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High school teammates who went on to star in separate sports
High school teammates who go on to star in the same sport are plentiful at the professional level, with Alex Smith and Reggie Bush of Helix (Calif.), Eddie Murray and Ozzie Smith of Locke (Los Angeles) and Eddie Johnson and Mark Aguirre of Westinghouse (Chicago) among the more famous duos across the NFL, MLB and NBA.

However there are also a number of high school teammates who take different paths to stardom. MaxPreps presents a list of 25 sets of teammates who played together at the prep level before making their mark in other pro sports.
Trayce Thompson, far left, and brother Klay Thompson, far right, wait for introductions in the 2007-08 CIF state championship game. The Thompsons are among a group of 25 who played prep sports together but starred in different pro sports.
File photo by Dennis Lee
Trayce Thompson, far left, and brother Klay Thompson, far right, wait for introductions in the 2007-08 CIF state championship game. The Thompsons are among a group of 25 who played prep sports together but starred in different pro sports.
Prep teammates who played different pro sports

Clayton Kershaw and Matt Stafford
School:
Highland Park (Dallas)
Years: 2005-06
Kershaw career: In 13 seasons with the Dodgers, Kershaw is an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and led Los Angeles to a World Series championship in 2020.
Stafford career: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Stafford has made one Pro Bowl and has thrown for 43,901 yards.
Together: Kershaw and Stafford both pitched for Highland Park as sophomores in 2004. Stafford did not play baseball the following two seasons while Kershaw was third team all-state as a junior and the Class 4A state Player of the Year as a senior. Stafford was a two-time all-state quarterback and he was the state football Player of the Year as a senior.

Donovan McNabb and Antoine Walker
School:
Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago)
Years: 1993-94
McNabb career: Played 13 seasons in the NFL, made six Pro Bowls and threw for 37,276 yards.
Walker career: Played 13 seasons in the NBA with five different teams. He was a three-time All-Star and won a championship with the Heat.
Together: Mt. Carmel reached the sectional finals two years in a row, losing on a last-second shot both times. In 1994, Walker and McNabb's final season, Brother Rice defeated Mt. Carmel 69-66, leaving the Caravan with a 25-4 record. The next day, Walker committed to play at Kentucky. McNabb had already committed in January to play football at Syracuse. McNabb averaged in double figures as a starter while Walker earned Parade All-American first team honors.

Frank Robinson and Bill Russell
School:
McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)
Years: 1951-52
Robinson career: A 14-time All-Star, he was MVP in both the National League and the American League, won the Triple Crown, and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Russell career: Russell won 11 NBA championships and was a 12-time All-Star. Russell is a member of the Basketball and College Basketball halls of fame.
Together: Two of the greatest all-time players in their respective sports were not even among the top three players on the McClymonds team that won the 1952 Northern California TOC. Russell didn't mature until his senior year and he only played 12 games before graduating early at the end of January. Russell was the third-leading scorer on the team when he graduated. Robinson was a starter for McClymonds in the TOC, but wasn't one of the three Warriors to make the all-tournament team (for the record, they were Willie Rock, Ray Goodwin and Robert Hodges).

Andre Rison — Glen Rice
School:
Northwestern (Flint, Mich.)
Years: 1984-85
Rison career: Played 12 seasons in the NFL and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.
Rice career: An NBA champion with the Lakers in 2000, Rice played 15 seasons in the league and was a three-time All-Star.
Together: Rice was Mr. Basketball in Michigan on a Flint Northwestern team that won the Class A state championship and was considered one of the greatest teams in state history. Rison was the starting point guard on the team and earned second team all-state honors by the Detroit Free Press. Rison was also an all-state receiver in football.

Jason Williams and Randy Moss
School:
DuPont (Belle, W.Va.) (now closed)
Years: 1993-94
Williams career: A member of the NBA champion Heat in 2006, Williams played 12 seasons in the NBA.
Moss career: A Hall of Fame receiver, Moss made the Pro Bowl six times and had 156 career touchdown receptions.
Together: Moss and Williams teamed up in basketball and reached the state finals in 1994. Williams was Mr. Basketball in West Virginia in 1994 while Moss was the state Player of the Year in football and basketball during the 1994-95 school year.

Anthony Bennett and Amir Garrett
School: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Years: 2010-11
Bennett career: After one season at UNLV, Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft in 2013. He played four season in the NBA.
Garrett career: Although he did not play baseball at Findlay Prep, Garrett did play at two other high schools. He has played for the Cincinnati Reds for four seasons as a relief pitcher.
Together: Bennett and Garrett played one year together at Findlay Prep, helping the team post a 28-4 record.

