Al-Farouq Aminu (Norcross, Ga.) 6-8, Sr., Forward
For the first time since 1940, Aminu led a team that won three consecutive Georgia large school state titles. He is the descendant of African Kings, so technically he's an African Prince but he ruled Peach State basketball, leading a 29-2 Blue Devils team that was unbeaten against in-state foes and finished No. 7 in the Rivals.com FAB 50. The Wake Forest recruit went for 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots in the 5A title game win over Wheeler and always shined against tough competition. He netted 29 points in a nationally-televised win over Helen Cox of Louisiana and 35 points in a loss to powerful Oak Hill Academy of Virginia.
Luke Babbitt (Galena, Reno, Nev.) 6-8, Sr., Forward
The Biggest Little City in the World is proud of Babbitt for more than his big-time basketball ability. He devotes countless hours to community-based services while maintaining a 3.9 G.P.A. He averaged 31.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior while his 2,941 career points broke the state career scoring record previously shared by Las Vegas Western's Prince Fowler and Reno Hug's Armon Johnson. Named state player of the year as a junior, his improved ball-handling and shooting transformed him into an All-American as a senior. The two-time Nevada state player of the year decided to stay home and play for the Nevada Wolfpack, going from hometown hero to local legend in the process.
William Buford (Libbey, Toledo, Ohio) 6-5, Sr., Guard
The four-year starter led the Cowboys to a 24-3 record and state Division II runner-up honors after bowing to the state's top-ranked team, Chillicothe, in overtime in the finals. The Ohio State recruit was selected Ohio Mr. Basketball and was a three-time all-stater including first team honors the last two years. He averaged 23.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season and ended his career with 2,059 points--the second highest in Toledo history behind 1989 All-American Jimmy Jackson, who played at Ohio State and in the NBA. "He improved his overall game as a senior," coach Leroy Bates said, "and it helped our team as well. We used him to defend the opponent's best player."
Ed Davis (Benedictine, Richmond, Va.) 6-8, Sr., Forward
The North Carolina recruit helped the Cadets extend their national record to 35 state titles with the Virginia Independent Schools Division I crown, and a 28-7 record, with his consistency. He recorded a double-double in points and rebounds every game but two blowouts and had six triple doubles and one quadruple double in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots. The son of former NBA player Terry Davis averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds, 6.1 blocks and 2.4 assists this season while shooting 59 percent from the floor. He ended his four-year career, including the first two at Hanover of Mechanicsburg, with 2,301 points. "He became stronger and more vocal this season while playing a challenging schedule," coach Sean McAloon stated.
Demar DeRozan (Compton, Calif.) 6-6, Sr., Forward
Nobody in this class plays above the rim quite like this USC-bound wing and many feel he has as much upside as anyone in this year's senior class. DeRozan is just not all potential, either, as he led Compton to back-to-back Moore League titles and a 50-13 record over the past two seasons. As a senior, the four-year regular sported averages of 30.6 points and 8.9 rebounds and also disrupted opposing offenses with his shot blocking and ability to force turnovers (4.0 spg.). After earning all-state laurels as a junior, DeRozan's improved overall game led to him being named California Div. II state player of the year. He's also considered the state's Mr. Basketball runner-up to fellow first team All-American Jrue Holiday.
Tyreke Evans (American Christian, Aston, Pa.) 6-5, Sr., Guard
This small, private school standout left his mark for a 29-7 record Eagles team which faced a challenging schedule. The state Player of the Year capped a five-year prep career by averaging 31.1 points, 6.6 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 4.0 steals as a senior. The EA SPORTS National Freshman and Sophomore of the Year in 2005 and 2006, respectively, this four-time all-stater tallied 3,327 points over five varsity seasons. "He's a typical gym rat who works on his game all the time and the sky's the limit for his basketball future," coach Tony Bergeron says. Evans is a Memphis lean and plans to officially announce his college choice on April 16.
Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, Ga.) 6-9, Jr., Center
One of two juniors named to the EA SPORTS All-American first team, Favors had as dominant a season as any player in the country. While guards and wings are often publicized for triple-double performances, they became the norm for Favors this season. In 30 games, Favors had 19 games where he recorded double figures in points, rebounds and blocked shots, helping the Hornets finish 27-3. He was named the state's Class 3A player of the year and the overall POY by at least one publication while averaging 23.7 points, 17.1 rebounds and 9.1 blocks. His best performance may have been his 32-point, 29-rebound performance in a double overtime victory over fellow All-American Jrue Holiday and Campbell Hall at the Pangos Dream Classic in Los Angeles.
