Last year I was running my own basketball recruiting site after the 2012 Hoophall Classic sparked my interest in high school basketball. Around this time, ESPN’s Dave Telep came up with a little game that would lead one to create their high school basketball dream team using the ESPN 100 rankings.
I modified it a little because I was a sucker for Rivals last February but the team I came up with ended up being a pretty formidable one (check it out here). I’m a day later than I was last year but I think I’ve seen enough basketball this year to create my 2013 squad, this time using Telep’s original formula.
- The team can have 10 players.
- The team can have as many as three top-10 players, but no more than four top-25 players.
- The team can have two more players ranked in the top 50, giving the team a total of six top-50 players.
- The seventh player would come from the bottom half of the ESPN 100.
- The team would be rounded out with three unranked players from the class of 2013.
With these rules in mind, here is my 2013 High School Basketball Dream Team.
Point Guard: Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep, Nev.)
The star of the 2013 Hoophall Classic, Williams-Goss is the No. 50 player in the class and is pound for the Pac-12 and Washington. With perfect size for the position at 6-foot-3, Williams-Goss abuses smaller defenders and when he gets a piece of the paint makes Findlay’s offense nearly unstoppable.
His 18 points in the fourth quarter against Montverde sold me on this kid. He’s the guy I want leading my team.
Shooting Guard: James Young (Rochester HS, Mich.)
The Kentucky-bound wing is the first of my top-10 picks and gets here by virtue of his basketball IQ. Considered one of the more aware guards in the country, scouts love that Young knows when to take over and when to keep the ball moving.
He’s also a freak athlete and rarely does John Calipari miss on players ranked in the top-10. His size (6-foot-6) and long-range shooting ability make him a dream for drive and kick scenarios with Williams-Goss or as the primary scoring option on offense. In short: I really like this guy’s game.
Small Forward: Jabari Parker (Simeon, Ill.)
And it wasn’t even close. The Duke-bound small forward is the most complete basketball player, both physically and mentally, that I have seen at the high school level. He can play three positions and even run a little point if you ask him.
He is the perfect player for the system I would run because he has the range and basketball IQ to stretch the floor as well as the rebounding prowess you look for from a small forward. I think Andrew Wiggins is a great player, but no way am I passing up Parker.
Power Forward: Chris Walker (Holmes County High School, Fla.)
Walker rounds out my top-10 picks as a Chris Bosh-style face-up power forward who can score from the mid range or driving towards the rim. He is an AAU teammate of Kasey Hill (No. 9) and the two have showed time and time again that Walker might be the best alley-oop finisher not named Aaron Gordon.
I like Walker’s athleticism a lot and feel that once he puts some weight on his 6-foot-10 frame he will be a formidable defender in the post. The added weight would add physicality to his already stellar shot blocking ability.
Center: Eric Mika (Lone Peak HS, Utah)
Mika is a very productive offensive player who has the size and physicality to be a big time defensive player. He rebounds the ball well and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty for the better of the team.
Headed to BYU, Mika is a smart, strong player who does everything well for a big man. With even one more post move, he will be a force on the inside.
So there’s my starting lineup and I still have room for two more top 50 players, including one in the top 25. Mika is my “second 50″ guy so the bench will have two studs and three players who, though unranked, will be names everyone will know by the end of next season.
Sixth man: Wayne Selden, SG (Tilton School, N.H.)
Selden is a physical specimen and has been one of the most highly touted players in the class since he was in middle school. A Boston kid with a prep school background, Selden has played with some of the best players in the country and has as diverse a skill set as any wing player in the country.
At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Selden has an NBA-ready body and has recently improved his ability to shoot from the outside tremendously. I’ve always had a soft spot for Selden and love him in the sixth-man role for my fantasy squad.
Bench No. 2: Troy Williams, SF (Oak Hill, Va.)
Williams is an ultra-athletic wing who can shoot, attack the basket, and play a little defense, too. Indiana snagged Williams earlier in the season and are particularly excited about Williams and the future.
Williams length and athleticism make him a nightmare defensively and with a little work on his handle he can be a major impact player, especially in the No. 7 role.
Bench No. 3: Rene Castro, PG (Worcester Academy, Mass.)
One of the best pure scorers I have ever seen in person, Castro is a man’s man on the offensive end of the floor and will be a stud for four years at Butler. His offensive game has no holes and he can play both guard positions without too much of a drop off in performance.
He’s not a top-100 guy, but by the time all is said and done he might be one of the guys we talk about the most from this class.
Bench No. 4: Pete Miller, C (Northfield-Mt. Hermon, Mass.)
A Princeton-bound big guy who is still developing into the play he is eventually going to become, Miller would be a bit of a project but would get better from playing with players like Parker, Walker and Mika.
A “hard-working high-character player,” Miller would just be a fun guy to have around.
Bench No. 5: Luke Fischer, PF (Germantown HS, Wis.)
Fischer, like Miller, will take some work but the Indiana-bound big man is a true post player who can score in the post and will be a great option to have off the bench. At 6-foot-9, 200 lbs. he needs to add some weight but when the biggest area for improvement is physical everything else comes much easier.
And so concludes my 2013 High School Basketball Dream Team. Want to make your own? Following the same formula outlined above, send your teams to us using the contact form below or by leaving it in the comment section.