Right this moment we honor our underclass gamers of the 12 months Tre Johnson (Juniors), Cameron Boozer (Sophomores) and Caleb Gaskin (Freshmen) together with Nationwide Coach of the 12 months Pat Clatchey of Mt. St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.). These gamers together with 2022-23 Mr. Basketball USA Cameron Boozer will headline the twenty ninth Annual Elite All-American Staff.
2022-23 Mr. Basketball USA: Cameron Boozer, Columbus (Miami,Fla.) 6-9 F Soph.
The son of 1999 second 5 Elite Staff All-American Carlos Boozer of Juneau-Douglas (Juneau, Alaska), he’s the fourth non-senior nationwide participant of the 12 months and the primary ever tenth-grader. In two highschool seasons, Boozer has led Columbus to back-to-back FHSAA Class 7A state titles and two a pair of ultimate FAB 50 nationwide rankings. To view the total Mr. Basketball USA launch, the Mr. Basketball Tracker voting outcomes, and feedback from Boozer, CLICK HERE.
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2023 Nationwide Junior of the 12 months: Tre Johnson, Lake Highlands (Dallas, Texas) 6-5 G
This highly-regarded wing had lofty particular person and workforce expectations within the preseason and he greater than lived as much as them, main the Wildcats to the UIL Class 6A state crown with a game-high 29 factors and eight rebounds in a 55-44 victory over FAB 50 ranked Beaumont United. For the season, Johnson led Lake Highlands to a 34-3 document and No. 8 FAB 50 rating with just one in-state loss by averaging 21.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.7 spg. Johnson shot 53 % (272-513) from the sphere, 42 % (84-201) from 3-point vary and 91 % (177-194) from the road.
The Dallas Morning Information Participant of the 12 months is the top-ranked 2024 participant by many recruiting providers and obtained probably the most votes of any junior within the Mr. Basketball Participant of the 12 months Tracker with 24 factors on 5 ballots. He’s Texas’ first honoree on this class ever (going again to 1966-67) and solely the second underclass choose from the Lone Star State in any class, becoming a member of Charles Bassey (St. Anthony, San Antonio, Texas) for freshman in 2016.
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2022 Nationwide Sophomore of the 12 months: Cameron Boozer, Columbus (Miami, Fla.) 6-9 F
Clearly with Boozer incomes Mr. Basketball USA Honors, he’s additionally the selection amongst tenth-graders. Cameron’s twin brother Cayden, a 6-foot-5 guard, additionally had a terrific season for the No. 6 workforce within the FAB 50, averaging 15.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.3 apg and a couple of.0 apg. Boozer has an opportunity to be the first-ever three-time Nationwide Participant of the 12 months choice. Solely three gamers have ever been two-time honorees (in each their junior and senior seasons): Jerry Lucas of Middletown, Ohio (1957-58), Lew Alcindor of Energy Memorial of New York (1964-65) and LeBron James of St.-Vincent-St. Mary of Akron, Ohio (2002-03). All three of these gamers had been first 5 All-Individuals as sophomores.
Boozer is the primary honoree from Florida for this honor since RJ Barrett of Montverde Academy in 2016-17. The subsequent season, Barrett re-classified up and earned Mr. Basketball USA Honors as a senior when he led the Eagles to the 2017-18 FAB 50 nationwide title. The 2025 class is taken into account the most effective for the reason that 2020 class and there’s a handful of candidates that might have been glorious decisions amongst this 12 months’s tenth-grade crop, together with ahead Cooper Flagg of FAB 50 No. 2 Montverde Academy, ahead Koa Peat of FAB 50 No. 22 Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Meleek Thomas of FAB 50 No. 50 Lincoln Park (Midland, Pa.). In a few years, any of that trio would have been cinch decisions.
