THE 2017 SCOREBOOK LIVE POSTSEASON AWARDS

All American Team

The Scorebook Live All-American teams and Coach of the Year award are selected by a panel of high school coaches and analysts to highlight the extraordinary achievements of the best high school basketball players and coaches in the country.

NOTE: Selections are based on overall individual performance, as well as team performance. Eligible players and coaches are chosen only from teams using Scorebook Live.

 

Coach of the Year

Shane Heirman Coach of the Year

Shane Heirman

School: La Lumiere (La Porte, IN)

Record: 29-1

Achievements: Dick’s Nationals Champions

Frank Says: Even a lot of serious basketball fans don’t understand that having a lot of talented players doesn’t always equal success. We’ve all seen teams loaded with talent that come well short of preseason expectations, but even with two McDonald’s All-Americans and a bunch of other future college players, La Lumiere won 29 of its 30 games against one of the most difficult schedules in the country. And just to remove any doubt, the Lakers topped it all off with consecutive wins over Wasatch Academy, Findlay Prep, and Montverde Academy to win the Dick’s Nationals championship in New York. Success like that, even with all of those quality players, is only possible if its coach knows how to push all the right buttons, on and off the court.

And that’s why Heirman is our Coach of the Year.

 

Player of the Year

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Michael Porter, Jr.

School: Nathan Hale

Position: Guard

College: Missouri

Game of the Year: 27 points vs. Sierra Canyon (Dec 30)

Frank Says: Pretty much everything went Michael Porter, Jr.’s way during his senior season. Not only did he help Nathan Hale come out of nowhere to rack up an undefeated season and unofficial national title, but Porter, Jr. performed at such a high level that I’m not sure there’s anyone in their right mind that would object to him being unanimous National Player of the Year. It only took one season for Porter, his younger brother Jontay, and first-year coach Brandon Roy (yes, that Brandon Roy), to put Nathan Hale on the map for the first time, and build a culture of winning that took Seattle, and the country, by storm.

 

First Team

Brian Bowen 1st Team

Brian Bowen

School: La Lumiere (La Porte, IN)

Position: Guard/Forward

College: Undecided

Game of the Year: 27 points vs. New Albany (Dec. 15)

Frank Says: The jack-of-all-trades swingman showed off his ridiculous versatility at both ends of the floor over two seasons, and was a key element in the program’s run to the Dick’s Nationals championship. Bowen has a unique combination of size and skill that allows him to move fluidly across four positions while still being a lockdown defender and putting up huge offensive efforts.

Chris Lykes 1st Team

Chris Lykes

School: Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)

Position: Point Guard

College: Miami

Game of the Year: 23 points vs. DeMatha (Jan. 24)

Frank Says: Lykes proved this season that size really doesn’t matter, assuming you handle the ball like Pete Maravich, are a freak athlete, and can score from all three levels. This guy wins our (un)official award for best player in the 6-foot and under category, hands down. He’ll make an impact at Miami very quickly. If the Hurricane’s opponents in the ACC sleep on Lykes, it won’t take long for them to wake up.

Lindwell Wigginton 1st Team

Lindell Wigginton

School: Oak Hill

Position: Guard

College: Iowa State

Game of the Year: 35 points vs. Chino Hills (Feb. 4)

Frank Says: Wigginton could evolve into the next Monte Morris, or something like it at least, at Iowa State after a remarkable senior season for Steve Smith’s Warriors. He did everything asked of him to lead Oak Hill to yet another impressive season, and if there is a better leader anywhere in the country, we haven’t seen him yet.

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Rayshaun Hammond

School: Norcross (Norcross, GA)

Position: Forward

College: Georgia

Game of the Year: 35 points vs. Jemison (Dec. 20)

Frank Says: The 6-8 swing forward led the Blue Devils to a 26-6 record and runner-up finish in the Georgia State championship. His size and versatility will make him one of the better freshmen in the SEC next season at Georgia.

 

Second Team

Liangelo Ball 2nd Team

LiAngelo Ball

School: Chino Hills (Chino Hills, CA)

Position: Guard

College: UCLA

Game of the Year: 72 points vs. Rancho Christian (Nov. 30)

Frank Says: Even as his little brother Melo, and big brother Lonzo, were grabbing all the headlines, Gelo had a quietly historic season, if that’s even possible when you score 50 points or more seven times. He thrived in the Huskies run and gun (and run, and run, and run) system, leading Chino Hills to a near-perfect season, losing only to Oak Hill, Mater Dei, and Bishop Montgomery. While he might lack some of the flash of his brothers, his size should allow him to make an impact at the next level with UCLA next season.

