The inaugural SI All-American Boys Basketball Team features 15 of the top high school basketball players in the country broken up into three teams who 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.
Prospect: Cade Cunningham
Status: SI All-American First Team
Vitals: 6-foot-7, 215 pounds
Position: Point Guard
School: Montverde (Fla.) Academy
Signed to: Oklahoma State
Why He’s an SI All-American: Cunningham was the engine that drove the Eagles to a 25-0 record and a consensus No. 1 ranking in the country. The run-away favorite to win GEICO Nationals this season, Cunningham’s Eagles were so good the buzz was getting louder all season that they were potentially the best team ever. Despite playing alongside five other SI All-American nominees, Cunningham averaged 14 points, while shooting 47 percent from the three-point line, five rebounds and five assists a game despite playing half the game most times. The Eagles beat teams by an average of 40 points a game. During the summer, Cunningham was named MVP of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League after averaging 23.8 points, seven rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Texas Titans.
What He Said: “It's really an honor to be considered for the first team and I'm extremely thankful for being picked to the team. This selection is going to give me more motivation to work even harder to prove Sports Illustrated right about me.”