2007 EA SPORTS Boys All American Team

Darrell Arthur

Jerryd Bayless (St. Mary's, Phoenix, AZ) 6-3, Sr., Guard

A star since his first varsity game as a freshman in which he scored 37 points, the four-year all-stater and two-time state Player of the Year led his 19-13 record team into the state Class 5A-I title game by scoring 155 points in four playoff games. The University of Arizona recruit averaged 33 points, six assists and eight rebounds per game while shooting 91 percent from the foul line. He scored 53 in one game and 2,828 for his career.

Nick Calathes (Lake Howell, Winter Park, FL) 6-5, Sr., Guard

The University of Florida recruit led his team to a 29-3 record and state Class 5A title while becoming only the third person to win a second state Mr. Basketball honor. A floor leader and passer, he also averaged 28.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game this season. He was a four-time all-state tournament honoree and scored over 2,700 points and 500 assists with nearly 700 rebounds as Lake Howell went 113-16 in his career.

John Deibler (Upper Sandusky, OH) 6-7, Sr., Forward

Ohio's all-time scoring king led his team to the state Div. II title game where he scored 48 points in a losing effort. Ohio's Mr. Basketball, Deibler ended his four-year career with 3,208 points, a 31.8 average, set a state mark with 736 free throws and is No.2 with 373 steals. This season, the Ohio State recruit averaged 40.8 points while shooting 47 percent and 85 percent from the line. He also averaged 12.6 rebounds and had 181 assists, 144 steals and 114 blocks in 27 games. He scored 69, 67 and 60 in single games with a high of 77 as a junior.

Corey Fisher (St. Patrick's, Elizabeth, NJ) 6-1, Sr., Guard

It can be strongly argued that nobody in prep basketball this season was a better big game performer than Fisher, New Jersey's Player of the Year. The Villanova recruit averaged 22.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and eight assists against tough competition as the nation's No. 2 ranked team finished 30-2 with its second straight Tournament of Champions' crown. Many will recall the 47-point effort of national player of year O.J. Mayo, but it was Fisher that led his team to an overtime win with 37 points . He ended his prep career with a record 16 assists at the Roundball Classic.
Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls, NY) 6-0, Sr., Guard
The Syracuse recruit capped a stellar career by winning New York's Mr. Basketball award while averaging 26.7 points, six assists and five steals per game. The two-time all-stater, and four-season performer helped the Wolverines win the 2005 FAB 50 mythical national title after becoming the first Western New York team to win the state Federation championship. In three post-season national all-star events, he dished out 29 assists.

Austin Freeman (DeMatha, Hyattsville, MD) 6-5, Sr., Forward

A versatile wing guard and four-year Stags' performer, the Georgetown recruit led his team to a third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and D.C. City championship while averaging 22.2 points, seven rebounds and four assists a game. He also shot 58 percent from the floor including 46 percent from three-point range. The D.C. area Player of the Year is considered among the best players in the history of the nationally-known private school.

Eric Gordon (North Central, Indianapolis, IN) 6-5, Sr., Guard

Indiana's Mr. Basketball honoree, he averaged 29.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the state Class 4A runner-up team. The University of Indiana recruit also shot 60 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the free throw line. The four-year starter ended his career with a school record 2,178 points, 14th best in Hoosier State history. Called "Air Gordon" by North Central fans, he scored 43 points in a nationally televised win over Loyola Academy of Illinois.

Blake Griffin (OK Christian, Edmond, OK) 6-8, Sr., Forward

Since he played for a small school in the Midwest, the University of Oklahoma recruit used the McDonald's All-America game to show a national audience what fans in the Sooner State have known for some time -- he's a big time player. He helped his team to four straight state Class 2A titles. During a 26-3 record senior season, he averaged 27.5 points, 4.7 steals and 16 rebounds a game. He was also a football standout.

