2006 EA SPORTS Boys All American Team

Darrell Arthur

Darrell Arthur (South Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX) 6-9, Sr., Forward

The Dallas Morning News Player of the Year, the lanky forward with great shot-blocking ability was an all-state selection and the 4A State Player of the Year. He also helped the Golden Bears repeat as Class 4A state champions after scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the 76-58 win over Dunbar of Fort Worth in the state final. He averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and four blocks per game for a 30-7 team, but when it counted most "Slim Shady" stepped up his game.  Arguably the nation's top unsigned prospect, he averaged 28 points and 13.7 boards in the Region II final and the state tourney games and was named 4A State Tourney MVP for the second consecutive season.          

Michael Beasley (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA) 6-9, Jr., Forward

One of only four juniors on the elite 20-man first team, Beasley is a beast underneath and was the talent-laden Warriors' top inside scorer.  For a team that brought in three high-major college prospects off its bench, Beasley averaged just under 19 points per game to go along with 10.3 rebounds.  He helped Oak Hill win a school-record 40 games and the Maryland native collected 21 double-doubles as Oak Hill finished with a No. 3 ranking in the final Student Sports FAB 50 poll.       

Chase Budinger (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad, CA) 6-7, Sr., Forward

California's Mr. Basketball, the high-flying Budinger is only the third player from San Diego and the first since Bill Walton in 1970 to gain the state's top honor as selected by CalHiSports.com. Also the nation's top volleyball player, Budinger's shooting, passing and ball-handling skills along with a 42-inch vertical jump have veteran prep observers in the area also calling him the county's top pro prospect since Walton. He averaged 32.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game and shattered the San Diego Section career scoring record with 2,930 career points, No. 5 on the all-time state list. He led the Mavericks to a section title win a 50-point, 14-rebound performance in a 85-73 win over  Eastlake of Chula Vista and capped off his prep career by scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists in the 2006 McDonald's All-American game played before 11,950 fans at San Diego's Cox Arena. The Arizona recruit was named the game's co-MVP along with fellow EA SPORTS All-American Kevin Durant as the West rolled to a 112-94 win.  

Demond Carter (Reserve Christian, LaPlace, LA) 5-10, Sr., Guard

Despite coming from a small Class C school in the Bayou, Carter is a big-time talent who ended his prep career with 5,748 points, second on the all-time national list behind Greg Procell of Ebarb, who scored 6,702 points at a small Louisiana school between 1967-70.  Carter actually started playing on the Eagles' varsity as a seventh grader and first made national headlines by attending the NIKE All-American camp as a rising ninth-grader. In his six-years on the varsity, he scored 7,254 points, led the state in scoring five times and led Reserve Christian to four state titles. As a senior the Eagles played in some tough out-of-state tournaments and "Tweety" still averaged 30.8 points per game, setting a single-season national record by draining 287 three-pointers in the process. "He is a once-in-a-lifetime player," Reserve Christian head coach Timmy Byrd said of Carter, who will continue his playing career at Baylor University. 
Daequan Cook (Dunbar, Dayton, OH) 6-5, Sr., Guard  
The silky-smooth Cook is not only a high-flyer on the wing, but one of the top pure shooters in the prep ranks.  As a senior, he averaged 25.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists and was named the Ohio Div. II State Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Also a first team All-Ohio selection by the Associated Press, Cook led Dunbar to a 26-2 record (with one loss coming to national No. 1 Lawrence North) and a 73-46 Div. II state finals win over previously unbeaten Wooster Triway.  Arguably the top performer on the national all-star game circuit, the Ohio State recruit nailed five of nine three-pointers on his way to 17 points at the McDonald's All-American game and followed that up with a 18-point, MVP performance at the Roundball Classic in Chicago.

Michael Conley II (Lawrence North, Indianapolis, IN) 6-1, Sr., Guard

He was "Mr. Outside" who teamed with "Mr. Inside," National Player of Year Greg Oden, to lead the Wildcats to three straight state Class 4A titles and 45 wins in a row--both tying state records, and the wire-to-wire FAB 50 No. 1 ranking. The son of an Olympic Gold Medalist in track and field, Conley also showed promise in that sport at a young age and became a black belt in tae kwon do at age nine. The four-year point guard, who is headed with Oden to Ohio State, was noted for his defense and floor play but scored 16.5 points a game along with 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals for the Wildcats. After logging only eight minutes at the McDonald's game, he showed what he could do as a floor general at the Roundball Classic by scoring seven points and dishing off 13 assists – the third highest total in the 42-year history of the event. 

