The Atlantic Coast Conference was well represented on the Parade High School Basketball All-America Team. A total of five players headed to the ACC were on that squad. The University of North Carolina (Marcus Paige and
Brice Johnson) and North Carolina State (T.J. Warren and Tyler Lewis) had two players apiece on the all-america team; Duke had one (Amile Jefferson).
Paige, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Ia., who will attend North Carolina this fall, is one of the better pure point guards in the country. Paige is considered a coach on the floor, he sees the floor well, and he's capable of shooting the ball. He, who is a premier player in the country, was named the 2011-12 Gatorade Iowa Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He averaged 28.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season. Paige has maintained a 4.07 GPA in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society.
Johnson, a 6-9 forward/center, was named the 2011-12 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Johnson is the first Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Edisto High School in Cordova, S.C. Johnson averaged 25.4 points, 14.3 rebounds, 8.3 blocks and three assists per game this past season. Johnson has maintained a 3.53 in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Jefferson is a 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward, who averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals as a senior for Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia, Pa. He was named a McDonald’s All-America and was rated as one of the nation’s top prep big men. He joins a Duke frontcourt that returns seniors Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly.
T.J. Warren, the 23rd-rated player in the latest ESPNU Top 100, committed to North Carolina State on Wednesday, picking the Wolfpack over Georgetown. Warren grew up less than 20 miles from the North Carolina State campus and his father played for the Wolfpack. It is North Carolina State's third commitment from an ESPN Top 100 prospect.
Warren transferred to Brewster Academy this fall but played three seasons of high school basketball in Durham and Raleigh. He's a 6-8 power forward.
Tyler Lewis was named the 2011-12 Gatorade Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He's the sixth Gatorade Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the
Year to be chosen from Oak Hill Academy. The 5-11, senior guard averaged 12.0 points, 7.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists this past season, leading the
Warriors to a perfect 44-0 record. A McDonald's All-American Game selection, Lewis was the MVP of the Les Schwab Invitational Tournament in December. A transfer from Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, N.C., he departed as that school's career scoring leader with 1,927 career points. Lewis has maintained an A average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally at an area food bank and as a youth basketball coach in his hometown of Lewisville, N.C.