Mr. Basketball USA Michael Porter Jr., three-time selection DeAndre Ayton, and Duke recruit Trevon Duval highlight 23rd annual All-American team produced by Ballislife.com Grassroots Editor Ronnie Flores. Elite honor squad includes 20-man first team and 30-man second team.
The 2016-17 All-American Elite Team, now published for the 23rd consecutive season and on the Ballislife.com platform for the second time, includes 42 of the nation’s best seniors, led by Mr. Basketball USA Michael Porter Jr. of FAB 50 No. 1 Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.).
Eighteen seniors and two juniors, including National Junior of the Year Marvin Bagley Jr. of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), headline the 20-player overall first team.
A 30-player second team includes five additional juniors and National Sophomore Player of the Year R.J. Barrett of national power Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.). In the 23 seasons of publishing annual All-American teams (we have retroactive teams dating back to the 1954-55 season), no freshman has ever made the first team.
The class player of the year among ninth-graders on this year’s Underclass All-American team is 6-foot-3 guard Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.). The talented first-year player is the first-ever underclass player of the year (dating back to the 1969-70 season) from the state of Minnesota.
Our national coach of the year is Freddy Johnson of Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.). He led his club to the NCISA Class 3A and to big win over IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) at Dick’s Nationals. Greensboro Day participated at Dick’s Nationals for the second time in three seasons and finished No. 13 in the final FAB 50 National Team Rankings. Under Johnson, who enters 2017-18 with a 992-283 career mark, Greensboro Day has won 30 or more games 14 times and he is our first-ever National Coach of the Year from North Carolina dating back to the 1969-70 season.
This performance-based All-American team is selected by National Grassroots Editor Ronnie Flores with input from Mr. Basketball USA panelists. It is chosen after the conclusion of the season, which makes this All-American team more reflective of players who made state championship runs. This honors squad has been chosen in its current format since the 1994-95 season and is powered by Ballislife.com for the second consecutive season. This team is chosen regardless of class and is not exclusive or preferential for seniors named to the Ballislife All-American Game. To check out who has played in the Ballislife All-American Game the past seven years, please visit ballislifeallamerican.com. To view archived all-american teams published under this format, please visit GrassrootsHoops.net.
2016-17 All-American First Team
G — Trevon Duval, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 6-3 Sr.
Arguably the nation’s most explosive guard, Duval is also rated the nation’s top point guard recruit by ESPN, Rivals and the Hoop Scoop. On the court, the Duke-bound Duval averaged 16.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.0 apg for a 26-2 team that finished No. 8 in the FAB 50. Duval also has the rare distinction of winning a major grassroots summer championship for two different shoe company circuits. In the summer of 2016, he led WE-R1 to the Under Armour Association title and helped the New Jersey Playaz win the 2014 Nike EYBL title.
G — Collin Sexton, Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.) 6-3 Sr.
The fastest-riser on this year’s team, Sexton didn’t make the Underclass All-American team as a junior, but rose all the way to first five with an impressive season that piggybacked a sensational summer. He led the Nike EYBL in scoring (31.7 ppg) and participated for Team USA in the 2016 FIBA 17U World Championships were he was named MVP after averaging 17 ppg. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAAAA Player of the Year after averaging 32.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.7 spg for a 21-8 team, Sexton’s talent and competitive nature was on full display at the Ballislife All-American Game. He finished with 27 points and four assists to earn game MVP honors.
G — Trae Young, Norman North (Norman, Okla.) 6-2 Sr.
Will go down as one of the best players ever from Oklahoma along with the likes of 1982 Mr. Basketball USA Waymon Tisdale, Richard Dumas (1987), Wilfred Boynes (1975) and Alvin Adams (1973) and made the state rejoice when he decided to stay home and play for the Sooners. A two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Young moves up from the second team after averaging 42.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists for a 19-6 club. His individual high of 65 points broke his own state Class 6A record and during that same game put him over 2,500 career points. Prior to his spectacular senior season, Young led Mokan Elite to the 2016 Nike EYBL title while avenging 27.0 ppg and 7.3 apg.
F — Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.) 6-9 Sr.
This year’s Mr. Basketball USA choice moves up from the second team after leading Falter Tolton (Columbia, Mo.) to a MSHAA Class 3 state title as a junior. He topped that by winning a Class 3A title in Washington while averaging 37.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists for a 29-0 team that finished No. 1 in the FAB 50. Not only was Hale the first team ever from Washington to win a mythical national title, Porter is the first ever player from a Washington program to earn national player of the year honors. He’ll return to his roots and play college basketball at Missouri.
C — DeAndre Ayton, Hillcrest Academy (Phoenix, Ariz.) 7-0 Sr.
A rare repeat first five selection, Ayton is the first three-time first team selection since 2011 Mr. Basketball USA Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2009-11). Although Porter Jr. surpassed him for national honors, Ayton joined him and Duval as the only three players to appear on each voting ballot in the final Mr. Basketball USA Tracker. Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Ayton led Hillcrest Academy to a 33-6 mark and to the Under Armour Grind Session championship while averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Ayton is headed to Arizona.
G — Ethan Thompson, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) 6-4 Sr.
California’s Mr. Basketball had a fantastic senior campaign and ended his stellar four-year career with two CIF state titles. Veteran coach Doug Mitchell called him the best player in program history after leading Bishop Montgomery to a CIF Open Division state title and final No. 6 FAB 50 ranking as a senior. He averaged 22.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 5.4 apg while improving his overall game and growing in physical stature. On his way to Oregon St. to join his brother Stephen Jr. (a 2015 second team selection) and his father Stephen Sr. (a third five selection in 1986).
F — Kevin Knox Jr., Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.) 6-8 Sr.
Moves up from the second team after averaging 28.9 points and 11.3 rebounds while leading the Crusaders to the Class 5A state title game. He got his team there with a 40-point, 2-0-rebound semifinal performance. For his efforts, Knox was named Florida’s Mr. Basketball, the first from the Tampa region since 1999 second team selection Casey Sanders of Tampa Prep. He ended his career as Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer and was selected for both the McDonald’s (15 points) and Jordan Brand (12 points) All-American Games.
F — Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day School (Spartanburg, S.C.) 6-7 Jr.
Earned underclass All-American honors a year ago, but developed into one of the nation’s best players regardless of class this past season with his continued improvement to his overall skill and breathtaking leading ability. A powerful forward, Williamson’s dunking ability has made him a national celebrity and arguably the best Mixtape player of this generation. After leading tiny Spartanburg Day to a state title as a sophomore, Williamson had a standout summer and averaged 36.8 points and 13 rebounds per game in leading his team to a second straight SCISA Class 2A title. He netted 51 points in the state title game victory.
F — Marvin Bagley III, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 6-10 Jr.
Ultra-talented left-handed forward edged out second team choice Jordan Brown for Cal-Hi Sports Junior of the Year honors and Williamson for national honors among Class of 2018 players. Although Sierra Canyon stumbled in the playoffs, it had nothing to do with Bagley’s individual production, as he averaged 24.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and shot 66 percent from the field against a national schedule. Bagley sat out his sophomore season after leading Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) to a state crown as a freshman, when he became the first freshman ever to earn All-American acclaim in our current format and the second one ever dating back to 1954-55.
C — Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette (La.) 6-11 Sr.
Once in a while a player uses the post-season all-star circuit to catapult his All-American standing and that’s exactly what Robinson did. He was one of the most explosive and impressive frontcourt players at both the McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic games. He scored 14 and 15 points, respectively, in those games and made 14-of-16 shots from the field. Prior to those impressive outings, Robinson helped the Owls reach the Class 5A state semifinals by averaging 25.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. The Western Kentucky recruit earned first team Class 5A all-state honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
G — Chris Lykes, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.) 5-8 Sr.