Kevin Durant (Montrose Christian, Rockville, MD) 6-9, Sr., Forward

A two-time EA SPORTS All-American, the versatile University of Texas recruit led the Mustangs to a 20-2 record and a final No. 2 FAB 50 national ranking. He averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots while shooting 55% from the floor and 82% from the free throw line. The Mustangs ended the 56-game win streak of FAB 50 No. 3 Oak Hill Academy, where Durant played as a junior, as the Mustang star led a spirited comeback by scoring 16 fourth-quarter points en route to 31 points.  The 17-year old also solidified his status as the nation's No. 2 recruit behind Oden with a 25-point, MVP performance at the McDonald's All-American game.

Wayne Ellington (Episcopal Academy, Merion Station, PA) 6-5, Sr., Guard

Although the Churchmen were not eligible in the FAB 50 national rankings because of the presence of a fifth-year player on their roster, Ellington and classmate Gerald Henderson are eligible for post-season honors by Student Sports since both meet age and academic requirements. A North Carolina recruit and arguably the nation's top shooting guard prospect, Ellington averaged 21.9 points and 8.3 rebounds for a 27-4 team. As a junior, he averaged 21 points, five rebounds and three assists for a Episcopal team that finished 25-3 with a No. 30 final ranking in the Student Sports FAB 50 national poll. Both Ellington and Henderson participated in this year's McDonald's All-American game and Ellington also shined at the recent NIKE Hoop Summit, making 11 of 16 field goals en route to a U.S. record 31 points as the U.S. Junior National Select Team beat the World Select Team, 109-91.

Spencer Hawes (Seattle Prep, Seattle, WA) 7-0, Sr., Center

Even without graduated EA SPORTS All-American Martell Webster, now with the Portland Trailblazers, Hawes stepped up his game and led Seattle Prep to a state crown.  The Class 3A champions finished with a No. 31 FAB 50 ranking and a 29-3 record and Hawes played a big role in that with his strong post play, shot-blocking and improved outside shooting. The three-year regular, and state Player of the Year, averaged 19.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots a game while shooting 56% from the floor. His uncle Steve went on to play in the NBA and Hawes will continue his career at the University of Washington, where his father Jeff also played.  Most feel he has the ability to follow his uncle's footsteps.

Gerald Henderson (Episcopal Academy, Merion Station, PA) 6-5, Sr., Forward

Although Henderson and prep teammate Wayne Ellington are future rivals on Tobacco Road, the best friends teamed up at Episcopal to form one of the finest duos in prep basketball and are one of three sets of teammates on this year's All-American team.  Henderson, the son of a former NBA player, averaged 21.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Churchmen and finished his prep career with over 2,000 career points. A physical specimen with great leaping ability, the Duke recruit beat hometown hero Chase Budinger in the slam dunk contest at the McDonald's All-American game and scored a team-high 16 points for the East All-Stars.
Damion James (Nacogdoches, TX) 6-8, Sr., Forward  
Maybe it's because he played his prep ball in the oldest town in east Texas halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, but for some reason James is underappreciated on a national level. Most feel he was the biggest snub for this year's McDonald's All-American team, but we didn't forget about him. A four-year standout for the Dragons, James averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds, eight blocks and six assists per game this season for a team that reached the regional quarterfinals and finished with a 22-10 mark.  He led Nacogdoches to 115 wins and four district tiles in his prep career and was a three-time District 17-4A Most Valuable Player.    

Tywon Lawson (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA) 6-0, Sr., Guard

The University of North Carolina recruit ran the show for the Warriors, a team that won their first 40 games this season and pushed their overall win streak to 56 games before bowing in the season finale to Montrose Christian.  In that game Lawson scored a team-high 26 points and many feel he is not only the nation's top point guard this season, but the top lead guard in coach Steve Smith's 20-year stint at the famed boarding school. The sharp-shooting point guard averaged team highs of 23.8 points, 9.0 assists and 5.0 steals a game. This season he shot 63% from the floor and 85% from the foul line and as a junior was Oak Hill's team MVP despite the presence of two EA SPORTS All-Americans. 
Kevin Love (Lake Oswego, OR) 6-10, Jr., Forward  

The versatile forward-center led the Lakers to a 26-3 record and their first state Class 4A championship. The son of ex-NBA player Stan Love averaged 29.0 points and 16.2 rebounds, including a 27-point, 35-rebound performance against perennial California power Compton Dominguez. This season, the player who many feel is the nation's second best junior behind O.J. Mayo became only the second two-time state Player of the Year honoree. The rebounding phenom joins current Indiana Pacer Fred Jones as the only multiple honorees and can become the first three-time selection next season.

