2005 EA SPORTS All Americans

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Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) 6-8 Sr. Forward
There's a good reason why Brockman had to be on this elite squad and that is the seemingly unanimous opinion that he is the player of the year in a state that is loaded this year. After averaging 30.2 points and 14.1 rebounds per game and being named MVP of the Class 4A state tournament, Brockman was picked State Player of the Year by the Seattle Times as well as the Associated Press. The University of Washington recruit had a school-record 51 points for one game. Washington's senior class this year also includes two others who were at the McDonald's All-American Game and another who was at the Roundball Classic.
Mario Chalmers (Bartlett, Anchorage, Alaska) 6-2 Sr. Guard
It's hard to resist all the Super Mario references for what Chalmers has done in Alaska. He's a two-time state player of the year headed to Kansas and recently scored 20 points in the McDonald's All-American Game. He was virtually a one-man team at the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina with outings of 29 points, five steals and three assists; 33 points, 10 steals and two assists; plus 30 points seven steals and four assists. Bartlett was only able to win one game in that tourney and despite Chalmers' dominance was only a fourth-place team in the Alaska state tourney. Still, there's little doubt that Chalmers' quickness and scoring ability at the point guard position will make him an impact player next season at Kansas.
Kevin Durant (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-9 Jr. Forward
The rangy junior power forward led the Warriors in rebounds (9.2 rpg) and was second in scoring (17.8 ppg) while impressing in showcase games late in the season. In a nationally televised 87-51 rout of New Jersey's No. 2 ranked team, St. Patrick's of Elizabeth, the 190-pound Maryland native scored 20 points and collected nine rebounds. In another game, he recorded a quadruple double for the 34-2 record team, which was ranked No. 2 in the Student Sports FAB 50.
Monta Ellis (Lanier, Jackson, Miss.) 6-3 Sr. Guard
The EA SPORTS National Player of the Year capped one of the most prolific high school careers by helping the Bulldogs to a fourth straight state Class 4A title game and second championship in four seasons. The Mississippi State recruit averaged 38.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.5 steals a game for the 35-2 record Bulldogs, ranked No. 3 in the Student Sports FAB 50. The slender guard scored 72 in one game and 46 in the team's last loss in early December to FAB 50 No. 2 Oak Hill Academy. No other player, including LeBron James, has scored as many points against the talent-laden Virginia prep school. Ellis led Lanier to a four-year record of 129-16 while scoring 4,167 points-second best in state history, and a 28.7 per game average. Ellis was the Student Sports' selection as National Sophomore of the Year in 2003. Like other honorees, he is considering the NBA Draft on June 28.
Bobby Frasor (Brother Rice, Chicago, Ill.) 6-3 Sr. Guard
Although he was an All-State selection as a junior, Frasor worked hard to improve his game last summer and it definitely paid off this season. He raised his scoring average by seven points, averaging an even 20 per game for a Crusaders squad that reached the Illinois supersectional. In addition to his scoring prowess, Frasor averaged six assists, five rebounds and also was one of the best perimeter defenders to participate at the Roundball Classic in Chicago. He also played in the McDonald's All-American game and also is a member of the National Honor Society. This two-time all-state pick will take his good grades and solid game to play for national champion North Carolina next season.
Jamont Gordon (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-4 Sr. Guard
The leading scorer for the talent-laden Warriors averaged 18.9 points plus eight rebounds while facing arguably the nation's most challenging schedule. The 225-pound lefthanded second guard was the MVP of the Top of the World Tournament in California and the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon and was a consistent scorer in a balanced attack. Oak Hill (34-2) finished No. 2 in the Student Sports FAB 50, including titles in three invitational tournaments. The native of Nashville, Tenn., is being recruited by home-state Tennessee, Mississippi State and Alabama among others.