A repeat first team selection, Lykes moves up from the fourth team after another standout season that saw him repeat as Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Player of the Year and earn all-met Player of the Year honors by the Washington Post. As a junior he earned WCAC POY honors over probable 2017 NBA No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic). Aside from the local honors, Lykes averaged 18.6 ppg for a WCAC championship team that finished No. 15 in the FAB 50. Chosen to play in the Ballislife All-American Game, Lykes finished his career as Gonzaga’s all-time leading scorer (2,266 points).
G — Jaylen Hands, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.) 6-3 Sr.
Hands was off the radar a bit as a junior at Balboa School in his native San Diego, but he made up for lost time over the summer and during his senior campaign. With a rare combination of explosiveness to the rim and a wicked pull-up jumper, Hands used his unique skill set to average 29.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, and 5.7 apg for a team that spent a majority of the season in the state Top 20. He broke the scoring record of 1995 first five selection Stephon Marbury (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic and earlier in 2016 was named MVP at Adidas Nations. Hands is headed to UCLA.
F — John Petty, Mae Jemison (Huntsville, Ala.) 6-6 Sr.
One of the most highly-honored players in Alabama history, Petty moves up from the second team because of his individual production and team’s success. Was named state tournament MVP after scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in a Class 5A state title game victory. For the season, the Alabama commit averaged 23.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 3.0 spg for a 33-4 that finished No. 29 in the FAB 50. He repeated as state Mr. Basketball and Gatorade State Player of the Year after earning those honors at now-defunct J.O. Johnson as a junior. Petty, who played in the Jordan Brand Classic, was a four-time all-state selection and finished his four-year career with 2,749 career points.
F — Brian Bowen, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) 6-8 Sr.
After an excellent junior season in which he led the Lakers to the Dick’s Nationals title game, Bowen helped his team take it one step further as a senior to earn All-American acclaim. He averaged 18.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg in three Dick’s Nationals games, all victories for a 28-1 club. Bowen ended the season with averages of 20.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg for the No. 2 team in the FAB 50. Undecided for college, the Saginaw, Mich. native netted a game-high 26 points in the Jordan Brand Classic.
C — Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy (Atlanta) 6-10 Sr.
After an honor-filled season for a state-title winning team, Carter will be taking his talents for Duke. Carter was named Class AAA State Player of the Year by averaging 22.7 ppg, 15.5 rpg and a whopping 5.8 bpg for a 26-8 club. A true back-to-the-basket talent who helped Team USA capture the 2016 FIBA 17U World Championship, Carter was not only named Class AAA State Player of the Year, but Georgia’s overall player of the year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Carter was also named the Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year by McDonald’s, and scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off three assists in its national all-star game.
G — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 6-7 Soph.
A left-hander in the mold of NBA standout Manu Ginobili, Barrett was the leading scorer for Montverde Academy as a freshman and grew bigger and stronger this season. He stepped up his game to the tune of 22 points and seven rebounds for a team full of D1 recruits that finished 26-5 and ranked No. 5 in the FAB 50. Barrett is the only sophomore to make the first team and was the youngest player to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit, scoring nine points against a United State team featuring the top players in the 2017 class. His father, former St. John’s player Rowan Barrett, is the Executive Vice President for Canada Basketball.
G — Lindell Wigginton, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-2 Sr.
Similar to R.J. Barrett, Wigginton is the latest in a recent string of Canadian standouts to earn All-American acclaim. The Nova Scotia native led a talented group of Oak Hill guards and was the Warriors’ most consistent player in its biggest games. A relentless competitor who worked hard on defense and was one of the country’s most potent guards getting in the paint, Wigginton might have been at his best when he netted 35 points in ending the 60-game winning streak of Chino Hills (Calif.). For the season, the Iowa St. commit averaged 20.2 ppg, 3.6 apg, and 2.4 spg.
F — Chuma Okeke, Westlake (Atlanta) 6-8 Sr.
