Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award

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Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award
Awarded forHigh school basketball's top male and female player
CountryUnited States
First awarded1987
Currently held byIsaiah Collier (boys')
Juju Watkins (girls')

The Naismith Prep Player of the Year award, named for Canadian basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to high school basketball's top male and female player. The inaugural awards were given to Dennis Scott and Lynne Lorenzen in 1987.


* Denotes players inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has won the award

To be considered for induction by a screening committee, a player must be fully retired from play for at least three years.



Year Player High School Hometown State/province College choice
1987 Dennis Scott Flint Hill Prep Hagerstown Maryland Georgia Tech
1988 Alonzo Mourning* Indian River High School Chesapeake Virginia Georgetown
1989 Kenny Anderson Archbishop Molloy High School Jamaica New York Georgia Tech
1990 Damon Bailey Bedford North Lawrence High School Bedford Indiana Indiana
1991 Chris Webber* Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills Michigan Michigan
1992 Jason Kidd* St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Oakland California California
1993 Randy Livingston Isidore Newman School New Orleans Louisiana LSU
1994 Jerod Ward Clinton High School Clinton Mississippi Michigan
1995 Ron Mercer Oak Hill Academy Nashville Tennessee Kentucky
1996 Kobe Bryant* Lower Merion High School Ardmore Pennsylvania none
1997 Shane Battier Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills Michigan Duke
1998 Al Harrington St. Patrick High School Elizabeth New Jersey none
1999 Donnell Harvey Randolph-Clay High School Cuthbert Georgia Florida
2000 Gerald Wallace Childersburg High School Childersburg Alabama Alabama
2001 Dajuan Wagner Camden High School Camden New Jersey Memphis
2002 Raymond Felton Latta High School Latta South Carolina North Carolina
2003 LeBron James St. Vincent - St. Mary High School Akron Ohio none
2004 Dwight Howard Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy Atlanta Georgia none
2005 Louis Williams South Gwinnett High School Snellville Georgia none
2006 Greg Oden Lawrence North High School Indianapolis Indiana Ohio State
2007 Kevin Love Lake Oswego High School Lake Oswego Oregon UCLA
2008 Brandon Jennings Oak Hill Academy Compton California none
2009 Derrick Favors South Atlanta High School Atlanta Georgia Georgia Tech
2010 Jared Sullinger Northland High School Columbus Ohio Ohio State
2011 Austin Rivers Winter Park High School Winter Park Florida Duke
2012 Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman High School Summerlin Nevada UCLA
2013 Andrew Wiggins Huntington Prep School Thornhill Ontario, Canada Kansas
2014 Cliff Alexander Curie High School Chicago Illinois Kansas
2015 Ben Simmons Montverde Academy Melbourne Victoria, Australia LSU
2016 Lonzo Ball Chino Hills High School Chino Hills California UCLA
2017 Michael Porter Jr. Nathan Hale High School[a] Columbia Missouri Missouri
2018 RJ Barrett Montverde Academy Mississauga Ontario, Canada Duke
2019 Isaiah Stewart La Lumiere School Rochester New York Washington
2020 Cade Cunningham Montverde Academy Arlington Texas Oklahoma State
2021 Chet Holmgren Minnehaha Academy Minneapolis Minnesota Gonzaga
2022 Dariq Whitehead Montverde Academy Newark New Jersey Duke
2023 Isaiah Collier Wheeler High School Marietta Georgia USC
  1. ^ Although Porter graduated from high school in Seattle, he was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, and attended high school in that city until his father was hired by the University of Washington as an assistant men's basketball coach prior to his senior year.


Year Player High School Hometown State College choice
1987 Lynne Lorenzen Ventura High School Ventura Iowa Iowa State
1988 Vicki Hall Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Indianapolis Indiana Texas
1989 Lisa Harrison Southern High School Louisville Kentucky Tennessee
1990 Lisa Leslie* Morningside High School Inglewood California Southern Cal
1991 Michelle M. Marciniak Central Catholic High School Allentown Pennsylvania Notre Dame/
1992 Yolanda Watkins Decatur High School Decatur Alabama Alabama
1993 La'Keshia Frett Phoebus High School Hampton Virginia Georgia
1994 Tiffany Gooden Snider High School Fort Wayne Indiana Iowa
1995 Chamique Holdsclaw Christ the King High School Queens New York Tennessee
1996 Kiesha Brown Woodward Academy Atlanta Georgia Georgia
1997 Tamika Catchings* Duncanville High School Duncanville Texas Tennessee
1998 Tamika Williams Chaminade-Julienne High School Dayton Ohio UConn[a]
1999 Kara Lawson West Springfield High School Springfield Virginia Tennessee
2000 Diana Taurasi Don Lugo High School Chino California UConn[a]
2001 Shyra Ely Ben Davis High School Indianapolis Indiana Tennessee
2002 Ann Strother Highlands Ranch High School Highlands Ranch Colorado UConn[a]
2003 Candace Parker Naperville Central High School Naperville Illinois Tennessee
2004 Candace Parker (2) Naperville Central High School Naperville Illinois Tennessee
2005 Courtney Paris Millennium High School Piedmont California Oklahoma
2006 Maya Moore Collins Hill High School Suwanee Georgia UConn[a]
2007 Maya Moore (2) Collins Hill High School Suwanee Georgia UConn[a]
2008 Elena Delle Donne Ursuline Academy Wilmington Delaware Delaware
2009 Skylar Diggins Washington High School South Bend Indiana Notre Dame
2010 Chiney Ogwumike Cy-Fair High School Cypress Texas Stanford
2011 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Mater Dei High School Santa Ana California UConn[a]
2012 Breanna Stewart Cicero-North Syracuse High School Syracuse New York UConn[a]
2013 Diamond DeShields Norcross High School Norcross Georgia North Carolina/
2014 A'ja Wilson Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Hopkins South Carolina South Carolina
2015 Katie Lou Samuelson Mater Dei High School Santa Ana California UConn
2016 Jackie Young Princeton Community High School Princeton Indiana Notre Dame
2017 Megan Walker Monacan High School Richmond Virginia UConn
2018 Christyn Williams Central Arkansas Christian High School Little Rock Arkansas UConn
2019 Haley Jones Archbishop Mitty High School Santa Cruz California Stanford
2020 Paige Bueckers Hopkins High School Minnetonka Minnesota UConn
2021 Raven Johnson Westlake High School Atlanta Georgia South Carolina
2022 Kiki Rice Sidwell Friends School Maryland Washington UCLA
2023 Juju Watkins Sierra Canyon School Los Angeles California USC
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Officially known for athletic purposes as "Connecticut" until 2013–14.

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