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Our 40-man roster was selected by coaches, recruiters, and scouts from around the country.
Meet PARADE's All-America High School Boys Basketball Team
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First Team
(Name, School, City, Height)


Sebastian Telfair - Abraham Lincoln - Brooklyn, N.Y - 6'0"
Shaun Livingston - Peoria Central - Peoria, Ill. - 6'6"
Al Jefferson - Prentiss - Prentiss, Miss - 6'10"
Dwight Howard - S.W. Atlanta Christian - Atlanta, Ga. - 6'11"
Joshua Smith - Oak Hill Academy - Mouth of Wilson, Va. - 6'8"
Glen Davis - University Lab - Baton Rouge, La. - 6'8"
Rudy Gay - Archbishop Spalding - Severn, Md. - 6'9"
Darius Washington - Edgewater - Orlando, Fla. - 6'1"
Marvin Williams - Bremerton - Bremerton, Wash. - 6'9"
Malik Hairston - Renaissance - Detroit, Mich. - 6'6"

Second Team

LA Marcus Aldridge - Seagoville - Dallas, Tex. - 7'0"
Jordan Farmar - Taft - Woodland Hills, Calif. - 6'2"
Daniel Gibson - Jesse Jones - Houston, Tex. - 6'3"
Joseph Crawford - Renaissance - Detroit, Mich. - 6'4"
DeMarcus Nelson - Sheldon - Sacramento, Calif. - 6'3"
Robert Swift - Bakersfield - Bakersfield, Calif. - 7'1"
J.R. Smith - St. Benedict's - Newark, N.J. - 6'6"
Jawann McClellan - Charles H. Milby - Houston, Tex. - 6'5"
Ronald Steele - John Carroll Catholic - Birmingham, Ala. - 6'3"
Rajon Rondo - Oak Hill Academy - Mouth of Wilson, Va. - 6'2"

Third Team

Arron Afflalo - Cantennial - Compton, Calif. - 6'5"
Monta Ellis - Lanier - Jackson, Miss. - 6'4"
Jason Horton - Cedar Hill - Cedar Hill, Tex. - 6'2"
Greg Oden - Lawrence North - Indianapolis, Ind. - 7'0"
Louis Williams - South Gwinnett - Snellvill, Ga. - 6'2"
Randolph Morris - Landmark Christian - Fairburn, Ga. - 7'0"
Richard Hendrix - Athens - Athens, Ala. - 6'9"
Michael Williams - Wilcox Central - Camden, Ala. - 6'9"
Jason Rich - Dr. Phillips - Orlando, Fla. - 6'3"
Josh Shipp - Fairfax - Los Angeles, Calif. - 6'5"

Fourth Team

D.J. White - Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 6'8"
Cedric Simmons - West Brunswick - Shallotte, N.C. - 6'9"
Gabriel Pruitt - Westchester - Los Angeles, Calif. - 6'4"
Toney Douglas - Jonesboro - Jonesboro, Ga. - 6'4"
Corey Brewer - Portland - Portland, Tenn. - 6'8"
Russell Robinson - Rice - New York, N.Y. - 6'2"
Drew Neitzel - Wyoming Park - Wyoming, Mich. - 6'1"
A.J. Ratliff - North Central - Indianapolis, Ind. - 6'2"
Tasmin Mitchell - Denham Springs - Denham Springs, La. - 6'7"
Robert Vaden - Bridgton Academy - No. Bridgton, Maine - 6'5"

Since the sixth grade, Sebastian Telfair has dominated New York City’s basketball courts on his way to rewriting school, city and state record books. For his extraordinary talent, Sebastian has been named Player of the Year on PARADE’s 48th annual All- America High School Boys Basketball Team. This year’s squad features players from 18 states. California leads, with 6 players; followed by Georgia, Texas and Alabama, with 4 each. Our 40-man roster was selected by coaches, scouts and recruiters from across America.“Sebastian made his own mark,” says Dwayne Morton, his coach at Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn. “He had a lot to live up to entering the season, and he had an unbelievable year for himself and our team.”

Sebastian was a second-team PARADE All-American as a junior, averaging 27 points on a team that won the state championship. This season his career total reached 2750 points, breaking the state record of 2622 points, held by another PARADE All-American point guard out of New York City—Kenny Anderson, now in his 13th year in the NBA. And Sebastian is the cousin of Stephon Marbury, also a legendary point guard at Abraham Lincoln High, who currently stars with the New York Knicks. Marbury was our Player of the Year in 1995.

Sebastian had to overcome an injury in early December to set his records. During a televised game, he suffered a high ankle sprain that limited his play and forced him to sit out a couple of games. “ Sebastian was determined to come back even stronger after the injury,” said Coach Morton, “and he did it with his best efforts of the season.”

