Nation’s Highly Rated Prospects Headline Player of the Year Competition with Players Committed to Baylor, Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State Represented

ATLANTA (November 12, 2020) – As high school basketball seasons tip off across the country, the Atlanta Tipoff Club has released the names of 50 boys players to watch this season for the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for High School Boys Player of the Year. The competition will heat up as the list of 50 narrows with the selection of the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy winner in March.

“These players are the future of basketball,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Each of these young men are full of talent and potential, and we will start to see that raw talent be refined into amazing skill as the season continues, with select players rising to the top of the list for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Trophy.”

The 2020 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for High School Boys Player of the Year, Cade Cunningham of Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, will begin his freshmen season at Oklahoma State in a few short weeks. Cunningham made history as the third player from Montverde Academy to win the honor and the second player to win alongside his coach Kevin Boyle, who won the 2020 Jersey Mike’s High School Boys Coach of the Year award. The Atlanta Tipoff Club will narrow the list to 25 high school boys players on the midseason team, which will be released on January 14, and a separate list for the top 25 underclassmen athletes to watch will be announced on December 2.

“This competition is full of incredibly talented basketball players,” said Rich Hope, chief marketing officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “Jersey Mike’s is excited to be a partner of the Naismith High School Trophy for the third year in a row, and we look forward to following these great players throughout the season.”

2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Boys Trophy Watch List

AmariBaileyJr.GSierra Canyon SchoolChatsworth, CA
PatrickBaldwin Jr.Sr.FHamilton High SchoolSussex, WI
PaoloBancheroSr.CO'Dea High SchoolSeattle, WADuke
EmoniBatesJr.FYpsilanti PrepYpsilanti, MIMichigan St.
CharlesBediakoSr.CIMG AcademyBradenton, FL
NateBittleSr.CProlific PrepNapa, CAOregon
JadenBradleyJr.GIMG AcademyBradenton, FL
MalachiBranhamSr.GSt. Vincent-St. Mary High SchoolAkron, OHOhio State
KendallBrownSr.FSunrise Christian AcademyBel Aire, KSBaylor
KennedyChandlerSr.GSunrise Christian AcademyBel Aire, KSTennessee
Max ChristieSr.GRolling Meadows High SchoolRolling Meadows, ILMichigan St.
SkyyClarkJr.GBrentwood AcademyBrentwood, TNKentucky
ZachClemenceSr.FSunrise Christian AcademyBel Aire, KSKansas
MattClevelandSr.FPace AcademyAtlanta, GAFlorida State
DaimionCollinsSr.FAtlanta High SchoolAtlanta, TXKentucky
J.D. DavisonSr.GCalhoun High SchoolLetohatchee, ALAlabama
MoussaDiabateSr.FIMG AcademyBradenton, FLMichigan
JalenDurenJr.CMontverde AcademyMontverde, FL
MichaelFosterSr.FHillcrest PrepPhoenix, AZ
KeyonteGeorgeJr.GiSchool Entrepreneurial AcademyLewisville, TX
A.J.GriffinSr.FArchbishop Stepinac High SchoolWhite Plains, NYDuke
JadenHardySr.GCoronado High SchoolHenderson, NV
ZionHarmonSr.GMarshall County High SchoolBenton, KYWestern Kentucky
ScootaHendersonJr. GKell High SchoolMarietta, GA
NolanHickmanSr.GWasatch AcademyMount Pleasant, UTKentucky
ChetHolmgrenSr.CMinnehaha AcademyMinneapolis, MN
BryceHopkinsSr.FFenwick High SchoolOak Park, IL
CalebHoustanSr.FMontverde AcademyMontverde, FLMichigan
BrandonHuntley-HatfieldJr.FScotland Performance InstituteScotland, PA
HarrisonIngramSr.FSaint Mark's SchoolDallas, TXStanford
DiorJohnsonJr.GOak Hill AcademyMouth of Wilson, VA
TrevorKeelsSr.GPaul VI High SchoolChantilly, VA
ChrisLivingstonJr.GWestern Reserve AcademyHudson, OH
LangstonLoveSr.GMontverde AcademyMontverde, FLBaylor
BryceMcGowensSr.GLegacy Early College High SchoolGreenville, SC
BrandonMillerJr.FCane Ridge High SchoolAntioch, TN
AminuMohammedSr.GGreenwood Laboratory SchoolSpringfield, MO
MannyObasekiSr.GJohn Paul II High SchoolPlano, TXTexas A&M
TreyPattersonSr.FRutgers Prep High SchoolSomerset, NJVillanova
EftonReidSr.CIMG AcademyBradenton, FL
DaeshunRuffinSr.GCallaway High SchoolJackson, MSOle Miss
HunterSallisSr.GMillard North High SchoolOmaha, NE
IsaSilvaSr.GProlific PrepNapa, CAStanford
JabariSmithSr.FSandy Creek High SchoolTyrone, GAAuburn
D.J.WagnerSo.GCamden High SchoolCamden, NJ
JaraceWalkerJr.FIMG AcademyBradenton, FL
JalenWarleySr.GWesttown SchoolWest Chester, PAFlorida State
PeytonWatsonSr.FLong Beach Polytechnic High SchoolLong Beach, CAUCLA
DariqWhiteheadJr.FMontverde AcademyMontverde, FL
MikeyWilliamsSo.GLake Norman Christian SchoolHuntersville, NC

About The Atlanta Tipoff Club

Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.

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