All-Time Underclass Player of the Year Honorees

All-time national player of the year coach honorees among juniors, sophomores and freshmen going back to 1970 as selected by the editors of HighSchoolHardwood.com.

 

Juniors:

2013 — Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 6-9 C

2012 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 6-8 F

2011 — Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) 6-9 C

2010 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.) 6-3 G

2009 — Brandon Knight, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-3 G

2008 — Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-5 G

2007 — Delvon Roe, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 6-8 F

2006 — O.J. Mayo, North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-5 G

2005 — Greg Oden, Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) 7-0 C

2004 — Louis Williams, South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) 6-2 G

2003 — Sebastian Telfair, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-0 PG

2002 — LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 6-7 G

2001 — Shavlick Randolph, Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) 6-9 F

2000 — Tyson Chandler, Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) 7-0 C

1999 — DeShawn Stevenson, Washington (Easton, Calif.) 6-5 G

1998 — Marvin Stone, Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) 6-9 F

1997 — Jaron Rush, Pembroke Hill (Kansas City, Mo.) 6-5 F

1996 — Anthony Perry, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 6-3 G

1995 — Tim Thomas, Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) 6-9 F

1994 — Stephon Marbury, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-2 PG

1993 — Allen Iverson, Bethel (Hampton, Va.) 6-1 PG

1992 — Randy Livingston, Isidore Newman (New Orleans, La.) 6-4 PG

1991 — Jason Kidd, St. Joseph (Alameda, Calif.) 6-4 PG

1990 — Chris Webber, Detroit Country Day (Birmingham, Mich.) 6-10 C

1989 — Ed O’Bannon, Artesia (Lakewood, Calif.) 6-9 F

1988 — Kenny Anderson, Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, N.Y.) 6-1 PG

1987 — Alonzo Mourning, Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.) 6-10 C

1986 — Lloyd “Swee’Pea” Daniels, Andrew Jackson (Queens, N.Y.) 6-8 G

1985 — J.R. Reid, Kempsville (Virginia Beach, Va.) 6-10 C

1984 — Ben Wilson, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 6-8 F

1983 — Danny Manning, Page (Greensboro, N.C.) 6-11 F

1982 — Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-2 PG

1981 — Bruce Douglas, Quincy (Quincy, Ill.) 6-3 G

1980 — Patrick Ewing, Rindge & Latin (Cambridge, Mass.) 7-0 C

1979 — Earl Jones, Mount Hope (Mount Hope, W.Va.) 7-0 C

1978 — Ralph Sampson, Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) 7-3 C

1977 — Dwight Anderson, Roth (Dayton, Ohio) 6-3 G

1976 — Albert King, Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-6 F

1975 — Darrell Griffith, Male (Louisville, Ky.) 6-4 G

1974 — Bill Cartwright, Elk Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 7-0 C

1973 — Moses Malone, Petersburg (Petersburg, Va.) 6-10 C

1972 — Cliff Pondexter, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) 6-7 F

1971 — Robert Parish, Woodlawn (Shreveport, La.) 7-0 C

1970 — Raymond Lewis, Verbum Dei (Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-1 G

Sophomores:

2013 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) 6-3 G

2012 — Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) 6-7 F

2011 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 6-7 F

2010 — Perry Ellis, Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) 6-8

2009 — Michael Gilchrist, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) 6-7 F

2008 — DeShaun Thomas, Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 6-7 F

2007 — Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-5 G

2006 — Tyreke Evans, American Christian (Aston, Pa.) 6-4 G

2005 — O.J. Mayo, North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-4 G

2004 — Greg Oden, Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) 7-0 C

2003 — Monta Ellis, Lanier (Jackson, Miss.) 6-3 SG

2002 — Sebastian Telfair, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-0 PG

2001 — LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 6-6 G

2000 — Anthony Roberson, Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.) 6-1 G

1999 — Dajuan Wagner, Camden (Camden, N.J.) 6-2 G

1998 — Marcus Taylor, Waverly (Lansing, Mich.) 6-3 G

1997 — Keith Bogans, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 6-4 G

1996 — Jason Thomas, Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) 6-5 F

1995 — Vernon “Schea” Cotton, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-5 F

1994 — Tim Thomas, Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) 6-9 F

1993 — Terrance Roberson, Buena Vista (Saginaw, Mich.) 6-8 F

1992 — Luis Felipe Lopez, Rice (New York, N.Y.) 6-4 SG

1991 — Rasheed Wallace, Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, Pa.) 6-10 F

1990 — Donta Bright, Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) 6-5 F

1989 — Chris Webber, Detroit Country Day (Birmingham, Mich.) 6-9 C

1988 — Darrin Hancock, Griffin (Griffin, Ga.) 6-6 F

1987 — Kenny Anderson, Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, N.Y.) 6-0 PG