Danny Green (St. Mary's, Manhasset, N.Y.) 6-6 Sr. Guard
Green is arguably the most unsung All-American on this year's team, filling the Gaels' stat sheets with uncanny ability and instinct. He averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots per game for a team that spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the FAB 50. The North Carolina recruit helped his team vault to the top of the polls by scoring 24 points as St, Mary's won the title game of the 24th Annual Beach Ball Classic. Green led St. Mary's to 25-1 record, suffering only a two-point loss in the New York Federation playoffs, and played an important role in three of the Gaels' eight straight Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA titles. In addition to his MVP performance in South Carolina, Green was also named East team MVP at the Roundball Classic in Chicago and was also named MVP at last summer's ABCD camp.
Tyler Hansbrough (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) 6-9 Sr. Forward
The North Carolina recruit led Poplar Bluff to a 27-4 record and its second straight Missouri Class 5 state title. In the championship game, Hansbrough made 9 of 12 field goal attempts, 11 of 12 free throws and his 29-point, 16-rebound performance helped end the opponents' 60 game-winning streak. In addition to the team accolades, he helped the Mules achieve, Hansbrough set state records for career field goal percentage (73.1), free throws made (741) and free throws attempted (958). He also was the first ever four-time All-SEMO conference selection, was a three-time All-State selection and scored 2,464 career points, more than twice as much as any player in school history.
Richard Hendrix (Athens, Ala.) 6-8 Sr. Forward
Alabama's Mr. Basketball honoree averaged 22.6 points, 14.9 rebounds and five blocked shots as a senior to cap a four-year career in which he started 139 games for a team coached by his father, Venard. The 255-pound power forward-center scored over 2,900 points, collected over 1,800 rebounds and blocked over 650 shots in the last four seasons. He had over 90 career game double-doubles for points and rebounds. A University of Alabama recruit, Hendrix also is considering his NBA options.
Amir Johnson (Westchester, Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-10 Sr. Center
After being forced to sit out all of last season due to his transfer from nearby Verbum Dei and then missing the first few weeks of this season with an injury, it didn't take long for Johnson to assert himself as the top player in the Golden State. He led Westchester to its third CIF Division I state title in the last four years with a combination of shot-blocking, shot-making and overall floor play. The Louisville signee didn't have to amass huge numbers to lead a team like the Comets, who were No. 4 in the final FAB 50 rankings. Still, in the team's two next-to-last playoff games, he dominated with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks against Clovis West of Fresno and had 24 points and seven rebounds against Fairfax of Los Angeles.
O. J. Mayo (North College Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-5 Soph. Guard
The nation's top 10th-grader led his team to its first state tournament appearance in 16 years as the Trojans won the Ohio Div. III title. Mayo scored 22 points in the title game and averaged 28.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 3.4 steals per game. With three sophomores in its lineup, NCH finished with a 25-1 record and the team has been ranked No. 1 in Ohio in both of Mayo's varsity seasons. Last season's Student Sports National Freshman of the Year also was named Ohio Mr. Basketball this season. He joins current NBA star LeBron James as only the second 10th grader to win the award in the state's rich basketball history.
Josh McRoberts (Carmel, Ind.) 6-10 Sr. Forward
As one of the country's top post players, McRoberts possesses uncanny passing and dribbling skills for a young player his size. The Duke recruit averaged 17.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.9 blocks per game for the Greyhounds this season, leading the team in nearly every statistical category. As a junior, McRoberts averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists per game and was voted all-state three times in his career. McRoberts not only shined against competition in basketball-crazy Indiana, but on a national level as well. He was a standout at the NIKE All-American Camp the last two summers, bringing home MVP honors at the 2004 camp. McRoberts also shined at the Roundball Classic in Chicago and was MVP of the 2005 McDonald's All-American Game, making seven of eight shots from the field, including two three-pointers, while scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
C.J. Miles (Skyline, Dallas, Texas) 6-6 Sr. Forward
Miles is the latest phenom to emerge from the Lone Star State and is the best player the Raiders have produced since former N.Y. Knick and Charlotte Hornet Larry Johnson in 1987. Along with Julian Wright, Miles is one of the most versatile players on this team as he produced averages of 23.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season. He was named the state player of the year by Gatorade and is not only considered the state's top recruit, but also one of the most coveted preps by NBA scouts. His junior season was just as productive as this year as he scored 23.2 points, grabbed 11.2 rebounds, and dished off 3.3 assists per game. This two-time first team all-state selection has signed with Texas.
