. He is extremely quick and has arguably the best handle in this year's senior class. Andrew has led his Brookhaven team to three consecutive District Titles, two Regional and City Championships and a state title in 2002. He averaged 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals a game in the 2002 USA Basketball Festival. He is a two time All-District and three time All-City selection. Andrew will head to Oklahoma to play for the Sooners next season.


CHRIS PAUL
West Forsyth High School - Clemmons, NC
Guard - 6'1 - 170 Pounds
Wake Forest University

Paul averaged 26 points and 8.7 assists per game last year as a junior at West Forsyth. He is ranked as one of the top point guard prospects in the class of 2003. Paul set the school record for most points in a game with 61 earlier this season. He also rattled off a record 50 points in the Frank Spencer Tournament earning him MVP honors. The already talented Demon Deacons of Wake Forest are awaiting the arrival of their gifted point guard. "Chris Paul is as pure a point guard that you can find," said Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser. "He's someone that can not only play well individually, but he also has a generalship that allows him to direct other players to do well. He's very unselfish and a constant leader on the court as well as off." Wake Forest had a solid season this year and will only look to improve with Paul's presence.


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MUSTAFA SHAKUR
Friends Central High School - Philadelphia, PA
Guard - 6'3 - 175 Pounds
University of Arizona

Shakur averaged 18.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, to lead Friends Central as a junior. Shakur was named a finalist for the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, selected to play in the 2002 Sonny Hill All-Star game that features elite high school players from the Philadelphia region, and was named to the 17-and-under All-Tournament team in the 2002 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. He was rated as the consensus No. 1 point guard in the class of 2003, and a consensus top 10 recruit nationally. His local honors include the All-Public second team, All-Friends first team, All-state first team, All-City second team and a Friends League Championship (2001-2002). Shakur will join fellow McDonald's All American Ndudi Ebi at Arizona in the fall.


MICHAEL JONES
Thayer Academy - Braintree, MA
Guard - 6'5 - 195 Pounds
University of Maryland

Michael is a slender but smooth shooting guard out of the talented New England prep school league. At 6'5, Michael has a versatile arsenal that includes a deadly shot and handle. Michael has been consistently ranked as one of the top high school players in country at the guard position with his phenomenal agility. He is a four time All-League and three time All-New England selection. His ability to penetrate to the basket, but also score from the outside makes him a tough match-up for any opponent. The three time CO-MVP of his team is also a Mr. Basketball candidate. Michael will join one of the top recruiting classes in 2003 at the University of Maryland next season.


BRANDON BASS
Capitol High School - Baton Rouge, LA
Forward - 6'8 - 245 Pounds
Undecided

At 6'8, Bass is an athletic power forward with good strength and leaping ability. He averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots a game as a junior in leading his Capitol team to a 29-3 record and to the state regionals before losing in triple overtime. He earned first team All-District and was the lone junior on the 4A All-State first team. He also was named the 4A District MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. After a strong summer circuit, Bass's stock grew in the talented class of 2003. Bass likes the uptempo style of play and is looking for that as he decides where he will end up next fall. He has narrowed his choices down to LSU, Alabama , Miami (FL), USC, Mississippi St. and UConn. All these programs will benefit a great deal with the presence of Bass.


LeBRON JAMES
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School - Akron, OH
Forward - 6'8 - 220 Pounds
Undecided

It is not easy being the most targeted high school senior in the country and still lead your team to the No. 1 ranking. James made his ESPN debut with a stellar performance against then No. 1 Oak Hill Academy as he scored 31 points, pulled down 13 boards and dished out six assists. James has been named Ohio State Player of the Year three consecutive seasons. His passing ability for his size is what sets him apart from other forwards. James can score at will but displays unselfishness as well on the court. James averaged 28.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game as a junior. With remarkable leaping ability and a first step that freezes defenders, James has shown why he is regarded as the No. 1 prep player in the country. LeBron won a state title his freshman year and then lead his team to an undefeated season and a second straight title his sophomore year. LeBron says that college is still an option but most analyst believe he will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft come June.