James Harden (Artesia, Lakewood, CA) 6-5, Sr., Guard

After earning second team EA SPORTS All-America honors as a junior, the highest rated Arizona State recruit in 25 years had an even better senior season as Artesia went 33-2 and was ranked No. 10 in the FAB 50. The smooth lefty averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game as Artesia won back-to-back state Division III titles. On a team with great individual talent, including second team All-American Renardo Sidney, Harden gets credit for his leadership, all-round skill level and mentoring of younger players.

James Hickson (Wheeler, Marietta, GA) 6-9, Sr., Forward

Long considered one of the best forwards in this class, he closed his prep career by averaging 25.9 points and 13.8 rebounds a game while repeating as a Class 5A all-state honoree. A recruiting coup for North Carolina State, he impressed at the Roundball Classic in Chicago with a 24-point, eight-rebound performance to earn MVP honors and some observers feel he could be a college impact player as a freshman.
Taylor King (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, CA) 6-8, Sr., Forward
A four-year standout at one of the nation's top programs, he led the 33-4 record Monarchs to a state Division II title while scoring 29 points and collecting 15 rebounds in the finals. On the season, the state Mr. Basketball had norms of 26.6 points and 10.5 rebounds. The Duke recruit helped Mater Dei to a four-year mark of 121-16 while scoring 3,214 points and grabbing 1,442 rebounds. His career totals for games played, total points, three-point goals and rebounds all rank in the top 10 all-time statewide.

Gani Lawal (Norcross, GA) 6-9, Sr., Forward

In a year for great individual talent in the Peach State, Lawal not only won the state Mr. Basketball honor but helped the Blue Devils repeat as state Class AAAAA champion with a 31-point, 13-rebound, six-block peformance in a 59-58 win over Centennial. Norcross finished with a 29-3 record and a No. 8 FAB 50 ranking as the Georgia Tech recruit averaged 18.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots a game. In two post-season All-America games, he had 28 points and 20 rebounds.
Kevin Love (Lake Oswego, OR) 6-10, Sr., Forward

The nation's top pivot left a major imprint in Oregon by breaking a 50-year-old state career scoring record and becoming the first three-time state player of the year. The UCLA recruit shared this season's honors with fellow All-American Kyle Singler, whose South Medford team beat the nationally-ranked Lakers twice. The four-year standout scored a state record 2,628 points and led his team to three straight state Class 4A finals and the school's first ever title in 2006. He averaged 33.9 points and 17.0 rebounds this season while shooting 67 percent and 85 percent from the line.

O. J. Mayo (Huntington, WV) 6-5, Sr., Guard

The EA SPORTS National Player of the Year is an unprecedented three-time first team selection. Mayo teamed with first teamer Patrick Patterson this season and played with 2006 first teamer Bill Walker at North College Hill in Ohio. Amazingly, all three hail from a town of 50,000 in West Virginia and this year's Huntington team is one of the best of all-time exclusively with home-grown talent. Although he's been surpassed as a prospect by Kevin Love in the eyes of some, Mayo has been the top drawing card and most talked about prep player since LeBron James.

Patrick Patterson (Huntington, WV) 6-8, Sr., Center

Highlanders to four straight state tournaments and an unprecedented three consecutive Class AAA titles. He was a four-time all-stater including three first team berths and state Player of the Year as a junior and runner-up this season to teammate, and National Player of the Year O.J. Mayo. Patterson is noted for his defensive and rebounding efforts and averaged 11.9 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots along with 17.2 points a game.

Derrick Rose (Simeon, Chicago, IL) 6-4, Sr., Guard

The Memphis recruit led the Wolverines to rare back-to-back City and state Class AA championships while showing an all-around game. The state Player of the Year averaged 7.5 assists and seven rebounds in addition to his 19 per game scoring norm. He had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as Simeon handed FAB 50 No. 1 Oak Hill (Va.) its only season defeat.
Kyle Singler (South Medford, Medford, OR) 6-9, Sr., Forward
The Duke recruit led his team to a state Class 4A championship and shared the state Player of the Year honors with fellow All-American Kevin Love. A slender forward, who also was a football wide receiver for three years, he averaged 29.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior while shooting 65 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the foul line. He scored 39 points against FAB 50 No. 1 ranked Oak Hill of Virginia. He ended his career with 2,207 points -- sixth best in state history.