Alex Groza and Lou Groza
School:
Martins Ferry (Ohio)
Years: 1942
Alex's career: Alex led Kentucky to a pair of NCAA championships and was the Final Four Most Outstanding Player twice. The No. 2 overall pick in the 1949 NBA draft, Groza was a two-time NBA first team All-Pro before he was banned due to his involvement in a college point-shaving scandal.
Lou's career: An offensive lineman and kicker, he played 21 seasons in the NFL. He made the Pro Bowl nine times and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Together: Martins Ferry was the state Class A champion in 1941 when Lou was a junior and made the all-tournament team. Alex played varsity as a sophomore in 1942 during Lou's senior season. The team started the year 16-0 with Lou averaging 14 points and Alex averaging 12 points per game. Martins Ferry didn't win the state title that year, but Lou made the all-state second team. Alex made the all-state first team two years later as a senior while leading Martins Ferry to the semifinals.

Steve Garvey and Chip Glass
School:
Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.)
Years: 1963-64
Garvey's career: One of the premier first basemen in Major League Baseball during the 1970s and 80s, Garvey was a 10-time All-Star and a National League MVP during a 19-year career.
Glass career: Glass played tight end in the NFL, including five seasons with the Browns and one with the Giants.
Together: Garvey was the quarterback at Chamberlain and Glass was his main receiver. Glass earned All-City first team honors by the Tampa Tribune while Garvey was honorable mention. Garvey finished as Chamberlain's leading scorer with 48 points on the season.

Tim Stoddard and Junior Bridgeman
School:
East Chicago Washington (Ind.) (closed in 1986)
Years: 1970-71
Stoddard career: In college, Stoddard played in a Final Four in basketball and the College World Series in baseball. He played 15 MLB seasons as a closer, including seven seasons with the Orioles when he won a World Series.
Bridgeman career: Considered one of the top "Sixth Men" in NBA history, Bridgeman played 12 seasons in the league including 10 with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Together: The 1970-71 East Chicago Washington team is considered one of the greatest teams in Indiana high school history after going 29-0 and finishing the season ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Sports News Service. Bridgeman and Stoddard were both on the state tournament's all-tourney first team along with teammate Pete Trgovich, a future UCLA Bruin. Ironically, Bridgeman was honorable mention all-state while Stoddard made second team and Trgovich made first team.

Hale Irwin and Dick Anderson
School: Boulder (Colo.)
Years: 1962-63
Irwin career: One of the top money winners on the PGA tour during the 1970s, Irwin has won three US Opens. He is the all-time wins leader on the PGA Champions Tour with 45 victories.
Anderson career: A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Anderson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973 and a member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.
Together: Irwin and Anderson were a deadly combination in football and basketball at Boulder. Irwin, a senior quarterback, was considered one of the top passers in the state and led Boulder to one of its best seasons in school history at 9-1. He earned All-Northern Colorado honors along with Anderson, a junior defensive back. Anderson and Irwin helped lead the basketball team to its best season in 14 years at 14-4. Anderson was the team's leading scorer while Irwin also started.

Ken Anderson and Dan Issel
School: Batavia (Ill.)
Years: 1965-66
Anderson career: Anderson made the Pro Bowl four times and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1981. He led the NFL in completion percentage three times.
Issel career: Issel played 16 seasons in the NBA and was a seven-time All-Star. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Together: Issel was an All-American while leading Batavia to a sectional championship and a 26-3 record. He averaged 25.8 points per game and signed with Wisconsin. Anderson was a starter on the 1966 team and averaged 16 points per game on the 1967 team that went undefeated in league play.

Ryan Harris and Joe Mauer
School:
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Years: 2000
Harris career: Harris played 10 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Mauer career: Mauer played 15 MLB seasons and was a six-time All-Star. He was also a three-time American League batting champion.
Together: Harris was a starting offensive tackle as a sophomore when Mauer was named the USA Today Player of the Year in 2000. Mauer led Cretin-Derham Hall to the state finals before falling to Eden Prairie. As a senior in 2002, Harris was considered one of the top linemen in the nation and the top prospect in Minnesota.