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IVAN HARRIS
Oak Hill Academy - Mouth of Wilson, VA
Forward - 6'7 - 215 Pounds
Ohio State University

Ivan has stepped it up his senior season at Oak Hill Academy after transferring from Springfield South (OH) to lead his team to a No. 11 national ranking. The 6'8 forward was ranked the second best player in Ohio for three years behind LeBron James. Harris went to Oak Hill because of the high level of competition they play against under Coach Steve Smith. Harris is a talented forward who has a stellar inside-outside game. He took his role as a team player the previous two years in Ohio but wanted to show his true game as a senior. Over the summer, Harris competed in the USA Youth Developmental Festival where he averaged 21.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Harris will be attending Ohio State next fall to join a Buckeye team that has been opening some eyes as of late.


LUOL DENG
Blair Academy - Blairstown, NJ
Forward - 6'8 - 220 Pounds
Duke University

Deng and fellow teammate Charlie Villanueva made up possibly the best 1-2 punch in high school basketball this past season. Deng is consistently ranked as the No. 2 prep player in the country and was named to the USA Today Super 25 Basketball Team. Deng is a versatile player that can play up to four positions on the court. He is a dangerous passer that possesses great understanding of the game. Deng's unselfish play will fit right into Coach K's game plan at Duke. He is a three time All New Jersey Prep State Team selection and a two time MVP of the MAPL tournament.


TRAVIS OUTLAW
Starkville High School - Starkville, MS
Forward - 6'9 - 210 Pounds
Mississippi State University

Outlaw is ranked third nationally among small forward prospects by ESPN.com's Top 100 list. He is a preseason All American due to his stellar junior season when he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, eight blocks and six assists for Starkville High School . He earned All-State honors the past three seasons in Mississippi along with All-City and All-District honors. Outlaw is an exceptional leaper and best known for his athleticism. At 6'9, he runs the floor faster than most guards and at the same time is a lethal shot blocker. Outlaw is staying close to home and joining a talented recruiting class at Mississippi State next season.


CHARLIE VILLANUEVA
Blair Academy - Blairstown, NJ
Forward - 6'10 - 220 Pounds
University of Illinois

Charlie Villaneuva is a versatile player that has the potential to average a double-double every night. His size allows him to shoot over smaller defenders on the outside and his athleticism takes over when he is playing on the blocks. For his size, Villaneuva is an excellent ball handler and passer when running the floor. Villaneuva and fellow teammate Luol Deng teamed up to lead Blair Academy to an outstanding season. Villanueva is a 3 time All-State selection and has accumulated numerous All-Tournament Team selections over the past 4 years. Coach Bill Self and the Fighting Illini will be relieved when Charlie confirms his verbal commitment with a National Letter of Intent.


JACKIE BUTLER
McComb High School - McComb, MS
Center - 6'10 - 255 Pounds
Undecided

As a fundamentally sound post player, Jackie can go both right and left fluently. He has good drop steps, spin moves and accurate right hand-left hand jump hooks. He is also a very effective outside shooter. He averaged 26 points and 16 rebounds a contest as a junior. Jackie has won numerous awards and honors throughout his high school career. He was named All-District in Mississippi, McComb High School 's Most Valuable Player for four consecutive years and holds 10 "All Tournament" titles. As a junior, Jackie was honored by the Clarion Ledger newspaper as Mr. Basketball 2001-2002 in the State of Mississippi . With Jackie's leadership, McComb currently holds a 92-22 record. Jackie will join the top recruiting class of 2003 at Mississippi State next season.


JAMES LANG
Central Park Christian School - Birmingham, AL
Center - 6'10 - 205 Pounds
Undecided

James Lang is a force to be wreckoned with at 6'11 and 305 pounds. Don't let his size fool you though as he is known for his explosiveness around the basket. Lang plays with a tenacity that coaches beg for in a big man as he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game during his junior season. James committed himself over the summer and dropped 70 pounds to become more elusive on the court. He has no problem running the floor and his stamina keeps on improving. Lang has been the MVP at numerous tournaments and is the Rivals.com No. 1 prospect in the Southeast. Lang is an exceptional rebounder especially on the offensive side of the ball.