Nolan Smith (Oak Hill Academy, VA) 6-2, Sr., Guard

The senior leader of the 40-1 record Warriors, ranked No. 1 in the FAB 50 national ratings, the Duke recruit was a consistent performer and the first two-time captain of the private school powerhouse. He averaged 21.3 points and 4.1 assists a game while shooting 65 percent from the floor. A solid defender and floor performer, he faced the nation's most challenging schedule and was a major reason Oak Hill won 82 games the last two seasons.
Corey Stokes (St. Benedict's, Newark, NJ) 6-6, Sr., Forward
A middle school legend in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J., he added to the lore as a high school player on a talent-laden Gray Bees' team that finished 24-1 and ranked No. 7 in the FAB 50. The muscular Stokes averaged 25 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season. He will join rival Corey Fisher of St. Patrick, which handed St. Benedict's its lone loss, at Villanova next season.

Chris Wright (St. John's, Washington, DC) 6-1, Sr., Guard

The first three-time D.C. All-Met honoree since DeMatha's Adrian Dantley in 1971-73, the Georgetown recruit capped a stellar career by averaging 30.5 points, 4.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game. His game point high was 57 points and he also had 43 and 40-point outings. Wright was twice selected the Most Outstanding Player in the prestigious post-season Alhambra Invitational in Maryland. He scored 2,580 career points.

EA SPORTS ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM (30)
(Listed alphabetically)

C Cole Aldrich (Jefferson, Bloomington, MN) 6-11 Sr.
G Chris Allen (Meadowcreek, Norcross, GA) 6-3 Sr.
F James Anderson (Junction City, AR) 6-7 Sr.
C DeJuan Blair (Schenley, Pittsburgh, PA) 6-7 Sr.
G Kenny Boynton (Ely, Pompano Beach, FL) 6-2 Soph.
F Ed Davis (Benedictine, Richmond, VA) 6-8 Jr.
G Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic, Towson, MD) 6-3 Sr.
C Drew Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, CA) 6-8 Jr.
F Donte Green (Towson Catholic, Towson, MD) 6-9 Sr.
G Corperryale Harris (Redford, Detroit, MI) 6-5 Sr.
G Senario Hillman (Wilkinson County, Irwinton, GA) 6-3 Sr.
G Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood, CA) 6-3 Jr.
G Brandon Jennings (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA) 6-2 Jr.
F Gary Johnson (Aldine, Houston, TX) 6-7 Sr.
G Jeff Jones (Monsignor Bonner, Drexel Hill, PA) 6-4 Sr.
C DeAndre Jordan (Christian Life, Humble, TX) 6-11 Sr.
C Harper Kamp (Mountain View, Mesa, AZ) 6-7 Sr.
C Kosta Koufos (GlenOak, Canton, OH) 7-1 Sr.
F Greg Monroe (Helen Cox, Harvey, LA) 6-9 Jr.
G E 'Twaun Moore (Central, East Chicago, IN) 6-3 Sr.
C Herb Pope (Aliquippa, PA) 6-9 Sr.
F Anthony Randolph (Woodrow Wilson, Dallas, TX) 6-10 Sr.
F Delvon Roe (St. Edward, Lakewood, OH) 6-8 Jr.
C Renardo Sidney (Artesia, Lakewood, CA) 6-10 Soph.
F Tyrone Shelley (Crawford, San Diego, CA) 6-8 Sr.
F Chace Stanback (Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA) 6-8 Sr.
G Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, Brooklyn, NY) 6-4 Soph.
G Durrell Summers (Covenant Christian, Redford, MI) 6-5 Sr.
G Darquavis Tucker (Arthur Hill, Saginaw, MI) 6-5 Sr.
G Bradley Wanamaker (Roman Catholic, Philadelphia, PA) 6-4 Sr.


 

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