Draymond Green (Saginaw, Mich.) 6-7, Sr., Forward
He led the Trojans to a second straight state Class A championship while posting a 27-1 record. The Michigan State recruit averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots a game and may have saved his best for last. In the final two tournament games, he converted 19 of 32 goals, including 18 of 26 two-pointers, and 12 of 17 free throws while scoring 51 points and collecting 35 rebounds. Saginaw routed Pershing of Detroit, 90-71, in the finals. The two-year all-stater and state Mr. Basketball as a senior beat opponents with his jump shot or with his inside, bullish moves for layins. Coach Lou Dawkins said Green is a "hard worker and great offensive rebounder. He's very talented and versatile."
JaMychal Green (St. Jude, Montgomery, Ala.) 6-9, Sr., Forward
If it weren't for a knee injury and his height, Green probably would be a star defensive end in football. Instead he's one of the best transition forwards in prep basketball, excelling on the offensive glass where he cleans with his ability to finish with both hands. Already considered one of the finest players the city of Montgomery has ever produced, Green finished his career with 2,512 points and two state titles. This season, Green led the Pirates to their second Class 1A state title in three years, dominating opponents with 25.3 points, 17.8 rebounds and 7.6 blocked shots per game. The three-time Class 1A state player of the year was named Mr. Basketball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association this season.
Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall, N. Hollywood, Calif.) 6-3, Sr., Guard
As good an all-around player as you'll see on the prep level, Holiday's skill level and effort usually translated into wins. In fact, the UCLA recruit led the Vikings to a 122-13 record and three state titles in his four-year career. His 2,666 career points were a testament to the variety of ways in which he can score, but his senior season averages a reflection of his overall ability -- 24.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 4.6 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. Holiday was named the Div. IV state player of the year for the second consecutive season and was awarded the state's highest individual honor when CalHiSports.com named him its Mr. Basketball, the first from the San Fernando Valley since 1979.
Brandon Jennings (Oak Hill, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-1, Sr., Guard
The EA SPORTS National Player of the Year. Jennings is the seventh Oak Hill player to earn first team All-American honors from EA SPORTS and Student Sports since the 2002 season, joining Carmelo Anthony, Josh Smith, Kevin Durant, Jamont Gordon, Michael Beasley, Tywon Lawson and Nolan Smith in that select company. You could start a solid NBA franchise with that group of players and amazingly Jennings is the first national player of year choice to suit up for the Warriors. Anthony was considered the runner-up in 2002 to a junior by the name of LeBron James and back in 1993, Jerry Stackhouse was No. 2 on our All-American list behind Rasheed Wallace from Simon Gratz of Philadelphia.
Greg Monroe (Helen Cox, Harvey, La.) 6-10, Sr., Forward
The first two-time Louisiana Mr. Basketball honoree, this three-time all-stater led the four-year-old school to its first Class 4A state title. The four-year starter saved his best for last, going for 39 points and 18 rebounds in a tournament game and posting 27 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the 75-51 finals rout of O. P. Walker. He averaged 19.9 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for a 36-7 team that finished 27-0 vs. in-state schools. The Georgetown recruit also shot 65 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line. Monroe is a National Honor Society member that sports a 3.7 grade point average. "He's a well-rounded student-athlete and ultimate team player," coach Tyron Mouzon states.
B.J. Mullens (Canal Winchester, Ohio) 7-1, Sr., Center
The biggest first team honoree posted big numbers for the Indians this season. Committed to Ohio State since his freshman year, he averaged 27.5 points, 15.3 rebounds and three blocks a game while shooting 71 percent from the floor. The post player exploded for a school-record 62 points in one game and had 48 in a tournament victory for the 21-3 Indians. He was the state Division II Co-Player of the Year with William Buford, the Ohio Mr. Basketball honoree, and ended his four-year career with 1,868 points. "He's matured as a player and person this year," coach Kent Riggs says. "He was nearly unstoppable in the lane and improved as a post player this season. In the classroom, he had a 3.5 G.P.A. this year."