THE 2003 WEST BOYS TEAM

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AARON BROOKS
Franklin High School - Seattle, WA
Guard - 5'10 - 155 Pounds
University of Oregon

Aaron is the true definition of a point guard. He has outstanding vision and incredible leadership when on the floor. Aaron has a great all around game as he averaged 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.7 steals a game as a junior in leading his team to the regional finals of the state tournament. Aaron was a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that finished 4-1 and earned a bronze medal. Aaron was highly recruited by Mark Few at Gonzaga but decided to join the Ducks at the University of Oregon .


BRANDON COTTON
St. Martin DePorres High School - Detroit, MI
Guard - 6'0 - 175 Pounds
Michigan State University

Brandon is one of the most explosive guards in the class of 2003. His exceptional quickness and first step makes him hard to defend. Although he is a terrific shooter and shooting guard is his best position, at only 6'0, he will most likely be running the offense at Michigan State next season. As a junior, Brandon averaged 28.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals a game while earning All-State and All-Detroit honors. Coach Izzo said, "What I really like about Brandon , however, is that he's played on a winning program and understands the commitment and sacrifice necessary to win." Brandon is lethal with a basketball and also displays excellent range on his jump shot. Brandon will join fellow McDonald's All American Shannon Brown at Michigan State next season.


SHANNON BROWN
Proviso East High School - Maywood, IL
Guard - 6'3 - 190 Pounds
Michigan State University

Brown is a consensus pick as the top shooting guard in the Class of 2003 and a top 15 player in the nation overall. In his junior year, he averaged 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals leading Proviso East High School to a 26-3 record and garnering him four different first team All-State honors as well as receiving All-Conference, All-Region and All-Area honors. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said of Brown, "he combines tremendous athletic ability, good size, great quickness, with the ability to shoot the ball very well." Brown led his AAU team to the National Title in 2001 along with receiving first team All American AAU honors as well. He joins teammate Brandon Cotton and 2002 McDonald's All American Paul Davis at Michigan State next season.


OLU FAMUTIMI
Northwestern High School - Flint, MI
Guard - 6'5 - 210 Pounds
University of Arkansas

Known as a tremendous leaper and crowd pleaser, Famutimi brings some excitement to this year's game. Not only does he have a 42-inch vertical leap but he is the first Canadien-born McDonald's All American. Famutimi is best known for his transition play and mid range jump shot. He is one of many talented prospects that have come from Flint , MI . In his junior season at Northwestern-Edison, Famutimi led the city in scoring at 22.3 points a game and earned himself first team All-League, All-City and All-State honors. Famutimi has averaged a double-double in his sophomore, junior and senior season. He has been ranked as a Top 20 prospect on every recruiting list and was a Mr. Basketball candidate in Michigan this season. He had season highs in points against Midland with 35 and a 21 rebound performance against Beecher . Olu will join the Razorbacks of Arkansas next season.


J.R. GIDDENS
John Marshall High School - Oklahoma City, OK
Guard - 6'6 - 190 Pounds
University of Kansas

At 6'6, J.R. is confident in his game and has the ability to run the point or mix it up on the inside. He is a great rebounding guard and has a knack for taking control of his team when needed. He averaged 25 points and 7.2 rebounds a game last year as a junior for John Marshall High School. Giddens can shoot from anywhere on the court and has a high release on his shot which makes it almost impossible to block. Coach Roy Williams said, "Basketball-wise, he has a big-time flare for the game; he is a runner, jumper and has great athleticism." Giddens is being compared to Kansas alumni Kenny Gregory because of his explosive play. Giddens is the No. 1 rated player in Oklahoma on the No. 1 rated team. He will have no problem fitting into Coach Williams' up tempo style of play.


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VAKEATON WAFER
Heritage Christian Academy - Cleveland, TX
Forward - 6'6 - 210 Pounds
Florida State University

Wafer is one of the deadliest shooters in this year's class. His raw athleticism and proper fundamentals make him a solid all around player. Wafer can shoot off the dribble or spot up and showed this by averaging 32 points a game as a junior. At only 6'5, Wafer still is an aggressive rebounder averaging double digits the past two seasons. Vakeaton has been named to numerous All-Tournament teams this past season along with an MVP performance at the St. Thomas Invitational. Wafer is a Pre Season Player of the Year candidate and a Pre Season All Greater Houston selection. Vakeaton will join former McDonald's All American Anthony Richardson at Florida State in the fall.