Last month, Sebastian led his team into the playoffs in search of a third New York City high school championship in a row with a staggering average of 31 points and 8 assists per game this season. His leadership, court sense and passing ability assure his future success. Sebastian has committed to attend the University of Louisville in the fall and is almost certain to become an NBA star.

Slick Passer In Peoria
As a junior, Shaun Livingston, a 6-foot-6 guard from Peoria, Ill., led his team to a 31-1 record and the state Class AA title. “You don’t find many like him who would rather pass than shoot,” says his coach, Chuck Buescher. “He fits in with the best players in state history. I can’t say enough about him.” Shaun averaged 19 points and 6 assists per game. He’ll play for Duke in the fall.

Big Man In Mississippi
The most dominant center this season was 6-foot-10, 260-pound Al Jefferson of Prentiss, Miss. He averaged 41.2 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocked shots a game for the regular season and set a national record with 26 blocked shots in a single game. “I didn’t know it was a national record until the next day,” says his coach, Lonnie McLemore. “He amazes me at times, and I’m his coach!” Al will attend Arkansas this fall.

Georgia Powerhouse
Dwight Howard, a 6-foot-11 center from Southwest Atlanta Christian, is a versatile player on both ends of the court. He has more than 800 blocked shots in his career and averaged 25 points and 17 rebounds a game. “He matured into a solid team leader and was a second coach on the floor,” says his coach, Courtney Brooks. Dwight hasn’t decided on a college.

Excellence At Oak Hill
Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., has produced more PARADE All-Americans than any other high school over the last 15 years. Its latest star is Josh Smith, who led the nation’s No. 1 high school team with 23 points and 4 steals per game. Josh, a 6-foot-8 lefty forward, “can play inside or outside, run and jump,” says Coach Steve Smith. Josh has signed to play for Indiana in the fall.

Biggest Of The Big Men
A 325-pound “big-time” forward from University Lab in Baton Rouge, La., Glen Davis greatly improved his overall play and leadership as a junior and a senior. “He depended on his size—which was 360 at the time—as a sophomore,” says his coach, Ari Fisher. But he matured to become a versatile and impressive force on his team. Standing 6 feet 8, Davis averaged 27 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots a game. He also can shoot 3-pointers, hitting as many as 5 in a game. Glen will play for Louisiana State this fall.

Marvel From Maryland
“I never saw anyone improve as much between their junior and senior seasons as Rudy Gay,” says Coach Mike Glick of Archbishop Spalding in Severn, Md. In a game against St. Frances Academy, the 6-foot-9 forward scored 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for a 75-71 road win. He improved on his junior year average of 13.9 points to score 21 points and block 6 shots a game as a senior, adds Glick, “despite constant double-team defenses.” Rudy plans to attend Connecticut.

A Flash In Florida
Hardworking Darius Washington, a 6-foot-1 guard at Edgewater High in Orlando, proved his worth this season by averaging 24.6 points, more than 4 assists and almost 6 rebounds a game for his nationally ranked Eagles. “Darius became an all-around team player and not just a scorer,” says his coach, Travis Jones. He scored almost 3000 points over a 4-year career. He will attend Memphis in the fall.

Western Wonder
Marvin Williams “has that aura and star quality that sets him apart,” says his coach, Casey Lindberg of Bremerton High in Bremerton, Wash. He averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds per game and has been compared to a young Shawn Kemp. The 6-foot-9 forward will attend the University of North Carolina in the fall.

Motor City Master
Malik Hairston, a 6-foot-6 forward, helped his unbeaten Renaissance High team repeat as city champions in Detroit by averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists per game. He has not decided on a college.

FALL COMMITTMENTS

Alabama: Ronald Steele
Arizona: Jawann McClellan
Arkansas: Al Jefferson
Auburn: Toney Douglas
Connecticut: Rudy Gay
Duke: Shaun Livingston, DeMarcus Nelson
Florida: Corey Brewer
Florida State: Jason Rich
Indiana: Joshua Smith, D.J. White, A.J. Ratliff, Robert Vaden
Kansas: Russell Robinson
Kentucky: Joseph Crawford, Rajon Rondo
Louisiana State: Glen Davis
Louisville: Sebastian Telfair
Memphis: Darius Washington
Michigan State: Drew Neitzel
Missouri: Jason Horton
North Carolina: Marvin Williams, J.R. Smith
North Carolina State: Cedric Simmons
Texas: LA Marcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson, Michael Williams
UCLA: Jordan Farmar, Arron Afflalo, Josh Shipp
USC: Robert Swift, Gabriel Pruitt
Uncommitted: Dwight Howard, Malik Hairston, Randolph Morris
Underclassmen: Monta Ellis, Greg Oden, Louis Williams, Richard Hendrix, Tasmin Mitchell




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