USA TODAY High School Sports Unveils 2012 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Basketball Team
Forward Jabari Parker of Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) and guard Kasey Hill of Monteverde Academy (Fla.) are lone ALL-USA returnees
–Point guard Tyus Jones of Apple Valley (Minn.) and center Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) Debut on Team as Juniors–
MCLEAN, Va. , Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — USA TODAY High School Sports, the nation’s leading source for high school sports news and information, today unveiled the 2012 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Basketball Team, spotlighting the most promising talent in the U.S. for the upcoming season.
Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, Ill.) senior Jabari Parker, a 6-8 forward who led his school to a third consecutive 4A state title with an average of 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season, is one of two returning players from last season’s All-USA team. The other is Montverde Academy (Fla.) senior guard Kasey Hill, a 6-0 University of Florida recruit who helped the Eagles to a runner-up finish at last season’s National High School Invitational with an average of 14.0 points and 6.8 assists per game.
The full 2012 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Basketball Team appears in today’s print edition of USA TODAY and is also available online at http://www.usatodayhss.com. The American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team and its year-end player and coach awards have been given out annually since 1982 and are considered the highest such honors in high school sports.
Two juniors–Tyus Jones of Apple Valley (Minn.) and Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) –are the sole non-seniors on this year’s Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Basketball Team. Jones, a 6-2 point guard, averaged 28.1 points, eight assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game last season to lead his team to a runner-up finish in the Class 4A Section 3 tournament. Okafor, a 6-10 center, led Whitney Young to a state semifinal finish by averaging 24.8 points and 12.6 rebounds. He was also named MVP of the FIBA U17 World Championship.
Also leading the ALL-USA team are Kentucky-bound twin brothers Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison of Travis (Richmond, Texas). Aaron is a 6-5 shooting guard, while Andrew is a 6-5 point guard. They teamed up to lead the Tigers to a state 5A runner-up finish last year. Aaron averaged 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.7 assists while Andrew averaged 12.1 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Two reclassified seniors – Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Noah Vonleh of New Hampton School (Haverhill, Mass.) — have also been named to the preseason team. Wiggins, a 6-7 small forward and native of Toronto who averaged 24.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, was the MVP of the Nike Hoop Summit. Vonleh, a 6-8 power forward, was named MVP of last season’s Adidas Nations Tournament.
In all, 10 players from seven states are represented on this year’s preseason ALL-USA squad, with the highest representation coming from Texas with three players selected. Illinois placed two players.
Following is the complete listing of this year’s Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Basketball Team, as determined by USA TODAY High School Sports. For more information on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team, visit http://www.usatodayhss.com.
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Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Basketball Team
School Position Ht/Wt Year College Player Selection Aaron Gordon Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) PF 6-8, 210 Senior Undecided Aaron Harrison Travis (Richmond, Texas) SG 6-5, 205 Senior Kentucky Andrew Harrison Travis (Richmond, Texas) PG 6-5, 205 Senior Kentucky Kasey Hill Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) PG 6-0, 170 Senior Florida Tyus Jones Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) PG 6-2, 170 Junior Undecided Jahlil Okafor Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) C 6-10, 270 Junior Undecided Jabari Parker Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) PF 6-8, 225 Senior Undecided Julius Randle Prestonwood Christian (Plano,?Texas) PF 6-8, 235 Senior Undecided Noah Vonleh New Hampton School (Haverhill, Mass) PF 6-8, 222 Senior Undecided Andrew Wiggins Huntington Prep (W.Va.) SF 6-7, 190 Senior Undecided
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