Aaron Pointer, Paul Silas and Wendell Hayes
School:
McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)
Years: 1959-60
Pointer career: Played three seasons for the Houston Colt .45's. He eventually became an NFL referee and is the older brother of the four sisters who formed the musical group "The Pointer Sisters."
Silas career: Silas spent 17 seasons in the NBA, winning three NBA championships (Celtics, Sonics) and making two All-Star games.
Hayes career: Hayes played 12 seasons in the NFL and rushed for 3,758 yards in his career. He won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs.
Together: McClymonds won the Northern California TOC with a win over Acalanes and ended the year with a 46-game win streak. Silas and Pointer both made the all-tournament team along with teammate, and leading scorer, Charles McKinney. Hayes was the starting point guard on the team.

Artimus Parker and Jerry Royster
School:
Sacramento (Calif.)
Years: 1969-70
Parker career: Played four seasons in the NFL and had five interceptions. He was a consensus All-American at Southern California.
Royster career: Spent 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, batting .249 with 40 home runs and 352 RBI.
Together: Parker and Royster played both football, basketball and baseball together at Sacramento. Parker was the league Player of the Year as a senior and both Parker (WR) and Royster (DB) were named All-City by the Sacramento Bee. Royster also made all-conference in basketball and was one of the top baseball and track stars in the city during the spring.

Drew Barry and Amani Toomer
School: De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Years: 1990-91
Barry career: The son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Drew played five seasons in the NBA after an All-ACC career at Georgia Tech.
Toomer career: Toomer played 13 seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, winning one Super Bowl. He had 668 career receptions for 9,497 yards.
Together: While Toomer was one of the top prep wide receivers in the nation, he was also a member of the De La Salle basketball team along with Barry. Toomer was an honorable mention All-Bay Area selection by the San Francisco Examiner while Barry made the second team.

Doug Williams and Barry Larkin
School:
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
Years: 1980
Williams career: A second-round pick out of Texas A&M, Williams, an offensive lineman, played six seasons in the NFL with the Oilers.
Larkin career: Larkin played 19 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 12 All-Star games. He was the National League MVP in 1995 and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Together: In Gerry Faust's final season, Moeller went 13-0 and earned the No. 1 national ranking. Williams was an all-state offensive lineman and was named the state lineman of the year. Larkin was a junior defensive back on the team and earned all-state honors the following season.

Willie McGinest and Tyus Edney
School:
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Years: 1989-90
McGinest career: The No. 4 overall pick in the 1994 draft, McGinest won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and appeared in two Pro Bowls in 15 seasons in the NFL.
Edney career: Edney had a 15-year career — four seasons in the NBA and 11 overseas. He was the Euroleague Final Four MVP in 1999.
Together: One of the top football players in the country, McGinest was also a talented basketball player. He earned All-South Coast honors while averaging 13.8 points and 12.6 rebounds. Edney averaged 14 points per game in helping Poly go 28-3. He signed a year later to play basketball at UCLA.

Gene Washington and Mack Calvin
School:
Long Beach Poly
Years: 1964-65
Washington career: One of the NFL's top receivers during the early 1970s, making four Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams. He had 385 receptions and 6,856 yards in his career.
Calvin career: A 13-year NBA/ABA veteran, Calvin was a five-time ABA All-Star and is a member of the All-time ABA team.
Together: Calvin and Washington were both members of Poly's 1965 CIF championship team and were named to the All-City team by the Independent Press-Telegram. Chuck Moore of Poly was the Player of the Year, but Calvin was a first-team member while averaging 15.6 points per game. Washington, a forward, was a second-team member and one of the team's top rebounders.

Joseph Forte, Keith Bogans and Brian Westbrook
School:
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Years: 1996-97
Forte career: A first-round pick of the Celtics in 2001, Forte played two seasons in the NBA and 12 seasons in Europe.
Bogans career: Played 11 seasons in the NBA with eight different teams.
Westbrook career: Westbrook played for nine seasons in the NFL and rushed for 6,335 yards while making two Pro Bowls.
Together: Westbrook was honorable mention all-state in football as a senior, but he also played on the DeMatha basketball team in 1997 with Forte and Bogans, both of whom were sophomores. Two years later, Forte and Bogans earned Parade Magazine first team All-American honors.

Dan Footman and Carl Everett
School:
Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.)
Years: 1988-89
Footman career: A second-round pick in the 1993 NFL draft, he played six seasons in the NFL before an injury ended his career.
Everett career: A two-time MLB All-Star and a World Series champion with the Chicago White Sox, Everett played 14 professional seasons.
Together: Footman was one of the top athletes in the Hillsborough County his senior year while Everett was a junior running back. Footman went on to a solid career at Florida State while Everett was All-County honorable mention in football the following year.