Mike Rosario (St. Anthony's, Jersey City, N.J.) 6-2, Sr., Guard
The floor leader for the unbeaten (32-0) Friars, which capped the season with their 10th state Tournament of Champions' title, fifth unblemished season and third national rankings' crown with the Rivals.com FAB 50 No. 1 spot. He averaged 19 points and three assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the free throw line. Playing on a depth-laden team, his minutes were limited in several games. He will remain in-state and play for Rutgers University. "He was our quarterback on the floor," veteran coach Bob Hurley said. The Friars captured a 25th North Jersey Non-Public B crown, third best all-time for state titles, with Hurley at the helm for the last 22.
Samardo Samuels (St. Benedict's, Newark, N.J.) 6-9, Sr., Forward
The native of Jamaica was the focal point of a 24-1 record Grey Bees' team that ranked No. 2 nationally in the Rivals.com FAB 50 after facing one of the nation's most challenging schedules. The 240-pound front court player averaged 24.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots while shooting 67 percent from the floor. The University of Louisville recruit ended his career with 1,355 points. This season, he was the MVP of the City of Palms Tournament in Florida and every invitational won by the team. "He carried us this season," coach Dan Hurley said, "and his hard work paid off. He was a horse around the basket and tough to defend."
Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-5, Jr., Guard
Often times it's hard for highly-regarded young cagers in the Big Apple to live up to the hype that surrounds them, but Stephenson has no such problems. He's part of a public school dynasty that has now won six of the last seven PSAL titles, with 2004 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year Sebastian Telfair leading the first three clubs and Stephenson the latter. This season, Lincoln won its second consecutive state federation title and the nation's top junior was named Class AA MVP for the second consecutive year. Returning with averages of 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Stephenson is eyeing a fourth straight city title and might duplicate the feat of O.J. Mayo as class player of the year each of his four seasons.
Kemba Walker (Rice, New York, N.Y.) 6-0, Sr., Guard
Generally considered the nation's No. 2 true point guard behind player of the year Brandon Jennings, Walker is the most highly decorated floor general for the Raiders since All-American Kenny Satterfield in 1999. At the McDonald's All-American game, Walker didn't take a backseat to any guard, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. When he can't get to the rim, no lead guard in America can use the glass or convert floaters better. Walker, a late-bloomer who didn't begin playing basketball until age 12, averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for a Rice club that finished 22-4 with a No. 20 national rating. He now takes the game seriously and will take his serious talents to UConn next fall.
Willie Warren (North Crowley, Fort Worth, Texas) 6-3, Sr., Guard
Perhaps no player in the country elevated his game in the post-season as much as Warren. After returning from a brief stay at Oak Hill Academy, Warren led a team that closed out its season with 35 consecutive wins and a Class 5A state title. The Oklahoma recruit averaged of 24.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while scoring 15 fourth quarter points in the state title game win over Dulles. The Dallas Morning News Player of the Year and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 5A POY, Warren averaged 27.7 points in seven playoff games, including a 47-point performance against Midland Lee. That playoff outing set a single game school scoring record and he's also North Crowley's all-time leading scorer.
Elliot Williams (St. George's, Collierville, Tenn.) 6-4, Sr., Guard
Williams has gone from not having a team to play with at the 2006 ABCD Camp to earning a scholarship to play for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University. Williams led the Gryphons with 21.9 points, 7.3 rebounds. 4.8 assists and two steals per game for a 24-3 squad that advanced to the state semifinals. Although St. George's came up just short of its team goal, Williams won the state's highest individual honor when he was named Division 2-A Mr. Basketball. The left-handed Williams was twice named all-state and is one of the country's most active and explosive shooting guards. The eleventh Memphis-area player to play in the McDonald's All-American game, his athleticism and character will be a welcomed addition in Durham next season.
Tyler Zeller (Washington, Ind.) 7-0, Sr., Center
The University of North Carolina recruit not only led his team to a 23-2 record and state Class 3A title, but set state finals' scoring record of 43 points in an 84-60 rout of Fort Wayne Harding. The 220-pounder converted 14 of 22 goals and 15 of 18 free throws in the title game. Zeller, also No. 3 in the school's senior class with a 3.98 G.P.A., led the state in scoring with a 33.1 per game norm and averaged 11 rebounds while shooting 69 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free throw line. The three-year starter averaged 22 points and shot 68 percent from the floor for his career. "He's a very skilled big man," coach Gene Miller said, "and I feel he's the best running big man in the country."
2008 EA SPORTS ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM (30 players listed alphabetically)