1986 — Alonzo Mourning, Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.) 6-9 C

1985 — Brian Shorter, Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, Pa.) 6-6 F

1984 — Trevor Wilson, Cleveland (Reseda, Calif.) 6-7 F

1983 — Lowell Hamilton, Providence-St. Mel (Chicago, Ill.) 6-6 F

1982 — Duane Ferrell, Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) 6-5 F

1981 — Winston Bennett, Male (Louisville, Ky.) 6-5 F

1980 — Curtis Hunter, Southern (Durham, N.C.) 6-5 F

1979 — Pat Ewing, Rindge & Latin (Cambridge, Mass.) 6-11 C

1978 — Earl Jones, Mount Hope (Mount Hope, W.Va.) 7-0 C

1977 — Antoine Carr, Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) 6-8 C

1976 — Cornelius Thompson, Middletown (Middletown, Conn.) 6-6 F

1975 — Wayne McKoy, Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.) 6-8 F

Freshmen:

2013 — Eron Gordon, North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) 6-2 G

2012 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) 6-2 G

2011 — Dakari Johnson, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) 6-10 C

2010 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) 6-6 F

2009 — DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-Dewitt (Dewitt, N.Y.) 6-8 C

2008 — Tony Wroten Jr., Garfield (Seattle, Wash.) 6-3 G

2007 — Brandon Knight, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-3 G

2006 — Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-4 G

2005 — Tyreke Evans, American Christian (Aston, Pa.) 6-4 G

2004 — O.J. Mayo, North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-4 G

2003 — Demond Carter, Reserve Christian (Laplace, La.) 5-10 G

2002 — Tasmin Mitchell, Denham Springs (Denham Springs, La.) 6-7 F

2001 — Sebastian Telfair, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 5-11 PG

2000 — LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 6-5 G

1999 — Sheldon Williams, Midwest City (Midwest City, Okla.) 6-6 F

1998 — Dajuan Wagner, Camden (Camden, N.J.) 6-1 G

1997 — Marcus Taylor, Waverly (Lansing, Mich.) 6-2 G

1996 — Marvin Stone, Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) 6-9 F

1995 — Jaron Rush, Pembroke Hill (Kansas City, Mo.) 6-5 F

1994 — Vernon “Schea” Cotton, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-5 F

1993 — Ronnie Fields, Farragut Academy (Chicago, Ill.) 6-1 G

1992 — Stephon Marbury, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-0 PG

1991 — Luis Felipe Lopez, Rice (New York, N.Y.) 6-4 SG

1990 — Rashard Griffith, King (Chicago, Ill.) 6-11 C

1989 — Roderick Rhodes, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 6-5 F

1988 — Chris Webber, Detroit Country Day (Birmingham, Mich.) 6-8 C

1987 — Damon Bailey, North Lawrence (Bedford, Ind.) 6-1 G

1986 — Kenny Anderson, Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, N.Y.) 5-11 PG

1985 — Anthony Peeler, Paseo (Kansas City, Mo.) 6-3 G

1984 — Barry Young, Mt. Hebron (Ellicott City, Md.) 6-7 F

1983 — Nick Anderson, Prosser (Chicago, Ill.) 6-2 G

1982 — Greg “Boo” Harvey, Jackson (Queens, N.Y.) 5-11 G

1981 — Billy King, Sterling Park (Fairfax, Va.) 6-5 F

1980 — Winston Bennett, Male (Louisville, Ky.) 6-4 F

1979 — Patrick Ford, Cass Tech (Detroit, Mi.) 6-4 F

1978 — Manual Forrest, Moore (Louisville, Ky.) 6-5 F

1977 — Earl Jones, Mount Hope (Mount Hope, W.Va.) 6-10 C

Senior Player of the Year:
(If different than Mr. Basketball USA pick)

2002 — Carmelo Anthony, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 6-7 F

1964 — Westley Unseld, Seneca (Louisville, Ky.) 6-7 C

1957 — Tony Jackson, Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-4 F

Note: ESPN selections 2010-2012; EA SPORTS selections 2003-2009; Student Sports selections prior to 2003; Selections are based on high school accomplishment, not future college/pro potential, and are reflective of those that lead their teams to state championships. The editors of HighSchoolHardwood.com do not knowingly select fifth-year players, and those ineligible due to age or academics, Mr. Basketball USA or to its various All-American teams.

Ronnie Flores is the editor of HighSchoolHardwood.com. He can be reached at ronnie@studentsports.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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