O. J. Mayo (North College Hill, Cincinnati, OH) 6-5, Jr., Guard

The National Junior of the Year also was touted for top honors as a freshman and sophomore by Student Sports. The two-time Ohio Mr. Basketball could join Ohio legend LeBron James as the only three-time winner next season. He led the Trojans to its second straight state Division III title and a 26-1 record, bowing only to Oak Hill Academy despite a 43-point effort before 16,000 fans. He averaged 28.8 points, 5.1 assists and 6.1 rebounds and his three-year Trojan log includes 2,033 points. Mayo was a Kentucky all-stater as an eighth grader and also played on the varsity in Bluegrass Country as a seventh-grader. Even more so than player of the year Greg Oden, Mayo is a drawing card and prep fans are already anticipating his appearance on a national stage next year in Louisville at the McDonald's game and in Chicago at the Roundball Classic.  

Vernon Macklin (Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA)  6-9, Sr., Center

One of the best finishers in the Class of 2006, Macklin left Norcom High in Portsmouth to improve his academics and his overall game and he accomplished both goals this season. According to Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts, Macklin displayed marked improvement in his offensive rebounding and overall strength.  Macklin, a true senior who would have been eligible at Norcom or any other public school, averaged 22 points and 15 rebounds per game for a Hargrave team that finished 28-2 and by most accounts was the second best prep school team in the country. As a junior, he paced the Greyhounds with averages of 22.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game on his way to All-Tidewater Player of the Year honors.  Macklin is a no-nonsense type and will continue his career for a coach with similar traits, Georgetown's John Thompson III.   

Greg Oden (Lawrence North, Indianapolis, IN) 7-0, Sr., Center

The National Player of the Year was a four-year standout who helped his teams to a 103-7 record and state record tying marks of 45 straight wins and three consecutive state titles. This season, the Wildcats were 29-0 and a wire-to-wire FAB 50 No. 1 ranked team. The Ohio State recruit averaged 22.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots a game. He shot 74% from the floor and converted 18 straight goals in two consecutive state tournament games. A two-time EA Sports All-American selection, Oden once blocked 18 shots in one game as a junior as is considered the finest true prep center since Shaquille O'Neal in 1989.  Already considered a lock college All-American for the Buckeyes, some even go further and already compare him to all-time prep greats Moses Malone and Lew Alcindor. 
Scottie Reynolds (Herndon, VA) 6-1, Sr., Guard  
Already a local hero in Herndon, Reynolds is one of the best prep players in Northern Virginia history as he finished his career with 2,306 points, second most all-time among AAA players and No. 7 on the all-time state list. As a senior Reynolds averaged 27.1 points per game for the Hornets, who advanced to the AAA state title game before falling to Booker T. Washington of Norfolk in their first finals appearance since 1951. A two-time All-Metro selection by the Washington Post and four-year standout, Reynolds averaged 34.7 points per game as a junior, including outbursts of 53 points against I.C. Norcom and 42 against famed DeMatha of Hyattsville. The first sophomore ever named player of the year in Virginia¹s Northern Region, Reynolds also helped the Hornets compile a 24-4 record as a freshman.

Jon Scheyer (Glenbrook North, Northbrook, IL) 6-6, Sr., Guard

The Duke recruit was a two-time state Mr. Basketball honoree and ended his four-year career with 3,034 points, fourth best in the rich history of Illinois prep basketball. After helping the Spartans win the Class 2A title as a junior, he led Glenbrook North to a 29-3 record and the No. 30 spot in the final FAB rankings as the team faltered in the state quarterfinals against eventual champions Simeon of Chicago. This season, he sported averages of 29 points and four assists while shooting 48% from the floor and 86% from the free throw line and capped his career by playing in the McDonald's All-American game.  Already a prep legend in the Land of Lincoln, Scheyer was named as one of the 100 legends in the 100-year history of the Illinois boys basketball state finals by the Illinois High School Association.  His performance against Proviso West where he scored an unbelievable 21 points in 75 seconds en route to 52 points will also be long remembered.
Alex Stepheson (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, CA) 6-10, Sr., Center  
Arguably the best rebounder in the senior class, Stepheson averaged 20.3 points per game on 65 percent shooting for the Wolverines and broke school rebounding records held by New Jersey Nets' Jason Collins. He broke Collins' single-season mark of 507 boards, which included a binge of 63 during two league games late in the season. He finished the season averaging over 18 rebounds per game and led the Wolverines to three consecutive appearances in the Div. III state tournament. Stepheson also averaged 4.7 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.6 assists per contest and was named to the all-tournament team at The Santa Barbara Classic, Thousand Oaks Tourney, the Ocean View Tournament of Champions and Desert Heat Challenge. The North Carolina recruit capped his prep career with a 16-point, MVP performance at the Roundball Classic in Chicago.