LEON POWE
Oakland Tech High School - Oakland, CA
Forward - 6'8 - 240 Pounds
University of California

Powe, who is considered to be the No. 1 player on the West coast and a top 10 player nationally, averaged a double-double for the season as a junior and senior. Leon Powe averaged 29 points and 15 rebounds as a junior and led Oakland Tech to a 28-4 record and to the state Division I title game in 2002. " Leon is a powerful and skilled player," Cal head coach Ben Braun said. "He is mentally and physically tough, and he has been a winner on every team he has played for." Powe was the 2002 and 2003 Oakland Player of the Year. He has also earned numerous tournament MVP honors. The Parade All American led Oakland Tech to a stellar season. Powe will stay close to home and attend the University of California .


KRIS HUMPHRIES
Hopkins High School - Minnetonka, MN
Forward - 6'9 - 230 Pounds
Duke University

Humphries was named the 2002 Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press and was first team All-State as a junior. He was also a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that earned a Bronze medal. Kris has averaged a double-double his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. By his junior year he had tallied single game highs of 44 points, 23 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Humphries led Hopkins High School to its first state title in 49 years in 2002 and ended the season with a 25-2 record. Off the court, he maintains an "A" average in classroom. He will join Luol Deng on Coach K Court at Duke next season.


NDUDI EBI
Westbury Christian High School - Houston, TX
Forward - 6'9 - 195 Pounds
University of Arizona

Ndudi is one of the most versatile big men in the Class of 2003 as his jump shot and post moves are equally as dangerous. Ebi is rated as the No. 3 player in this year's class and will be Coach Lute Olson's highest prospect yet at Arizona next season. Ebi's athleticism and long arms allow him to be a force down on the blocks. He is known for his defense and ferocious blocks. Ebi led his Westbury Christian team to a state title in 2000 and 2001. He has been a first team All-State selection his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Ebi competed in the USA Olympic Festival in 2001 and set festival records in points (139), field goals made (56) and field goals attempted (108). He was also named MVP of the Olympic Festival. Ebi will join fellow McDonald's All American Mustafa Shakur in a Wildcat's uniform next season.


BRIAN BUTCH
Appleton West High School - Appleton, WI
Center - 6'11 - 215 Pounds
University of Wisconsin

In his junior year, Butch was named Associated Press Player of the Year, Fox Valley Association MVP and first team all-conference. Butch also led his team to a 21-3 record, the Fox Valley Association Championship and an appearance in the 2002 Division I State Tournament. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior. He is the highest rated player out of Wisconsin since Sam Okey, who was a 1995 McDonald's All American. At 6'11, Brian not only dominates the paint but can spot up and shoot the jumper. An extremely versatile player, Butch will be expected to play all post positions for the Badgers next season.


DAVID PADGETT
Reno High School - Reno, NV
Center - 6'11 - 240 Pounds
University of Kansas

As one of the premier big men in the class of 2003, David has averaged a double-double each season in his high school career and has earned All-State honors three times. Padgett was a member of the USA Basketball Olympic Festival last summer where he was first in blocks per game (3.0) and field goal percentage (63.4). This year David earned MVP honors at the prestigious Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament to go along with his three time Northern Nevada "AAAA" Basketball MVP honors. Padgett led his Reno team in scoring, rebounding and blocks for the past four seasons. David will join Roy Williams at Kansas next season. Coach William's said, "We really felt like we needed a high-quality post player. He can run like crazy for a big guy. He's got good hands, he's got good touch and he rebounds." Padgett could see major playing time next season with the departure of senior Nick Collison.


KENDRICK PERKINS
Clifton J. Ozen High School - Beaumont, TX
Center - 6'11 - 285 Pounds
University of Memphis

Kendrick is the definition of a low post player. He has a power game that consists of drop steps and up-and-under moves. Perkins uses his size to his advantage as he is a solid rebounder and defender. For a big man he has soft hands and can catch almost anything thrown to him. Perkins has been a three time All-State and All-Region selection. Kendrick has led his Ozen high school team to four consecutive District Championships, one State Championship and a 96-3 record the past three seasons. Kendrick will join an up and coming University of Memphis team this fall.



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