2013 AAU 5-Star All-Americans: Class of 2016
These are this summer's standouts from the loaded sophomore class
The book on the summer of 2013 is closing and with that, we want to acknowledge the best of the best from classes 2016, 2015 and 2014 on this year's AAU circuit. Some players made big strides in terms of development and a few on this list of underclassmen even became household names. Potential is limitless for this 2016 class. A group filled with bigs, guards and players who fulfill the duties of both; many people already consider it a once in a generation collection of players.
Five Star would like to thank the other scouts and writers who agreed to be a part in the selection of the All-American Teams. With so many great players to choose from it was a hard process. We'd also like to noth that and the final selections were ultimately up to us, but, again, thank those who helped compile the rosters.
We'd also like to stress the fact that this IS NOT a ranking of any kind, simply a snapshot of which players performed at the highest, most consistently level throughout the spring and summer tournaments, showcases and camps. Below is the list for First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all those who made it.
Thon Maker (Boo Williams) - Thon Maker is probably the first person you notice while watching one of his games. The rail thin seven-footer was third in scoring for his 17u Boo Williams team, while leading them in rebounds and blocks.
Joe Hampton (DC Assault) - Joe Hampton might be the most skilled and most intelligent post-player in his class. Never one to rest solely on size, Hampton used his touch and smarts to lead DC Assault to a championship in every tournament that they played in and on the UA circuit.
Dedric Lawson (Team Penny) - Coming into the summer highly regarded in his class, Lawson backed up his ranking. The 6-foot-8 forward was instrumental in Team Penny’s run to the semifinals of Peach Jam, averaging 18 ppg., 8 rpg., and 1.9 bpg before losing to eventual champions E1T1.
Malik Monk (Arkansas Wings) - Before the summer, Monk was a YouTube dunking phenomenon. Throughout the season, he proved he was a legit wing on the circuit. He led the Arkansas Wings to the Nike Sweet 16 Invitational championship,dispatching of E1T1 67-48. He then followed that up with leading his team to another lopsided win at the AAU National Championship against Nike Team Florida.
Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Eagles) - What’s there not to like about Jayson Tatum? He’s 6-foot-7, can handle the ball, run a team and single-handedly take over a game. Tatum had as solid of an AAU season as you can ask for, . leading his St. Louis Eagles 16U team to the championship at NY2LA’s Swish N’ Dish event, and also going undefeated at the Nike Spring Showdown. Oh, he also made time to do work on the Team USA 16U team.
Bam Adebayo (Karolina Diamonds/Boo Williams)
VJ King (King James Shooting Stars)
Tyus Battle (Team Final)
Seventh Woods (Carolina Wolves)
Jaylen Fisher (Team Thad)
*Harry Giles was on par for First-Team this summer, but due to injury was left off and is an honorary First-Team member because of his role with Team USA and selection to Elite 24.
Alani Moore (DC Assault), De’Ron Davis (Colorado Hawks), Devonte Green (Team SCAN), Kwe Parker (Karolina Diamonds), Khalea Turner (Houston Hoops), Kobi Simmons (Atlanta Celtics), Josh Jackson (Dorian’s Pride), Rawle Alkins (New Rens), Derryck Thornton (Dream Vision), Amir Coffey (D1 Minnesota), Sam Hauser (Wisconsin Academy), Kassoum Yakwe (Team SCAN), Dennis Smith (Karolina Diamonds), Ty Graves (Karolina Diamonds), De’Aaron Fox (Houston Hoops), Mario Kegler (MBA Hoops), Braxton Blackwell (Atlanta Celtics), Juwan Durham (Team Breakdown), Josh Langford (Atlanta Celtics), Caleb Swanigan (Spiece), Curtis Jones (Team Loaded), Terrell Brown (BABC), Tony Carr (Philly Triple-Threat), Reggie Gardner (DC Assault), Trevor Stanback (Pump ‘N Run)