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2023 Nationwide Freshman of the 12 months: Caleb Gaskins, Holy Trinity Episcopal (Melbourne, Fla.) 6-7 F
There have been loads of prime candidates to contemplate, as this class already has an incredible fame and a gaggle of gamers that had been productive at a excessive degree through the 2022-23 season. We determined to go along with top-of-the-line all-around abilities with loads of expertise. Whereas age will be wide-ranging with elite freshmen, this 14-year outdated already has expertise at USA Basketball occasions and performed varsity basketball for the Tigers as an eighth-grader. After averaging 10.8 ppg in his first varsity season, Gaskins stepped as much as common 17.9 ppg and 9.6 rpg whereas capturing 61 % from the sphere.
The All Area Coast Participant of the 12 months by Florida Right this moment, Gaskins scored in double figures 26 of 28 video games and completed the season with 17 double-doubles. On prime of his numbers, Gaskins attracts raves evaluations for his terrific body, persistence, IQ and really feel. Gaskins is the second consecutive honoree on this class, following Cameron Boozer and is the third honoree from the Sunshine State, the primary being Brandon Knight of Pine Crest (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2007.
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2023 Nationwide Senior of the 12 months: Isaiah Collier, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 6-2 PG
This can be a particular class every time the Mr. Basketball USA choice is a non-senior and for sure it doesn’t occur usually. Collier was the second main vote-getter within the ultimate Mr. Basketball USA Tracker with 76 factors general (Boozer had 84 factors), together with 5 second-place votes.
Collier closed out his senior season sturdy, netting 22 factors and 7 assists within the GHSA Class AAAAAAA title sport, as Wheeler received a 3rd title in 4 seasons. Towards nationwide degree competitors, the Wildcats completed 27-7 and No. 20 within the FAB 50 whereas this highly effective and explosive guard averaged 19.6 ppg (58.7% FG, 33.3% 3FG, 79% FT), 5.1 rpg. 6.8 apg and a couple of.3 spg.
Collier was a part of all three state title-winning groups and Wheeler went 102-23 in his 4 years on the varsity workforce. Collier, who’s a part of a USC recruiting class that features LeBron James Jr., had a game-high 25 factors within the McDonald’s All-American Recreation.
The earlier Senior Participant of the 12 months honorees had been Carmelo Anthony of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) in 2002, highly effective middle Wes Unseld of Seneca (Louisville, Ky.) in 1964 and gifted Tony Jackson of Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in 1957.
2023 Nationwide Coach of the 12 months: Pat Clatchey, Mt. St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.)
This Maryland energy received its eleventh Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) common season title beneath the path of this teaching veteran who simply accomplished his thirty first season at his alma mater. Earlier than the 1980 graduate arrived, Mt. St. Joseph had by no means received the BCL match tile relationship again to 1972. He was 20 when employed as the college’s freshman coach, was a university assistant (UMBC) for 3 seasons and in personal scouting for a 12 months earlier than taking up this system in 1992 at age 29.
This season, the Gaels went 38-4 and superior to the MIAA Convention A title sport, shedding to cross-town BCL rival St. Francis Academy of Baltimore. The win whole tied a college and BCL single-season document and it may have been damaged had Mt. St. Joseph performed within the Alhambra Catholic Invitational. The Gaels did seize their second consecutive BCL tourney title with a 59-50 win over St. Maria Goretti, as Amani Hansberry (17 factors, 21 rebounds) captured BCL match MVP honors for the second consecutive season.
Mt. St. Joseph completed No. 27 within the FAB 50, as Clatchey has now led this system to 9 BCL tourney titles, all since 2003. He’s now 792-245 in his profession and has logged 29 consecutive profitable seasons. To offer an thought of the energy of the groups the Gaels play on a nightly foundation, the eight BCL packages had been 105-40 in opposition to non-BCL packages.
Clatchey is now the fourth honoree from Maryland, becoming a member of legendary coaches Morgan Wootten of DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) in 1998, Bob Wade of Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) in 1983 and Mark Amatucci of Calvert Corridor (Baltimore, Md.) in 1982.
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