One high school basketball player in New York, forward A.J. Griffin from Archbishop Stepinac High School (White Plains), has been named to the SI99, an inaugural ranking of Sports Illustrated's top senior high school basketball players in the country. The 99 prospects who made the cut earn the distinction of being named a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate.
Griffin, 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds, committed to Duke in November of his junior season. The son of Toronto Raptors assistant coach and former NBA veteran Adrian Griffin, he chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Michigan and Villanova, among others.
Fourteen prospects on the SI99 attend high school in Florida, the most of any state. California comes in second with seven players, while Georgia and Texas are tied as the states with the third-most SIAA candidates, boasting six players each. North Carolina (five prospects) is the only other state where more than four student-athletes on the SI99 are playing high school basketball this season.
For a breakdown of which of the 99 nominees have verbally committed to or are considering schools in the Big East as their college choice, head to:
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. 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 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.