Mike Hershberger and Jim Houston
School:
Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
Years: 1955-56
Hershberger career: In 11 seasons as a Major League Baseball outfielder, Hershberger batted .252 with 26 home runs and 344 RBI.
Houston career: A 13-year NFL veteran with the Cleveland Browns, Houston made four Pro Bowls. He's also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame as member of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Together: After finishing No. 1 in the AP poll from 1948 to 1954, Washington (Massillon) finished behind Canton McKinley in 1955 and 1956. Hershberger (a junior) and Houston (a senior) were supposed to play together on the 1955 team, but Hershberger broke his leg early in the season. Houston earned all-state honors as a defensive end while Hershberger returned the following season and earned all-state honors as a defensive back.

Nick Williams and Mike Evans
School:
Ball (Galveston, Texas)
Years: 2011
Williams career: A second round draft pick by the Phillies, Williams played three seasons in Philadelphia as an outfielder, batting .254.
Evans career: A three-time Pro Bowl player with the Buccaneers, Evans has 507 catches for 7,823 yards in seven seasons.
Together: Despite having two future pro athletes on the team, Ball went just 1-9 in 2010 when both Evans and Williams were on the team. The two also played basketball, however, and led Ball to a 34-4 record with Evans averaging 19 points per game. Williams also played baseball in 2012 and hit 13 home runs.

Damien Richardson and McKay Christensen
School:
Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
Years: 1992-93
Richardson career: Played safety for seven seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.
Christensen career: Played four seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder, batting .250.
Together: Clovis West won the Central Section championship two seasons in a row with Christensen and Richardson leading the way. Christensen was an all-state running back while Richardson played defensive back. Both were named to the Shrine All-Star Game for the summer of 1994. Christensen went on to play baseball at Stanford while Richardson played football at Arizona State.

Trayce Thompson and Klay Thompson
School:
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Years: 2007-08
Trayce's career: Trayce has played six seasons at the Major League level with six different teams. The outfielder has batted .206 with 22 home runs.
Klay's career: One of the NBA's top three-point shooters, Thompson is a five-time All-Star and a three-time NBA champion.
Together: Klay's 3-point shooting was on center stage in the 2008 CIF state championship when he hit seven 3s en-route to a 37-point effort in leading Santa Margarita to the championship over Sacramento. Trayce added eight points in the win, including two three-pointers. Klay was named the Division III state Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.

Eric Bieniemy, Mazio Royster, Troy Auzene and J.R. Philips
School:
Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)
Years: 1985-86
Bieniemy career: After playing nine seasons in the NFL, Bieniemy has been an assistant coach in the NFL for the past 15 seasons.
Royster career: Played three seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers.
Auzene career: Played five seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Chicago Bears.
Phillip career: Phillips played seven seasons at the Major League level with a .188 batting average and 23 home runs.
Together: Bieniemy had an All-American season in leading Bishop Amat to an 11-1 record and a No. 8 ranking by USA Today before falling to Eisenhower in the second round of the Southern Section playoffs. Bieniemy ran for 2,001 yards and 30 touchdowns while Philips was the quarterback and threw for 919 yards. Auzene was an all-area offensive lineman while Royster was a junior running back who rushed for 707 yards.
Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school - OFFICIAL
Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school
With Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season set for Thursday, it's always fun to look back at where all of the starting pitchers went to high school. California has bragging rights this season as seven of the 30 projected starters finished their high school career playing in the Golden State.

In fact, three came from the same school, which is more than any state outside of California.

Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito and Max Fried all graduated from Harvard-Westlake. Giolito and Fried were both first-round selections in the 2012 MLB Draft while Flaherty was selected in the first round two years later.

Gerrit Cole, Kyle Hendricks, Shane Bieber and Tyler Glasnow are the other four Opening Day starters from California.

Colorado, Florida and Texas were the only other states with at least two pitchers featured.

In total, 15 states are represented along with the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and Venezuela.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
American League East

Baltimore Orioles — John Means, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) | Class of 2011
Didn't have any Division 1 offers coming out of high school but was selected in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Means elected to go to Fort Scott Community College before transferring to West Virginia a year later. He played his junior and senior year of high school with the Kansas City Royals' Bubba Starling, who was selected fifth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Boston Red Sox — Nathan Eovaldi, Alvin (Texas) | Class of 2008
After missing his junior season because of Tommy John surgery, he came back his senior year and went 12-1 with a 1.66 ERA. He added three saves and posted 72 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. Eovaldi was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018.

