Seven high school seniors in California, plus one underclassman, have been named Sports Illustrated All-American candidates.
The SI99 is an inaugural ranking of Sports Illustrated's top senior high school basketball players in the country. The prospects who made the cut earn the distinction of being named a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate. Five elite underclassmen were also selected as All-American candidates, but are not reflected in the SI99.
California's seven SI99 honorees rank second among all states behind Florida, which boasts a whopping 14 players on the list. Georgia and Texas, with six prospects each, tie for third. North Carolina is the only other state where more than four SI99 honorees are playing high school basketball this season.
For a breakdown of which of the 99 nominees have verbally committed to or are considering major schools in the Pac-12 as their college choice, head to:
Video highlights, scouting analyses and a list of each player’s college verbal commitment and/or top college contenders can be found on their bio pages at SIAllAmerican.com.
The California honorees are:
- Nathan Bittle – 6-11 / 200 / C from Napa, Calif.
- Wilhelm Breidenbach – 6-8 / 205 / C from Santa Ana, Calif.
- Reese Dixon-Waters – 6-5 / 180 / SF from Los Angeles. Calif.
- Jahmai Mashack – 6-4 / 180 / SG from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
- Isael Silva – 6-3 / 175 / PG from Carmichael, Calif.
- Malik Thomas – 6-3 / 190 / SG from La Verne, Calif.
- Peyton Watson – 6-6 / 180 / SF from Long Beach. Calif.
- Amari Bailey – 6-4 / 170 / SG from Chatsworth, Calif. (junior)
Hundreds and hundreds of student-athletes were evaluated for the SI99—Sports Illustrated’s ranking of the top-99 senior high school basketball players in the country—before the list of All-American candidates was finalized.
The SI99 was unveiled on Dec. 2, accompanied by lists of prospects ordered by state and college choice/contenders. Position rankings, in-depth videos on top-rated players and more will be released throughout the remainder of December. Sports Illustrated’s final All-American teams for the 2020-21 prep hoops season will be announced in coming months.