Bill Walker (North College Hill, Cincinnati, OH) 6-6, Jr., Forward

Always considered a top talent nationally, Walker emerged as a legitimate All-American during his junior season playing alongside Student Sports National Junior of the Year O.J. Mayo. He helped the Trojans to a No. 4 national ranking and a second consecutive Ohio III state title with a 90-73 win over Villa Angela-St. Joseph of Cleveland while being named MVP of the state tournament with averages of 22.5 points per game, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. The Huntington, West Virginia native, a fierce rebounder and the best dunker in prep basketball, also shined in games in which Mayo missed due to injury or suspension and has climbed as high as No. 2 on some Class of 2007 national recruiting lists behind his long-time friend.

Brandan Wright (Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN) 6-9, Sr., Forward

A two-time EA SPORTS All-American, Wright scored 2,662 points as a four-year regular for head coach George Pitts. Wright, considered one of the nation's top five overall college prospects, led the Eagles to a state record fourth straight state Division II title this season. He was named tourney MVP all four years and became the first three-time state Mr. Basketball honoree. As a senior, he led Brentwood Academy to a 34-2 record and the No. 9 spot in the final FAB 50 national poll with averages of 22.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and five blocks.  Unselfish nearly to a fault, Wright shot 63% from the floor as a senior and last summer recorded the highest SPARQ Rating (91.06) at the NIKE All-American Camp. He will continue his career at the University of North Carolina as part of arguably the nation's finest recruiting class.

Thaddeus Young (Mitchell, Memphis, TN) 6-8, Sr., Forward

Young was a four-year standout for the Tigers who led his team to a 31-7 record and state Class AA runner-up spot this season. On the year, the versatile talent averaged 27 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots a game.  Career-wise, he scored 2,940 points for Mitchell. Young not only shines on the hardwood, but also in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society. One of the nation's top finishers, he once shattered a backboard during a school pep rally and also shattered the dreams of many college coaches who coveted his services.  Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech is the lucky man who will coach him on the next level where he should be on of the ACC's top first-year performers next season.

(30 players listed alphabetically)

G -- D.J. Augustin (Hightower, Missouri City, Texas) 6-0, Sr.
G -- Jerryd Bayless (St. Mary's, Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-3, Jr.
G -- Patrick Beverley (Marshall, Chicago, Ill.) 6-0, Sr.
F -- Louis Birdsong (Mount St. Joseph, Baltimore, Md.) 6-6, Sr.
G -- Jawan Carter (The Tatnall School, Wilmington, Del.) 5-11, Sr.
F -- Earl Clark (Rahway, N.J.) 6-1, Sr.
G -- Sherron Collins (Crane Tech, Chicago, Ill.) 6-0, Sr.
F -- Duke Crews (Bethel, Hampton, Va.) 6-8, Sr.
G -- Javaris Crittenton (Southwest Atlanta Christian, Atlanta, Ga.) 6-5,Sr.
F -- Isaiah Dahlman (Braham, Minn.) 6-7, Sr.
G -- Eric Gordon (North Central, Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-3, Jr.
G -- James Harden (Artesia, Lakewood, Calif.) 6-3, Jr.
F -- James Keefe (Santa Margarita, Rancho S. Margarita, Calif.) 6-9, Sr.
C -- Curtis Kelly, Rice (New York, N.Y.) 6-9, Sr.
F -- Taylor King (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-7, Jr.
G -- David Lighty (Villa Angela St. Joseph, Cleveland, Ohio) 6-5, Sr.
G -- Jodie Meeks (Norcross, Ga.) 6-4, Sr.
F -- Jon Mitchell (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) 6-7, Sr.
C -- Raymar Morgan (McKinley, Canton, Ohio) 6-8, Sr.
G -- Nigel Munson (DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.) 6-0, Sr.
F -- Stanley Robinson (Huffman, Birmingham, Ala.) 6-8, Sr.
G -- Derrick Rose (Simeon, Chicago, Ill.) 6-3, Jr.
F -- DeShawn Sims (Pershing, Detroit, Mich.) 6-8, Sr.
F -- Kyle Singler (South Medford, Medford, Ore.,) 6-8, Jr.
G -- Jerry Smith (Wauwatosa East, Wauwatosa, Wis.) 6-3, Sr.
G --Nolan Smith (Oak Hill, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-3, Jr.
F -- Dajuan Summers (McDonough, Owens Mill, Md.) 6-8, Sr.
F -- Lance Thomas (St. Benedict's, Newark, N.J.) 6-8, Sr.
F -- Dan Werner (Christian Brothers, Lyncroft, N.J.) 6-7 Sr.
C -- Brian Zoubek (Haddonfield, N.J.) 7-0, Sr


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