High School Photos of the Year
Center fielder Michael Burgess, a former AFLAC All-American, was selected with the No. 49 pick by the Washington Nationals in the MLB Draft on June 7. Burgess is poised to become the latest Hillsborough grad to go pro, joining fellow alums like Dwight Gooden, Carl Everett and Gary Sheffield.
After originally choosing Texas, John Brantley, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback reversed his decision and signed his letter of intent with Florida. The Gatorade National Football Player of the Year threw for 2,766 yards and 41 touchdowns this year and finished with a state-record 99 career touchdown passes.
Henning, a star at St. Anthony's, redefined the sport of throwing this year. The potential future Olympian set national records in the hammer and weight throw and a New York record in the shot put as a senior.
Rhamel and Shamel Bratton
Virginia-bound midfielders Shamel and Rhamel Bratton are twin brothers and the best two lacrosse players in the Class of 2007. Shamel finished with 57 goals and 19 assists, while Rhamel had 59 goals and 36 assists as Huntington went 20-1 and advanced to the state semifinals.
English has overcome chlorine-induced asthma to become one of the best swimmers in New Jersey history. At this year's Meet of Champions she won her fourth consecutive 100 back title, her first 50 free crown and helped lead two Montville relays to silver medal finishes.
Rising senior Tyreke Evans, shown here working out with trainer Lamont Peterson, is rated the nation's No. 2 baller in the Class of 2008 by RISE.
Participants in the inaugural Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic powered by RISE, including Kevin Love ('07), Brandon Jennings ('08) and Lance Stephenson ('09), gathered at Harlem's famed Rucker Park. The event, held for the first time in September of 2006, brought together the nation's top ballers regardless of grade or sneaker affiliation.
The Stanford-bound outside hitter was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after leading Mira Costa to a 37-1 record and the nation's No. 1 ranking. She tallied 513 kills and set school records for service aces (52) and hitting percentage (.494) as a senior while leading the Mustangs to their third consecutive state title.
Rickie Fowler is currently rated the nation's No. 2 boys' golfer in the American Junior Golf Association's Polo Rankings. An Oklahoma State signee, Fowler capped his illustrious high school career by winning the CIF-SCGA Southern California Championships this spring.
L.A. Baseball Players
Greater L.A. was a hotbed of baseball talent this spring as 11 players were included in the RISE Top 50. The best of the bunch included (from left): Matt Dominguez, Mike Moustakas, Ryan Dent (crouching), Josh Vitters, Christian Colon (crouching) and Freddie Freeman. Moustakas (2nd), Vitters (3rd) and Dominguez (12th) were all selected in the first round of this year's MLB Draft.
The Oaks Christian senior quarterback is rated the nation's No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2007 by RISE. Already enrolled at Notre Dame, Clausen tossed a state-record 146 touchdown passes during his career and led Oaks Christian to victory in the inaugural CIF Division III State Football Championship Bowl Game this past fall.
Dieng was selected as an NSCAA/adidas All-American in the fall of 2006 after scoring 29 goals and tallying 16 assists for Pike as a senior. Dieng, a Senegal native who notched 26 goals and 20 assists as a junior, was twice named Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year.
Jennings, a rising senior guard at national power Oak Hill is one of the country's most fun players to watch thanks to his electrifying handle and passing. Last year, he averaged 15.3 points and 11.5 assists per game.
Rising junior Matt Ladley is already one of the country's premier young snowboarders. A member of the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team, Air Ladley hopes to compete in the X Games one day, and even has his sights set on a spot on the 2010 or 2014 Olympic roster.
Corben Bone of Plano (Texas) is rated the nation's No. 3 senior recruit by RISE and was named the NSCAA/adidas Youth Player of the Year in 2006. A Wake Forest signee, Bone has traveled to four continents playing with various U.S. Junior National teams, including a trip to South Korea last fall with the U-20 team.
Beasley, the 6-foot-9 small forward out of Notre Dame Prep, finished the season ranked as the No. 3 baller in the Class of 2007 by RISE. The Kansas State signee, known for his powerful dunks and smooth left-handed jump shot, was named MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game in March.
Hiance was simply dominant in backstopping Highlands to back-to-back state titles her junior and senior seasons. The University of Kentucky-bound goalie was named Gatorade State Player of the Year this season after tying her own single-season state record with 20 shutouts.
Entering the 2006-07 season, the quartet of O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose and Bill Walker were among the top recruits in the Class of 2007. Walker graduated early and joined Kansas State before tearing his ACL, while the other three put together terrific senior seasons.
Moore is the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2007 and with good reason. This year, the UConn-bound forward was named Gatorade National Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American after averaging 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks per game to lead Collins Hill to its third consecutive state title.
Matt Allare of Kings won a fourth Division I state title this spring, becoming the first player in state history to win state championships in four consecutive seasons. An Ohio State signee, Allare won doubles titles as a freshman and sophomore and singles titles the past two seasons.
Austin is rated the nation's No. 1 defensive recruit in the Class of 2007 by RISE and showed just why this season. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder defensive tackle, who signed with North Carolina, led Ballou to the DCIAA title and finished with 83 tackles and 17 sacks.