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: Josh Christopher
Status: SI All-American Third Team
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 215 pounds
Position: Shooting Guard
School: Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.)
Schools of Interest: UCLA, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona State, among many others
Why He’s an SI All-American: Christopher solidified his standing as one of the country’s top scoring guard this season, averaging 29.2 points, eight rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game for the Monsoons. Christopher managed the high point total despite playing in the backcourt with another elite scoring guard in Syracuse commit Dior Johnson (25 ppg.). Christopher possesses a special blend of elite athleticism and scoring ability plus a motor that stays in overdrive. Christopher is the ultimate competitor and carries himself like he’s the best player on the court, no matter who’s playing.
What He Said: “It’s a blessing from God to be recognized as a Sports Illustrated All-American because the franchise has roots, history and prestige in the basketball world. It shows that the hard work is paying off! It’s also an honor to be honored alongside the other elite talents. They deserve all the awards they receive too, and I wish nothing but the best for each one of them.”