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SoCalHoops Recruiting News

Blue Ribbon College Basketball
Yearbook HS All-Americans--(Oct. 29, 1999)

Each year, the Blue Ribbon College Yearbook, considered by many to be the bible of information for college hoops, with great team and player profiles, coaching information, and just a ton of information, features it's own selections of "Blue Ribbon All-Americans" from the college ranks.  They also feature their selections of "High School All-Americans." 

We're not going to post up the entire list of selections for the Blue Ribbon High School All-Americans;  if you want to see the whole thing, you'll have to purchase the Yearbook, which is well worth it.  You can order it online by using this link, or you can try to find it on newsstands (although candidly, we have not seen it on the newsstands around LA in years, and that's probably because it gets snapped up right away; so if you want a copy, the best way to get one is to order it online).

Brick Oettinger of The Sporting News and Prep Stars Recruiter's Handbook selects the "Ben Wilson 44" which is Blue Ribbon's top list of high school prospects, the truly elite players from all over the U.S.  This year, the list of 44 (consisting of a First, Second and Third Team, and "Other Top 44 Members" featured 30 seniors, 5 prep school players, and 9 juniors.  There were no freshmen or sophomores on the list.  

Why does Blue Ribbon call it the "Ben Wilson High School Top 44?"

Ben Wilson was Blue Ribbon's 1984-85 Co-High School Player of the Year.  In that same year, he died tragically, a victim of a shooting outside his high school campus.

As a junior he led Chicago's Simeon High School to the Illinois State Championship.  In the summer of '84, he was selected as the top player at the ABCD Camp in Princeton, NJ., (back when it was known as "Nike/ABCD," before Sonny Vacarro took the camp over to adidas).   Wilson finished the summer as the highest rated player, and entered his senior year regarded by most as the top high school senior in the country.  Just a few days before the first game of his senior year, Ben Wilson was shot,  less than a block from his high school campus.  He died in a Chicago hospital less than a day later.  

Blue Ribbon has this to say about Ben Wilson: "Anyone who saw Wilson play knows he would have gone on to become one of the all-time greats to ever come out of Chicago.  His memory is yet another reminder of the toll random, senseless violence has taken on us all.  It is in the memory of Ben Wilson that the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook again dedicates its High School Top 44."

Named to the "First Team" of the Top 44 from SoCal were Tyson Chandler (7'-0" Jr. C) from Compton Dominguez (one of the few juniors overall ) and DeShawn Stevenson (6'-5" Sr. SG/SF) who has verbally committed to Kansas. 

There were no SoCal players on the "Second Team" but for all you USC fans out there (and Indiana and Duke fans too), Jared Jeffries (6'-10" Sr. PF) from Bloomington was named to the Second Team.

The Third team likewise didn't feature any SoCal (nor any other California) players, and indeed there was no one from the West Coast on it either.  

The "Other Top 44 Members" only included two SoCal players: Travon Bryant (6'-8" Sr. PF) from LB Jordan, who is going to select from among Cal, Kansas, Missouri, USC, and a few others; and Omar Weaver (6'-7" Sr. SG) from Compton Centennial, who is reportedly looking at several different schools, including Fresno State. 

Blue Ribbon then featured it's "100 More Stars of the Future" as a part of their All-American selections.  The list of 100 featured the following players from Southern California:

Blue Ribbon's "100 More Stars of the Future" from SoCal:

DeAngelo Collins (6'-9" So. PF) Inglewood
Apolinar Fernandez (6'-9" Jr. F) Artesia
Gabriel Hughes (6'-10" Sr. C) New Hampton Prep (formerly of Bishop Montgomery)
Teyo Johnson (6'-7" Sr. PF) Mira Mesa
Brennan Martin (6'-7" Sr. SF/SG) Trabuco Hills
Jack Martinez (6'-8" Jr. F) Artesia
Jamal Sampson (6'-11" Jr. C) Mater Dei
Wesley Stokes (5'-10" Sr. PG) Long Beach Poly
Andrew Zahn (6'-9" Sr. PF/C) Redondo Union

Blue Ribbon selected an  "Honorable Mention High School All-America Team" (compiled by David Benezra and Mark Mayemura of Recruiting USA) consisting of approximately 400 more players from all over the country (49 States and the District of Columbia).  We're not going to reprint the entire list, but we'll just tell you who was selected from Southern California, since this is, after all "SoCalHoops."

