In just its second year the SI All-American Boys Basketball Team features 15 of the top high school basketball players in the country broken up into three teams who, despite smaller sample sizes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have displayed exceptional dominance during the high school season. Each player has exhibited a level of play this season that will make them a household name at the next level and beyond.
We will unveil the First Team and Player of the Year on Friday.
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F: Jalen Duren, Montverde (Fla.) Academy, 2022
Why He’s an SI All-American: Duren was arguably the most dominant full-time paint scorer in easily the toughest league (National Interscholastic Basketball Conference) in the country. Duren averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2.4 blocks a game for the Eagles who won the GEICO Nationals title last week. Duren’s numbers are even more impressive considering he plays on a roster loaded with more than eight high major Division I prospects.
F: Jabari Smith Jr., Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.), 2021
Why He’s an SI All-American: Smith is one of the most versatile forwards in the country and used his wide array of skills to lead the Patriots to a state runner-up finish, averaging 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks a game. Smith’s dominance was a carryover from a dominant summer running with the Atlanta Celtics.
CG: Hunter Sallis, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.), 2021
Why He’s an SI All-American: Sallis is one of the most dangerous guards in the country because of his size (6-6), length (6-10 wingspan) and versatility. Those attributes helped him dominate this season to the tune of 22 points, five rebounds and four assists a game en route to leading Millard North to a state title.
PG: JD Davison, Calhoun (Letohatchee, Ala.), 2021
Why He’s an SI All-American: Davison set the tone for his senior season with a career-high 57-point outing in the season opener. From there he continued his dominance to the tune of 32 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals a game. That was a carryover from the summer where he dominated in select tournaments against the country's top guards. Davison managed 15 double-doubles and posted 40 or more points in seven games this season.
PG: TyTy Washington, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), 2021
Why He’s an SI All-American: Washington had a dominant run this season, averaging 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists a game to lead the Dragons to a 27-2 record. Washington had some of his best games against the country’s best teams, participating in the NIBC. Washington led Compass to the Final Four at GEICO Nationals, averaging 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists a game.