In just its second year the SI All-American Boys Basketball Team features 15 of the top high school basketball players in the country broken up into three teams who, despite smaller sample sizes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.
We will unveil the Second Team on Thursday and the First Team and Player of the Year on Friday.
SG: Caleb Houstan, Montverde (Fla.) Academy, 2021
Why He’s an SI All-American: Houstan was the lone starter who returned this season from what drew consistent buzz as the best high school basketball team ever assembled last year. He thrived away from the shadows of his former teammates, averaging 16 points a game, despite playing alongside a roster stocked with eight high major Division I prospects. Last week he led the Eagles with 16 points to claim the GEICO Nationals title.
CG: Skyy Clark, Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.), 2022
Why He’s an SI All-American: Clark began his dominant tear during the summer, posting 18 points and six assists a game despite playing with and against other elite players. He dominated in his first season in a new state, averaging 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds a game for the Tigers.
PG: Scoot Henderson, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2022
Why He’s an SI All-American: Over the last year, Henderson proved to be one of the most dominant point guards in the country, regardless of class. He started out by dominating the pandemic summer with Game Elite (Ga.), averaging 28 points, six assists and six rebounds a game. He continued his dominant tear this season averaging 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists a game, playing against some of the top players in the junior and senior classes. Henderson led Kell to the state title game.
SG: Matt Cleveland, Pace Academy (Atlanta), 2021
College: Florida State
Why He’s an SI All-American: Cleveland opened the pandemic summer with a dominant showing at the prestigious OnTheRadarHoops event, averaging 32 points a game. He managed to keep the dominant pace during the high school season, averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds a game en route to leading the Knights to a state title, 28-1 record and a GEICO Nationals berth.
F: Daimion Collins, Atlanta (Texas), 2021
Why He’s an SI All-American: Collins is one of the most explosive frontcourt athletes in the country, who uses his combination of strength and versatility to dominate the opposition. This season, Collins averaged 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, seven assists, and 6.2 blocks a game.