Blue Ribbon's Honorable Mention HS All-American Team (SoCal Players Only)

Senior All-Americans
(Honorable Mention)
Sophomore All-Americans
(Honorable Mention)
Deshawn Anderson (6'-1" Sr. SG) Fresno Washington Union
Jacoby Atako (6'-1" PG) Santa Monica

Nick Booker (6'-6" SF/SG) Bishop's
Keith Brooks (6'-5" PF) Compton Dominguez
Doyle Cole (6'-5" SG) Gardena Serra
Jesse Foster (6'-7" SF) Campbell Hall
Branduinn Fullove (6'-5" SG/SF) Simi Valley
Amon Gordon (6'-4" SG) Mira Mesa
Jason Grier (6'-2" SG) Heritage Christian
Michael Hall (6'-3" SG) San Bernardino Pacific
E.J. Harris (6'-3" PG) Crenshaw
Jammie Harris (6'-6" SF/PF) Cleveland

Andre Hazel (6'-0" PG) Artesia
Cedric Thompkins (6'-7" PF/SF) Westchester
Larry Johnson (6'-4" SG) Compton Dominguez

Tommie Johnson (6'-4" SG) Crenshaw
David Joiner (6'-7" SF) Rialto

Will Kimble (6'-9" PF/C) San Bernardino Pacific
Brock Kyler (6'-7" PF/SF) El Modena
Russell Lakey (6'-0" PG) Harvard-Westlake

Michah McKinney (6'-3" SG/PG) Compton Dominguez
Brett Michel (6'-6" SF/SG) Simi Valley

Steve Miller (6'-3" SG) Anaheim
Ryan Mollins (6'-4" SG/SF) Redondo Union
Eugene Moore (6'-8" PF/SF) LA Washington
Steve Moore (6'-2" SG) Compton Dominguez
Jason Morrissette (6'-5" SG/SF) Fairfax
Ellis Myles (6'-7" SF) Compton Centennial
James Phillips (6'-4" SG/SF) Temecula Valley
James Profit (6'-6" SF/SG) San Diego Serra
Brian Pruitt (6'-5" SG/SF) Bishop Montgomery
Allan Purnell (6'-3" SG) Savanna

Lamar Ruffin (6'-7" SF/PF) Murrieta Valley
Aerick Sanders (6'-10" C) Gardena Serra

Steve Scoggin (6'-1" SG) Mater Dei
Jonathon Steven (6'-5" SG/SF) Esperanza
Joe Travis (6'-9" PF) Long Beach Poly
Chris Walton (6'-8" PF) USDHS
Kam Walton (6'-8" PF/SF) USDHS
Demiel Ware (6'-5" SG/SF) Arlington
Alfred Williams (6'-3" SG/PG) Bakersfield
DeMarcus Williams (6'-8" PF/C) Upland