In a great year for individual talent and teams in Georgia, Okeke forced his way to the first team because of his production and individual accolades. The Auburn recruit averaged 24.4 points, 15 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for a 18-11 club that competed in the state’s highest classification. Okeke joined first five selection Collin Sexton on the Class AAAAAAA all-state first team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was named Sandy’s Spiel Mr. Basketball.
F — P.J. Washington, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) 6-8 Sr.
With a strong frame and an improved skill set, Washington was a three-level threat and one of the toughest checks in the country. After a couple of down seasons, the Pilots returned to the thick of the mythical national title race with Washington leading the way while playing for his father Paul Sr., who played at Middle Tennessee St. The Pilots finished the season 33-4 and No. 10 in the FAB 50 with their best player posting averages of 19.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 6.1 apg. Washington was selected for the Ballislife and McDonald’s All-American Games, and had a 11-point, 4-assist, 6-block performance in the Jordan Brand Classic.
C — Nick Richards, Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) 6-11 Sr.
Another struggling with injuries during his junior campaign, Richards came back strong and delivered for a New Jersey TOC title-winning club. Anchored the front line on one of the deepest teams in the country and his numbers (12.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg) really don’t reflect his impact and dominance. He led St. Patrick to a No. 9 Fab 50 ranking while earning NJ.com State Player of the Year honors. Similar to Washington, Richards is headed for Kentucky.
2016-17 All-American Second Team
F — Li’Angelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.) 6-5 Sr.
C — Mohamed Bamba, Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.) 6-10
G — Alex Barcello, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 6-2 Sr.
C — Jordan Brown, Woodcreek (Roseville, Calif.) 6-10 Jr.
G — Troy Brown, Centennial (Las Vegas) 6-6 Sr.
G — Jalek Felton, Gray Collegiate Academy (West Columbia, S.C.) 6-3 Sr.
G — Darius Garland, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.) 6-0 Jr.
G — Marcus Garrett, Skyline (Dallas) 6-6 Sr.
C — Luka Garza, Maret School (Washington, D.C.) 6-11 Sr.
G — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 6-5 Sr.
G — Collin Gillespie, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 6-2 Sr.
G — Quade Green, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) 6-0 Sr.
F — Jaren Jackson, La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) 6-10 Sr.
F — Zach Jacobs, Trinity Episcopal (Richmond, Va.) 6-7 Sr.
G — Tre Jones, Apple Valley (Minn.) 6-2 Jr.
G — Romeo Langford, New Albany (New Albany, Ind.) 6-4 Jr.
G — Foster Loyer, Clarkston (Mich.) 6-0 Jr.
C — Ikey Obiagu, Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, Ga.) 7-0 Sr.
F — Kezie Okpala, Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 6-7 Sr.
F — Brandon Randolph, Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.) 6-6 Sr.
G — Daron Russell, Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) 5-10 Sr.
G — Gary Trent Jr., Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) 6-5 Sr.
G — Tremont Waters, Notre Dame (West Haven, Conn.) 5-11 Sr.
F — James “M.J.” Walker Jr., Jonesboro (Ga.) 6-6 Sr.
G — Lonnie Walker IV, Reading (Pa.) 6-5 Sr.
G — Isaiah Washington, St. Raymond’s (Bronx, N. Y.) 6-1 Sr.
G — Nick Weatherspoon, Velma Jackson (Camden, Miss.) 6-2 Sr.
F — Kris Wilkes, North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-7 Sr.
F — Keith Williams, Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, N. Y.) 6-5 Sr.
F — Kyle Young, Jackson (Massillon, Ohio) 6-7 Sr.
National Coach of the Year: Freddy Johnson, Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.)
Note: Grassroots Hoops selections 2013-2015; ESPN selections 2010-2012; EA SPORTS selections 2003-2009; Student Sports selections prior to 2003; Selections are based on high school accomplishment, not future college/pro potential, and are reflective of those that lead their teams to state championships. The editors of Ballislife.com do not knowingly select fifth-year players, and those ineligible due to age or academics, Mr. Basketball USA or to its various All-American teams.