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: Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Status: SI All-American Third Team
Vitals: 6-foot-9, 200 pounds
Position: Small Forward
School: Hamilton (Sussex, Wis.)
Schools of Interest: Duke, North Carolina, UW-Milwaukee, Kansas, Kentucky, among many others
Why He’s an SI All-American: Baldwin followed up a dominant summer on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, widely regarded as the most grueling of the major shoe circuits, by averaging 24.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game for the Chargers who finished 22-3 this season.
Baldwin lived up to the proverbial hype after averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds a game with Phenom U (Wis.) in the EYBL, despite playing alongside multiple elite players on the wing. Baldwin is the son of UW-Milwaukee head coach Patrick Sr. and the checks off all the boxes associated with the fundamentally sound coach’s son label.
What He Said: “It’s really crazy to think about all these things that are happening now. I just remember coming into the season thinking solely about winning basketball games, now that the season is over and I’ve been selected as an SI All-American I just see this as an added bonus to the season that I and my team had. It’s really special to be selected as an SI All-American."