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High School Hoop stars choose Kentucky Blue
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-Don’t be mad at him. But, Kentucky’s John Calipri continues to persuade the top notch high school ballers in the country to pack up their bags and head to the bluegrass state in order to play basketball in the SEC. And with the recent, five year, $80 million extension given to the 2011 No.1 draft pick John Wall, a former Wildcats, by the Washington Wizards, several other high school hoopers will probably be signing up in order to be part of Calipri’s seemingly college to the pros assemble line.
Therefore, one shouldn’t be surprised, that six of the top 20 high schoolers from the class of 2013, according to SlamMagazine, will be sporting Kentucky blue this fall.
They include the Texas trio of Julius Randle, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, along with 6-10 center Dakari Johnson from Montverde High School in Florida and 6’9 power forward Marcus Lee from Deer Valley High School in California.
With so such talent, Calipri has a difficult tasks finding enough basketball to pass around, while trying to develop chemistry between so many high ranking players.
It should be interesting to see, but extremely fun to watch.
Below are the rest of the best high school ballers in the game.
1 Andrew Wiggins 6-8 SF Huntington Prep (WV) Kansas
2 Jabari Parker 6-8 SF Simeon (IL) Duke
3 Julius Randle 6-9 PF Prestonwood (TX) Kentucky .
4 Andrew Harrison 6-5 PG Travis (TX) Kentucky
5 Aaron Gordon 6-9 PF Archbishop Mitty (CA) Arizona
6 Aaron Harrison 6-5 SG Travis (TX) Kentucky
7 Noah Vonleh 6-8 PF New Hampton (NH) Indiana
8 James Young 6-6 SF Rochester (MI) Kentucky
9 Chris Walker 6-10 PF Holmes County (FL) Florida
11 Wayne Selden 6-5 SG Tilton (NH) Kansas
12 Dakari Johnson 6-10 C Montverde (FL) Kentucky
13 Jarell Martin 6-8 PF Madison Prep (LA) LSU
14 Bobby Portis 6-10 PF Hall (AR) Arkansas
15 Austin Nichols 6-8 PF Briarcrest Christian (TN)
16 Isaiah Hicks 6-8 PF Webb (NC) North Carolina
17 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6-7 SF Chester (PA) Arizona
18 Marcus Lee 6-9 PF Deer Valley (CA) Kentucky
19 Rysheed Jordan 6-3 PG Robert Vaux (PA) St. John’s
20 Isaac Hamilton 6-5 SG St. John Bosco (CA) UTEP
21 Zak Irvin 6-6 SF Hamilton Southeastern (IN) Michigan
22 Anthony Barber 6-2 PG Hampton (VA) South Carolina
23 Jabari Bird 6-6 SG Salesian (CA) California
24 Jermaine Lawrence 6-9 PF Pope John XXII (NJ) Cincinnati
25 Nigel Williams-Goss 6-3 PG Findlay (NV) Washington
26 Joel Embiid 7-0 C Rock School (FL) Kansas
27 Kuran Iverson 6-8 SF Fishburne (VA) Memphis
28 Demetrius Jackson 6-1 PG Marian (IN) Notre Dame .
29 Robert Hubbs 6-5 SG Dyer County (TN) Tennessee
30 Tyler Ennis 6-2 PG St. Benedict’s (NJ) Syracuse
31 JaJuan Johnson 6-5 SG Southwinnd (TN) Marquette
32 Keith Frazier 6-5 SG Kimball (TX) SMU .
33 Derrick Walton 6-0 PG Chandler Park (MI) Michigan
34 Matt Jones 6-4 SG DeSoto (TX) Duke
35 Tyler Roberson 6-7 PF Roselle (NJ) Syracuse
36 Semi Ojeleye 6-6 SF Ottawa (KS) Duke
37 Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-6 SF DeSoto (TX) Florida State
38 Brannen Greene 6-6 SG Tift (GA) Kansas
39 Eric Mika 6-9 C Lone Peak (UT) BYU
40 Jordan Mickey 6-8 PF Prime Prep (TX) LSU
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass C0mmunications with a concentration in Radion and Television and minor in History with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currenlty the Editor and Chief at Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon Here Comes The Hater featuring “Bobbee Bee.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com