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Boys' Basketball Athlete of the Year
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Boys' Basketball Athlete of the Year

2000

Zach Spivey
Coronado High School, Lubbock, Texas

The 6-feet-10, 225-pound Thomason was voted his district's Class 5A Most Valuable Player as a senior after averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds, and nearly 4 blocked shots per game. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has accepted a scholarship to Sacred Heart University. "Athletes like Zach Spivey are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best athletes not only in the state of Texas, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him."

 

 2001

Kelvin Torbert
Northwestern High School, Flint, Michigan

"Athletes like Kelvin Torbert are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best basketball players not only in the state of Michigan, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Torbert, who will attend Michigan State University, ended his career as Northwestern High's all-time leading scorer with 1,978 points. As a senior, he averaged 26 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocked shots, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game, shooting 52 per cent from the floor. He was selected as the Gatorade High School Player of the Year and was a USA Today First Team selection.

 

2002

Nik Caner-Medley
Deering High School, Portland, Maine

"Athletes like Nik Caner-Medley are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best basketball players not only in the state of Maine, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." A 6-foot-7 small forward, Caner-Medley was named his state's Mr. Basketball as well as its Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 34.6 points and 15.4 rebounds per game this season. He led Deering High to a pair of Western Class A state titles and earned an invitational to the Capital Classic all-star game in Washington, D.C. After starring at the adidas ABCD Camp last summer, Caner-Medley earned plenty of scholarship offers, selecting reigning NCAA champion Maryland over Missouri, UConn, Kansas, and Virginia. Sports Illustrated magazine also recognized Caner-Medley's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.

 

2003

LeBron James
St. Vincent - St. Mary High School, Akron, Ohio

LeBron James of St. Vincent - St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio has been selected the National High School Senior Boys Basketball Athlete of the Year for 2003, the National High School Coaches Association announced today.  "With so many outstanding young athletes in the United States it is truly an achievement when one player can be such a clear choice as the best in his or her sport - Lebron James is that player," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor him as its National High School Senior Boys Basketball Athlete of the Year."  

 

2004

Dwight Howard
Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

On the basketball court, the NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year is Dwight Howard of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy . Howard, who has declared for the NBA draft and is a projected top five selection, has received numerous national player of the year awards. He finished his high school career with 2,146 points, 1,728 rebounds and 811 blocks. As a senior, the 6-10 Howard led his team to the Class 1A Georgia state championship averaging 25.5 points, 18.3 rebound, 3.5 assists and eight blocks per game at center.   

 

2005

Josh McRoberts
Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound McRoberts is one of the nation's top post players. A three-time All-State selection, the Duke University recruit averaged 17.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.9 blocks per game as a senior. McRoberts was the MVP of the prestigious Nike All-American Camp in 2004 and also starred in the McDonald's All-American Game this spring. Shooting 7-of-8 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, McRoberts scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the East squad to a 115-110 victory, also earning MVP honors.  

 

2006

Greg Oden
Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis, Indiana

The 7-foot center is the second player in two years from the talent-rich Indianapolis area to be named NHSCA National High School Senior Boys Basketball Athlete of the Year. Oden averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior, shooting 74 per cent from the field, and led Lawrence North to three consecutive Class 4A state titles, a feat accomplished by just two other Indiana schools. A two-time USA Today and Gatorade National Player of the Year, Oden also was named Player of the Year by the James Naismith Foundation and Parade magazine. He will attend Ohio State University.  

 

2007

Kevin Love
Lake Oswego High School, Lakeridge, Oregon

The 6-foot-10 power forward led Lake Oswego to the 2005 Class 6A state championship and scored 813 points, a state record for a junior. He exceeded that as a senior, averaging 33 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three blocks per game while shooting 67 per cent from the field as he led the Lakers back to the state title game. His 2,628 career points broke the state record that had stood for 50 years, and he became the first Oregon boys player to earn state Player of the Year honors three times. Love, whose father, Stan, played for the NBA's Baltimore Bullets and Los Angeles Lakers, was the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and also was named Player of the Year by Parade magazine and USA Today. He will attend UCLA.

 

2008

Samardo Samuels
St. Benedict's Prep School, Newark, New Jersey

The 6-foot-9 power forward had a spectacular senior season, averagi 24.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game while shooting 67 per cent from the floor. He led St. Benedict's to a 24-1 record and the No. 2 spot in the USA Today Super 25. A member of the USA Today All-USA First Team, Samuels was selected by the newspaper as its Player of the Year. He also was a Parade magazine First Team All-American, a McDonalds All-American and the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. The University of Louisville commitment was voted the Most Valuable Player of three major tournaments this season: the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., the Bojangles Shootout in Charlotte, N.C. and the Nike Super Six in New York City.

 

2009

Derrick Favors
South Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Georgia 

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward, a Georgia Tech recruit, averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, five blocks, four steals and three assists per game while leading South Atlanta to a 29-3 record and the Class 3A state championship as a senior. In the Hornets' 81-62 championship-game victory over Albany Westover High, Favors racked up 38 points, 15 rebounds, eight blocks and four assists. Considered by many the nation's top recruit, Favors followed up his state championship season with three other national honors. He was named National Player of the Year by USA Today and Parade Magazine, and also claimed Most Valuable Player honors in the McDonald's All-America high school basketball game. Playing just 18 minutes, Favors scored a team-high 19 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the field, and snared a game-high eight rebounds to rally the East team past the West, 113-110. 

