From the Archives: 2003 Boys Hoop All-Americans
Looking back exactly 10 years ago, Student Sports produced a Boys Basketball All-American team that had some future super stars like LeBron (pictured) and Chris Paul as well as some others who’ve won championship rings and still others who never made it to the NBA.
Check out our list from back then and how they ended up a decade later…
STUDENT SPORTS 2003 BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICANS
G — Shannon Brown (Proviso East, Maywood, Ill.) 6-3 Sr.
How it panned out: Brown has bounced around, playing for five teams and is currently averaging over 11 ppg for the Suns
F — LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio) 6-8 Sr.
How it panned out: James is now the greatest player in the game and an iconic figure worldwide
F — Ndudi Ebi (Westbury Christian, Houston, Texas) 6-10 Sr.
How it panned out: Ebi was a 1st round pick (#26) by Timberwolves, but only played in 19 games over two season
F — Kris Humphries (Hopkins, Minnetonka, Minn.) 6-9 Sr.
How it panned out: Humphries makes $12 million playing for the Nets, but probably more famous for marrying and ultimately (someday) divorcing Kim Kardashian
C — Kendrick Perkins (Ozen, Beaumont, Texas) 6-11 Sr.
How it panned out: Perkins is currently with the Thunder after playing tough defense in the paint in Boston for eight years where he picked up a ring in 2008
G — Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-1 Jr.
How it panned out: Despite being the 13th overall pick in the 2004 draft, Telfair has played for eight teams and had a journeyman-type career, averaging 7.5 ppg
G — Andrew Lavender (Brookhaven, Columbus, Ohio) 5-7 Sr.
How it panned out: Lavender played at Xavier (after transferring from Oklahoma) and ultimately made it to the Euroleague
G — Chris Paul (West Forsyth, Clemmons, N.C.) 6-1 Sr.
How it panned out: Paul has become the top point guard in the league and has been a six-time All-Star after being the 2006 Rookie of the Year
F — Trevor Ariza (Westchester, Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-8 Sr.
How it panned out: Ariza, currently with the Wizards, won a ring with the Lakers in 2009 when he averaged 11.3 ppg in the playoffs and made several game-winning plays
C — Leon Powe (Technical, Oakland Calif.) 6-8 Sr.
How it panned out: Although Powe last played in the NBA in 2011, he also was part of a championship team when he played significant minutes for the Celtics in 2008 (see Kendrick Perkins, above)
G — Aaron Brooks (Franklin, Seattle, Wash.) 5-11 Sr.
How it panned out: Brooks was the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2010 when with the Rockets; after being a back-up PG for the Kings this season, he was recently released and appears headed back to Houston
G — Dion Harris (Redford, Detroit, Mich.) 6-4 Sr.
How it panned out: Harris played at Michigan and ultimately overseas with teams in Poland, Cyprus and Syria
F — Michael Jones (Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass.) 6-4 Sr.
How it panned out: Some rated Jones as the best shooting guard in the class not named Lebron James; he played at Maryland and ultimately abroad in Turkey and Romania
F — Vakeaton “Von” Wafer (Heritage Christian, Clev., Texas) 6-6 Sr.
How it panned out: Wafer has bounced between the NBA and international teams after being a second round pick by the Lakers in 2005; he’s currently playing in China
C — Brian Butch (Appleton West, Appleton, Wis.) 6-11 Sr.
How it panned out: Butch has played for the NBA Development League and has yet to get any game time in the league, though he has played for teams in China, Germany and Greece and helped the Guadalara National Team win a bronze medal in the 2011 Pan American Games
Class By Class Players of the Year
Seniors: LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio) 6-8 F
Juniors: Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.) 5-11 G
Sophomores: Monta Ellis (Lanier, Jackson, Miss.) 6-3 G
Freshmen: Demond Carter (Reserve Christian, Laplace, La.) 5-10 G
Note: Includes only players from teams with no fifth-year players.