All-Summer 1st Team
– PG / #7 overall – Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick - 2010
The PG spot was a tough choice because there are so many quality options, but what Irving did in July, specifically in Orlando is hard to top. Irving dismantled arguably the top two teams – All-Ohio
Red & Team Final – in summer basketball basically by himself. He's got all the tools to be a big-time floor general at the next level, as he's got a terrific feel, knows how to run a team and has exceptional ball-handling and vision.
Schools Involved: Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, UConn and Texas A&M.
– SG / #9 overall – Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster - 2010
Exploding for a 40-point game is just one of the many things Barton was able to accomplish this summer. The Memphis
commit is one of the more unselfish two guards in the 2010 class, and he brings a competitive fire and energy every time he touches the floor. Barton has a complete game where he's capable of attacking the rim or stepping out for deep jumpers.
With the amount of high-level players participating in the Nike Peach Jam, it’s tough to lead the event in scoring, but Barnes, a 6-foot-7 wing, did just that, averaging just under 26 points a game. The nation's top prospect is a tireless worker that is consistent with his efforts. His jump shot is quickly becoming his biggest weapon, as it's pure well past the three-point line.
Schools Involved: Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Iowa State and North Carolina.
– PF / #29 overall – Dix Hills (N.Y.) H.H. Hills West - 2010
Easily the most improved player in the country is this Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollows standout. Harris, a 6-foot-8 forward, made big changes to his body and worked his body fat percentage to below eight percent. At the King City Classic, coaches were floored by his skill set and ability to play inside and out. He kept it up at Peach Jam and in Orlando and solidified himself as a near lock for the McDonald’s All-American game.
Schools Involved: Kentucky, Syracuse, St. John's, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisville, Georgia Tech and UConn.
There’s simply not a more dominant player in all of high school basketball. He may not have the upside that a guy like Barnes does, but "Big Sully" flat out wins and is unstoppable in the paint. He led All-Ohio Red to victories at the Peach Jam and at the AAU Nationals. His size and strength are issues for defenders, as he's an aggressive on both ends and is a force on the glass.
Committed: Ohio State
All-Summer 2nd Team
Some think he's the best lead guard prospect in all of high school basketball, and an argument could certainly be made. The Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike standout outplayed every guard that stepped in his path at the King City Classic and was arguably the top performer there. Speed and athleticism are his best qualities, but he also impressed us with his decision-making and creativity.
Schools Involved: Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and Wake Forest.
– SG/PG / #10 overall – Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton - 2010
Much like Teague, Selby brought his "A" game at the King City Classic. His athleticism and toughness is a perfect match for a camp setting, and he proved that in Cleveland. But the 6-foot-2 combo guard didn’t stop there. With controversy surrounding him in Las Vegas, Selby put up together big efforts in front of a host of college coaches.
Schools Involved: Kansas, Connecticut, Baylor, Oregon, Kentucky, Miami and Texas.
Many think he's the top overall prospect regardless of class, and that very well may be the case. After winning a handful of events in the spring, Gilchrist and Team Final didn't secure a tournament title, but they did make it the Peach Jam final and Gilchrist, a 6-foot-7 wing, displayed his full arsenol in the process. He's an elite talent that performs on a high level every time out.
Schools Involved: Kentucky, Villanova, Indiana and Oregon.
In Las Vegas especially, Jones played like a man on a mission. A 6-foot-8, 215-pound face-up forward, Jones played with passion and determination and led I-5 Elite through the Center Stage event. Blessed with a unique game, Jones can do some things inside and out. He's capable of attacking off the dribble, pushing the break and shooting long-range jumpers, as well as scoring in the paint.
Schools Involved: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina and Washington.
Over the course of the spring and summer, Christmas, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man, has shown improvements. He leaves his mark on games with his ability to block shots, but his offensive package continues to improve, as he's developing moves on the block and even a mid-range jumper. He's the top center prospect in the 2011 class and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential.
Schools Involved: Baylor, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and Villanova.