 

2010

Harrison Barnes
Ames High School, Ames, Iowa

Some are calling Ames High, which has gone 53-0 the last two years and won back-to-back 4A state titles, the greatest boys basketball team in Iowa high school history, and Barnes, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward and a University of North Carolina recruit, is the main reason. Barnes was named Player of the Year by USA Today and earned Mr. Basketball honors from ESPN RISE – the first Iowa player to earn the honor in the award’s 56-year history – after averaging 26.1 points, 10 rebounds, 3.1 steals and three assists per game. Barnes was named state tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points in three Ames double-digit tourney wins, and the Little Cyclones (27-0) finished with a No. 3 ranking from USA Today and a No. 10 ranking from ESPN RISE. He also earned MVP honors in the McDonald’s All-American Game (18 points, 7-of-10 shooting, five rebounds) and the Jordan Brand Classic (20 points, 15 rebounds), and hit a three-pointer and led a fourth-quarter rally to help the USA Junior National Select team to victory in the Nike Hoop Summit.

 

2011

Austin Rivers
Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Florida

The 6-foot-4 point guard led Winter Park to its second consecutive 6A state title, averaging 28.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The Duke University commitment scored 2,957 points in his career. His biggest games as a senior included a 46-point performance against Montverde Academy and a 38-point outing against highly-ranked Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High. Named the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year by McDonald’s, Rivers had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game. A four-time First Team All-State selection, Rivers was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year, and Player of the Year by Parade and USA Today. He also averaged 20.2 points and 2 steals per game to lead the USA Basketball Under-19 National Team that won the FIBA Americas World Championship in 2010. The son of Boston Celtics head coach Glenn "Doc” Rivers, Austin Rivers will become the third collegiate athlete in his family next year. His brother, Jeremiah, was a senior starter at Indiana University this season and his sister, Callie, is a standout volleyball player at the University of Florida. 

 

2012

Perry Ellis
Wichita Heights High School,Wichita, Kansas

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound post player led Wichita Heights to four 6A state championships and became the first player to be named All-State four times by The Wichita Eagle. Ellis scored2,231 career points, breaking a Wichita City League record that had stood since 1981, and had 987 career rebounds as he led the Falcons (23-2) on a state-record 62-game winning streak that was set this season. Ellis averaged 25.8 points, 9.4 rebounds,1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals as a senior and shot 67percent from the field, including 43 percent from three-point range, and 78 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 195 free throws. The McDonald’s All-American had 29 points and seven rebounds in the Falcons’ 67-60 title-game victory over Overland Park Blue Valley Northwest High. Named to the All-USA Today Second Team, Ellis, the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year, is the first player in the award program’s 27-year history to be a four-time state Player of the Year selection. Also an outstanding student, Ellis ranks No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 grade-point average, and serves as secretary of his school’s National Honor Society chapter. The University of Kansas recruit has volunteered locally on behalf of the Wichita Children’s Home, with the Real Men, Real Heroes Teen Hero program, as part of youth literacy outreach initiatives and as a motivational speaker to youth athletes, addressing the importance of education.

 

2013

Jabari Parker
Simeon High School, Chicago, Illinois

Jabari Parker leaves the Chicago high school basketball scene the way he entered it – a champion. Parker, who will attend Duke in the fall, led Simeon to its fourth straight Illinois Class 4A championship during the 2012-13 season. What made Parker’s senior season special was the fact that he was able to battle back from a broken foot that he suffered during last summer. Even though he wasn’t 100 percent at the start of the season, Parker led his team to a 30-3 record while averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.

 

2014

Karl Towns, Jr.
St. Joseph High School, Metuchen, New Jersey

Karl Towns, Jr., St. Joseph High’s 7-1 big man, always came-up big on the court during his high school career. Towns, who will play his college ball at Kentucky, closed out his career by helping his team win the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Tournament of Champions. Towns averaged 20.9 points per game, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots per contest. For a big man, Towns has quite a touch, shooting 66.1% from the field and 82.2% from the foul line, while knocking down 127 threes over the last three seasons. Towns, who carried a 3.66 GPA, is a member of the Dominican Republic National Team, was Gatorade’s National Player of the Year and two-time Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year. Towns is the second New Jersey player to be honored by the NHSCA as its National Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Samardo Samuels of St. Benedict’s Prep, who is currently playing professional basketball in Italy, was the 2008 NHSCA Player of the Year in boys’ basketball.

 

2015

Jaylen Brown
Wheeler High School, Marietta, Georgia

Jaylen Brown closed out his high school career by leading Wheeler to a Georgia AAAAAA state championship. The 6-7, 220-pound forward averaged 28 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, plus he was named to the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. Brown was also a member of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team.  Brown will play his college ball at the University of California at Berkley.

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