Felipe Williams (6'-3" SG) Crossroads
Matt Winter (6'-3" PG/SG) Heritage Christian
D.J. Wyatt (5'-7" PG) Gardena Serra
Evan Burns (6'-6" PF) Fairfax
Chad Carter (6'-7" PF) Arlington
Tim Drisdom (6'-3" PG/SG) Calvary Chapel Downey
David Gale (6'-0" PG) Buckley
Patrick Haddan (6'-0" PG) Mater Dei
Tye Jaun Hatter (6'-5" SF/SG) Upland
Bobby Jones (6'-3" SG) Compton Dominguez
Franklin Matos (6'-3" SG/PG) Artesia
Jason McKinney (5'-10" PG) Westchester
J.R. Reese (6'-3" SG) Corona Centennial
Charlie Rodrizuez (6'-7" PF) Clovis West
Darius Sanders (6'-4"  PF) Compton Dominguez
Will Sheslow (6'-0" SG/PG) Montclair Prep
Thomas Shewmake (6'-8" SF/PF) Cathedral City
Jon Steffanson (6'-5" SG/SF) Artesia
Mikey Strawberry (6'-3" SG/SF) Mater Dei
Jamaal Walls (6'-6" PF/C) Crenshaw
Donald Wilson (6'-2' SG) LA Dorsey
Adam Zahn (6'-9" SF/SG) Redondo Union
Junior All Americans
(Honorable Mention)
Freshmen All Americans
(Honorable Mention)
Brian Baker (6'-0" PG/SG) Mater Dei
Torin Beeler (6'-5" SF/SG) Calvary Chapel Santa Ana
Chad Bell (6'-11" C) Westchester

Scott Borchart (6'-8" PF) Chaminade
Cedric Bozeman (6'-4" PG/SG) Mater Dei
Jason Braxton (6'-1" PG/SG) Canyon Springs

Jason Burrell (6'-2" PG/SG) Etiwanda
Josh Childress (6'-5" SG) Mayfair
Sean Cole (6'-6" SF) Pacific Hills
Errick Craven (6'-3" SG/SF) Bishop Montgomery
Derrick Craven (6'-3" SG/SF) Bishop Montgomery
Nick Curtis (6'-7" PF) Oxnard
Anthony Davis (6'-4" SG/SF) Cleveland

Kenny D'Oyen (5'-9" PG) Bishop Montgomery
Eddie Draughan (6'-6" SF/SG) Mayfair
Josh Dunaj (6'-0" PG) Riverside Poly
Kyle Egkan (6'-8" F) Villa Park
Keilon Fortune (5'-11" PG) Compton Dominguez

Isaiah Fox (6'-9" PF) Crossroads
Alex Graham (6'-11" C) Redlands
Chris Hernandez (6'-1" PG) Clovis West
Damon Jenkins (6'-2" SG) Dos Pueblos
James Jenkins (6'-7" PF/SF) Crescenta Valley
Phillip Johnbson (6'-11" C) Arroyo Grande
Matt MacGinnis (6'-3" SG) Villa Park

Kris Maxey (6'-2" SG) Lake Elsinore
Shaun Michel (6'-2" PG) Simi Valley
David Newkirk (6'-5" SF) Maranatha
Floyd North (6'-3" SG) Helix
Rory O'Neil (6'-10" PF) Ridgecrest Burroughs
Cody Pearson (6'-3" SG/SF) Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Ryan Reyes (6'-1" SG/PG) Artesia
Marcus Shelby (6'-3" SG) St. Monica
Craig Smigh (6'-6" SF/PF) Fairfax
David Sybesma (6'-4" SG) Corona Centennial
Dijon Thompson (6'-6" SF) Redondo Union

Dustin Villepigue (6'-9" PF/SF) Simi Valley
Wes Wardrop (6'-3" SG) Villa Park
Bryan Williams (6'-2" SG) Corona Centennial
Jamaal Williams (6'-7" SF/PF) Corona Centennial
Skyler Wilson (5'-10" PG) La Quinta
Jarrod Boswell (6'-9" C) San Deigo El Capitan
Richard Cobbs (6'-5" SG/SF) Canyon Springs
Robert Locke (6'-0" SG/PG) Campbell Hall
Trevonte Nelson (5'-10" PG) Fontana
Sean Phaler (6'-8" F) Villa Park
Harrison Schaen (6'-7" PF/SF) Mater Dei
Westley Washington (6'-2" SG/PG) Fontana

Derrick Williams (6'-3" SG) Campbell Hall
Trayvon Williams (6'-4" SG/SF) Fontana

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