2011 Five-Star Summer All-American Teams
Five-Star and a cadre of scouts and coaches vote on the summer's top 10 performers
Competitive tournaments and elite-level skill camps gave players plenty of chances to prove themselves over the course of the summer. In the end, there were 10 players who separated themselves from the rest, showing they are worthy of the heaps of praise that scouts have been pouring on them.
Voting for the following All-American teams was conducted by the Five-Star staff and a mix of seven anonymous coaches and scouts who traveled the circuit and watched the action closely. Players received 5 points for a first team vote and 3 points for a second team vote. Points are reflected next to each player’s name on the list below.
Kyle Anderson, Playaz Basketball Club (30 points): There might not be a player in the country whose name is associated more directly with his summer team. This year, Anderson led the Playaz to chips at the Nike Baltimore Elite Invite, Rumble in the Bronx, End of Summer Classic and Duel in the Desert en route to a No. 6 finish in our final polls. The point guard is an excellent passer and decision maker who carried his team on his back and is considering high-majors like UCLA, Florida, Georgetown, Seton Hall and St. John’s to play for in college. He'll announce on September 20.
Shabazz Muhammad, Dream Vision (40 points): There was never any doubt that Shabazz would make the cut. He became a regular this summer in our Play of the Day videos and made an appearance at the Pangos All-American camp. With his team, he led Dream Vision to a championship game appearance at adidas Super 64 and a final No. 5 ranking in the Five-Star Top 25. He is undeclared, but the forward from Las Vegas has offers from powerhouses Kentucky, Duke, Texas, Kansas and UCLA.
Jabari Parker, Mac Irvin Fire (38 points): Mac Irvin Fire fell short of expectations at Fab 48, but it was not because of Parker. The fearless forward was able to score and rebound when it mattered in Vegas and beyond. Parker's considered by many to be the No. 1 player in the Class of 2013 and he proved it without a doubt at Peach Jam and the LeBron James Skills Academy.
Andre Drummond, Connecticut Basketball Club (29 points): Speculation over where or if he will go to college has been following him all summer, but Drummond made it known this week via Twitter that he'll be a UConn Husky. The 6-10, 275-pound manchild was unstoppable around the rim all summer long, combining an unmatched set of size, strength and athleticism. Drummond's also been projected as the No. 1 NBA draft pick in 2012 by several scouting services. How's that for a first-teamer?
Nerlens Noel, BABC (38 points): Possibly the most talented player on a loaded BABC team that sat in our Top 5 for pretty much the entire season. Noel was the runaway winner for our 2011 Summer Defensive Player of the Year Award, after turning away 55 shots over 11 games in Nike EYBL play. The 6-10 'human eraser' propelled BABC's 17U team to a highly coveted Peach Jam title and anchored the middle for the Beantown squad's 16U AAU National Championship. Double dipping worked for the big fella.
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana Elite (25 points): The Indiana-commit separated himself this summer as one of the best point guards in the country, leading Indiana Elite to a Top-10 finish. Nicknamed "Yogi" due to his insatiable appetite as a kid, Ferell carved up defenses with cat-like quickness and swift end-to-end speed. He also quickly caused fits on the defensive end, with pesty on-ball pressure and a keen ability to get in the lane to pick off passes.
Marcus Smart, Texas Assault (19 points): The adidas Super 64 MVP led Texas Assault to the championship with a dominating 29-point, 18-rebound, five-assist performance in the title game. Smart was a daily standout at the Jayhawk Invitational and NBPA Top 100 Camp, leveraging his strength and toughness to get to the tin and overpower opposing guards in the lane.
Brandon Ashley, Oakland Soldiers (15 points): As one of three Five-Star rated players for the Soldiers, Ashley lit it up at Peach Jam, averaging nearly 18 points per game to lead his team to the semifinals. Twitter was abuzz today after Ashley announced he's taking his talents to Tucson to play for Coach Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.
Anthony Bennett, CIA Bounce (12 points): The highest-rated player north-of-the-border can score from anywhere and is getting looks from UConn, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virignia. Bennett was named Breakout Performer at NBPA Camp, had very strong outings at the Amar'e Stoudemire and LeBron James Skills Academies and led CIA Bounce to a No. 12 standing in the Five-Star Top 25.
Mitch McGary, SYF Players (20 points): He went from relatively unknown to one of the best players in the nation, leading the SYF Players into the Top 25 and earning our inaugural Five-Star Summer Breakout Player of the Year Award. McGary's rampage started with a dominant performance at the Pittsburgh Jamfest, continued with a title at the NY2LA Summer Jam and near-win over No. 1 BABC in the opening round of bracket play at the AAU Super Showcase, and ended with shattering the backboard in warmups during the Elite 24 game. His list includes Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Duke and North Carolina.
Others receiving votes:
- Isaiah Austin, Texas Pro
- Perry Ellis, Kansas Pray and Play
- Archie Goodwin, Arkansas Wings
- Jerami Grant, Team Takeover
- Andrew Harrison, Houston Defenders
- Tony Parker, Georgia Stars
- Rodney Purvis, CP3 All-Stars
- Julius Randle, Texas Titans
- Gabe York, Compton Magic
Isaiah Austin, Texas Pro, Perry Ellis, Kansas Pray and Play, Archie Goodwin, Arkansas Wings, Jerami Grant, Team Takeover, Andrew Harrison, Houston Defenders, Tony Parker, Georgia Stars, Rodney Purvis, CP3 All-Stars, Julius Randle, Texas Titans, Gabe York, Compton Magic,