JP Moorman 3rd Team

J.P. Moorman

School: Greensboro Day (Greensboro, NC)

Position: Forward

College: Temple

Game of the Year: 27 points vs. Village Christian (Jan. 9)

Frank Says: A 33-3 record and North Carolina State championship put Moorman and Greensboro Day in the Dick’s Nationals in New York, where they beat national power IMG Academy, 59-40, before falling to another Florida squad, Montverde Academy. Moorman, the North Carolina Private and Charter School Player of the Year, will be a freshman at Temple next season.

Jaren Jackson 2nd Team

Jaren Jackson

School: La Lumiere (La Porte, IN)

Position: Center/Forward

College: Michigan State

Game of the Year: 24 points vs. Findlay Prep (Jan. 7)

Frank Says: The addition of Jackson was a big reason La Lumiere cruised to a 29-1 record. The future Michigan State Spartan joined teammate Tugs Bowen as a McDonald’s All-American. If Miles Bridges stays for his sophomore year, he and Jackson could prove to be one of the nation’s most imposing front courts.

DJ Harvey 2nd Team

D.J. Harvey

School: DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)

Position: Guard

College: Notre Dame

Game of the Year: 28 points vs. Bishop Gorman (Jan. 14)

Frank Says: He comes from a program that has produced as many high-profile players as any in the country, from Adrian Dantley to Markelle Fultz. Harvey should be an instant contributor for a Notre Dame team that should be in the Top 10 next season.

Emmanuel Akot 2nd Team

Emmanuel Akot

School: Wasatch Academy

Position: Forward

College: Arizona

Game of the Year: 21 points vs. Windward (Nov. 25)

Frank Says: The second import from Canada (along with Lindell Wigginton) on the All-American squad, the 6-8 Akot was the driving force in the Tigers’ 23-5 season that ended with a trip to New York and the Dick’s Nationals (where they lost to La Lumiere in the first round). He’s committed to the University of Arizona.

 

Third Team

Cody Riley 3rd Team

Cody Riley

School: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA)

Position: Forward

College: UCLA

Game of the Year: 32 points vs. Gonzaga (Dec. 29)

Frank Says: The addition of super-junior Marvin Bagley III to the Sierra Canyon mix this season made it easy to overlook how good this UCLA-bound power forward is. But Riley had a strong senior season and no doubt will be a guy Steve Alford will count on for immediate contributions next season with the Bruins reloading after their Sweet 16 season.

Lucas Williamson 3rd Team

Lucas Williamson

School: Whitney Young (Chicago, IL)

Position: Guard

College: Undecided

Game of the Year: 32 points vs. North Lawndale (Dec. 14)

Frank Says: Williamson scored 19 points to lead the Dolphins to a 60-50 overtime win over rival Simeon in the Illinois State 4A championship in Peoria, after Simeon had beaten Whitney Young (27-7) twice during the regular season. If there are any mid-majors looking for a swingman, he’s still on the board. Call us anytime for references.

 

Jaylen Hands 3rd Team

Jaylen Hands

School: Foothills Christian (San Diego, CA)

Position: Point Guard

College: UCLA

Game of the Year: 35 points vs. St. Augustine (Dec. 26)

Frank Says: Hands was a McDonald’s All-American as a senior, and seems destined to replace another McDonald’s All American, Lonzo Ball, in UCLA’s starting lineup as a freshman. He’s a Baron Davis clone, even down to the short shorts.

Matt Coleman 3rd Team

Matt Coleman

School: Oak Hill

Position: Guard

College: Texas

Game of the Year: 22 points vs. Findlay Prep (Dec. 21)

Frank Says: Steve Smith had the deepest backcourt in the country this season. And the left-handed, Texas-bound Coleman – along with fellow Scorebook Live All-American Lindell Wigginton – is one of the reasons.

Goanar Mar 3rd Team

Goanar Mar

School: De La Salle (Minneapolis, MN)

Position: Forward

College: George Mason

Game of the Year: 40 points vs. Armstrong (Dec. 8)

Frank Says: The George Mason-bound Mar helped lead the Islanders to a 28-3 record that included their 72-44 over No. 2 Austin in the State AAA championship game. He picked up Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball award too, just to pad his resume.

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