Tasmin Mitchell (Denham Springs, La.) 6-7 Sr. Forward
Louisiana's Mr. Basketball honoree was a rare four-time all-state performer who scored over 3,500 career points. As a senior, he averaged 26.9 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and 3.5 blocked shots a game. He shot 69 percent from the floor. The Louisiana State recruit scored 52 in one holiday tournament game. Touted by some veteran in-state observers as possibly the best-ever prep player in Louisiana, Denham Springs retired his high school jersey No. 50.
Greg Oden (Lawrence North, Indianapolis, Ind.) 7-0 Jr. Center
The nation's most touted junior and overall big man led the 24-2 record Wildcats to their second straight state Class 4A championship and a No. 5 ranking in the Student Sports FAB 50. The two-time all-stater, and a national Sophomore and Junior of the Year choice by Student Sports, improved his numbers this season with averages of 20 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.7 blocks a game. In the state title game vs. Muncie Central, Oden hit 14 of 19 shots and scored 29 points. For the season, he cashed in on 206 of 305 field goals and 109 of 171 free throws. If analysts are correct, he could be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft.
Greg Paulus (Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, N.Y.) 6-2 Sr. Guard
A starter on the CBA basketball team since eighth grade, Paulus averaged 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game this season. Paulus is easily one of the best pure point guards in the country, a natural leader who also makes those around him better. He gave Duke fans a glimpse of what he can do by scoring 13 points and dishing out nine assists with only one turnover to help the East All-Stars win this year's McDonalds All-American Game. This grid-hoop standout was also a first team All-American in football last fall, becoming the first high school athlete ever named All-American in both sports by EA SPORTS. On the gridiron, Paulus led CBA to a 13-0 record and state Class AA title, passing for a state record 11,760 yards and 152 TDs in the process.
Martell Webster (Seattle Prep, Seattle, Wash.) 6-7 Sr. Forward
It was a disappointing end of the season for Webster as his Seattle Prep team was stunned twice to get knocked out of the state playoffs. Still, it was a much better year than his junior campaign when the Washinton recruit was injured and didn't play all season. Webster averaged 28 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. He had 16 points in the McDonald's All-American Game and is among just a handful of current seniors who are reportedly considering early entry into the NBA Draft.
Louis Williams (South Gwinnett, Snellville, Ga.) 6-2 Sr. Guard
The athletic guard led the Comets to a four-year record of 103-16 and a state Class AAAAA title in 2004. This season, the 28-3 record team was ranked No. 7 in the Student Sports FAB 50 as Williams averaged 27 points, 6.5 rebounds and six assists a game while shooting 85 percent from the free throw line. In a 14-point win over Oak Hill Academy, Williams scored 30 points. Over four years, Williams scored over 3,200 points. He and teammate Mike Mercer committed to the University of Georgia but Williams could opt for the NBA Draft.
Brandan Wright (Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, Tenn.) 6-9 Jr. Center
Only a junior, he has led the Eagles in three straight state Division II tournaments and back-to-back titles. The two-time Division II Mr. Basketball, and three-time state tourney MVP, averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots a game while shooting 63 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line. Ranked No. 2 in the junior class behind Greg Oden, Wright will probably have a college or NBA choice to make in 2006.
Julian Wright (Homewood-Flossmoor, Flossmoor, Ill.) 6-8 Sr. Forward
One of the most versatile players in the country, Wright averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks for a Vikings team that finished with a 27-4 record. Even more impressive than his stats, the Kansas recruit is a great ball-handler for his size, is one of he best on-the-ball defenders in the country, and excelled at all five positions for his high school team. He was recently named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois. His spectacular all-around play helped HF beat national No. 2 Oak Hill Academy, as he sparked the upset win with 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists. His versatility was also evident during the McDonald's All-American game as he finished with 14 points, four assists, and two steals in 17 minutes of play.

 

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