Kentucky’s Cason Wallace and Houston’s Jarace Walker Highlight SI All-American Basketball Teams
In just its third year, the SI All-American Boys Basketball team features 15 of the best high school basketball players in the nation, split into three teams that showed exceptional dominance during the high school season.
Each player has shown a level of play this season that will make them a household name at the next level and beyond.
Today we unveil the third team.
We’ll reveal the second team on Wednesday and the first team and player of the year on Thursday.
SF: Jordan Walsh, Link Academy (Branson, Missouri), 2022
Why he is an SI All-American: Walsh is a very productive wing that ticks many boxes on and off the stat sheet. This season, he led Link Academy (34-2) to the GEICO Nationals title game, averaging 11 points, seven rebounds, 3.2 assists and one block per game. At 6’7″, Walsh has great length and agility, making him a capable multi-position defender and rebounder.
PG: Cason Wallace, Richardson (Texas), 2022
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Why he is an SI All-American: Wallace is a bulldog of a ground general with elite athleticism, three-tier scoring ability, and exceptional feel and pace. This season, Wallace has averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Wallace is potentially the best two-way playmaker in the class, tasked with locking down opposing teams’ best guard every game.
F: Jarace Walker, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida), 2022
Why he is an SI All-American: Walker is a big, strong athlete whose greatest skill is productivity. He is an active rebounder, a good finisher, a ball handler, a diverse and capable defender and therefore impacts the game in many ways. This season, Walker averaged 17.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 1.9 blocks per game.
SF: Julian Phillips, Link Academy (Branson, Missouri), 2022
Why he is an SI All-American: Phillips is an elite athlete with a diverse skill set, making him arguably the toughest game problem for opposing teams this season. Quite a feat in a team filled with major Division I talent. This season, Phillips averaged 10 points, six rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and helped the Lions reach the GEICO title game. Nationals.
PG: JJ Starling, The Light (The Door, Ind.), 2022
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Why he is an SI All-American: Starling has led a strong stable of guards this season for the Lakers, averaging 15.4 points per game in the nation’s most grueling conference, the NIBC. From his play in the Nike Peach Jam last summer to pitch camps through the high school season, Starling has achieved consistent dominance all year and his consistency against the nation’s top players earned him the nomination of the NAIS.