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BJ Boston named Naismith Boys HS First-Team All-American

After current Kentucky players and coaches dominated the SEC regular season awards this morning, one future Wildcat also earned All-America honors at the high school level.

Following a standout senior season, 2020 five-star guard and Kentucky basketball signee B.J. Boston was named a Naismith First-Team All-American on Tuesday.

Outside of Boston, several other Kentucky targets made the list, most notably Jonathan Kuminga (2nd Team, 2021), Greg Brown III (2nd Team, 2020), and Paolo Banchero (3rd Team, 2021).

Check out the full teams below.


  • BJ Boston – Sierra Canyon (CA) / AOT Running Rebels (EYBL)
  • Cade Cunningham – Montverde Academy (FL) / Texas Titans (EYBL)
  • Jalen Suggs – Minnehaha Academy (MN) / Grassroots Sizzle (UAA)
  • Evan Mobley – Rancho Christian (CA) / Compton Magic (3SSB)
  • Jalen Green – Prolific Prep (CA) / Team WhyNot (EYBL)


  • Scottie Barnes – Montverde Academy (FL) / Nightrydas Elite (EYBL)
  • Emoni Bates – Lincoln (MI) / Bates Fundamentals (EYBL)
  • Jonathan Kuminga – The Patrick School (NJ) / NY Renaissance (EYBL)
  • Greg Brown III – Vandegrift (TX) / Texas Titans (EYBL)
  • Jaden Springer – IMG Academy (FL) / BMaze Elite (UAA)


  • Patrick Baldwin Jr – Hamilton (WI) / Phenom University (EYBL)
  • Paolo Banchero – O’Dea (WA) / Seattle Rotary Style (EYBL)
  • Josh Christopher – Mayfair (CA) / Vegas Elite (EYBL)
  • Sharife Cooper – McEachern (GA) / AOT Running Rebels (EYBL)
  • Ziaire Williams – Sierra Canyon (CA) / Oakland Soldiers (EYBL)

The Honorable Mention All-American Senior Teams were also announced, with future Wildcat Terrence Clarke making the first cut.

1st Team

  • Jaemyn Brakefield
  • Terrence Clarke
  • Jalen Johnson
  • Walker Kessler
  • Caleb Love

2nd Team

  • Daishen Nix
  • Dwon Odom
  • Micah Peavy
  • Jeremy Roach
  • Day’Ron Sharpe

3rd Team

  • Deivon Smith
  • D.J. Steward
  • Cameron Thomas
  • Earl Timberlake
  • Isaiah Todd

In the Honorable Mention All-American Underclassmen Teams, several major Kentucky targets were also included on the list, most notably 2021 five-star guard Jaden Hardy and 2023 five-star guard DJ Wagner.

Here are all of the recipients:

1st Team

  • Nate Bittle
  • Matt Cleveland
  • Moussa Diabate
  • Jalen Duren
  • Mike Foster

2nd Team

  • A.J. Griffin
  • Jaden Hardy
  • Chet Holmgren
  • Dior Johnson
  • Chris Livingston

3rd Team

  • Langston Love
  • Jabari Smith
  • Bruce Thornton
  • D.J. Wagner
  • Jarace Walker

Congratulations to Boston and Clarke, along with the rest of the All-Americans and Honorable Mentions, for the prestigious honors.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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2 Comments for BJ Boston named Naismith Boys HS First-Team All-American

  1. Newtype
    4:03 pm March 10, 2020 Permalink

    Feels like this one has superstar potential.

    • BlueSteel
      6:00 pm March 10, 2020 Permalink

      He’s going to be great but I am really intrigued by Terrence Clarke – I think he will be fantastic. Of course, I’m thrilled we have both of these guys!!