New York Yankees — Gerrit Cole, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) | Class of 2008
Went 8-2 during his senior year posting a 0.47 ERA to go with 121 strikeouts in 75 innings. The Yankees selected Cole with the 28th overall pick in 2008 but he elected to go to UCLA and after a three-year career with the Bruins he was taken first overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tampa Bay Rays — Tyler Glasnow, Hart (Newhall, Calif.) | Class of 2011
He became the seventh player to graduate from Hart that has played in the World Series joining Bob Walk, Kevin Millar, James Shields, Mike Montgomery, Todd Zeile and Trevor Bauer. He only had one offer coming out of high school and was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Toronto Blue Jays — Hyun-jin Ryu, South Korea
A year before signing with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2006 he played for his high school team in the Blue Dragon Open National Championship and did not allow a run throwing 22 consecutive scoreless innings and batted .389. After a seven-year career in the KBO, he has posted a 2.95 ERA in the Majors during his first eight seasons.

American League Central

Chicago White Sox — Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
The first of three Harvard-Westlake graduates featured who will be starting on Opening Day. He finished his high school career with a 12-2 record and 1.51 ERA and suffered an elbow injury during his senior year that resulted in Tommy John surgery. He struck out 106 batters in 97.2 innings. Giolito was selected 16th overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Cleveland Indians — Shane Bieber, Laguna Hills (Calif.) | Class of 2013
The reigning American League Cy Young award winner went 8-4 during his senior year posting a 1.40 ERA. After a three-year career at UC Santa Barbara, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by Cleveland.

Detroit Tigers — Matthew Boyd, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) | Class of 2009
Went 7-2 during his senior year striking out 91 batters in 58 innings while posting a 0.84 ERA. The season before he was 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA to go with 58 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

Kansas City Royals — Brad Keller, Flowery Branch (Ga.) | Class of 2013
Entered his senior year of high school with no offers or any interest from the Majors but in a regular season matchup against Clint Frazier and Loganville (Ga.) everything changed. He struck out Frazier during his first two at-bats and the interest picked up after that game from MLB scouts. Keller was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Minnesota Twins — Kenta Maeda, Japan
Maeda was selected by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp's in the 2006 Nippon Professional Baseball league draft out of PL Gakuen Senior High School. He pitched in the NPB from 2008 until 2015 before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has gone 53-36 with a 3.75 ERA during his first five years in the Majors.

American League West

Houston Astros Zack Greinke, Apopka (Fla.) | Class of 2002
Named the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year after going 9-2 during his senior year, posting a 0.55 earned run average to go with 118 strikeouts in 63 innings. The 2009 American League Cy Young winner finished his high school career with 31 home runs.

Los Angeles Angels Dylan Bundy, Owasso (Okla.) | Class of 2011
The only Opening Day starter to be named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year. He took home the award in 2011 and the only other two baseball players to claim this honor since 2003 are MacKenzie Gore (2017) and Bobby Witt Jr. (2019). During his senior year, he went 11-0 and had a 0.25 ERA to go with 158 strikeouts in 71 innings. Bundy was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in each of his final three years of high school and was selected fourth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

Oakland Athletics Chris Bassitt, Genoa Area (Genoa, Ohio) | Class of 2007
Bassitt posted a 1.56 ERA during his senior year and struck out 65 batters in 56 innings. He was also a standout basketball player and was named to the all-league team in both sports.

Seattle Mariners Marco Gonzales, Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Gonzales won a state title every year during his high school career. He went 11-0 during his senior season and posted a 2.20 ERA to go with 87 strikeouts in 54 innings. Named the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year that season and also batted .486 to go with seven home runs and 36 RBI. 

Texas Rangers Kyle Gibson, Greenfield-Central (Greenfield, Ind.) | Class of 2006
Went 15-8 during his two years pitching for the Cougars while posting a 1.19 ERA to go with 251 strikeouts. He was selected in the 36th round of the 2006 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies but elected to go to the University of Missouri instead.

National League East

Atlanta Braves Max Fried, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
Only played his senior year at Harvard-Westlake after transferring from Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) after it shut down the baseball program. Fried went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA to go with 105 strikeouts in 66 innings during his senior season and was selected seventh overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Miami Marlins Sandy Alcantara, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 as an international free agent.

In high school, one of the best pitchers currently in baseball was barely noticed. He attended a school that had roughly 400 students from kindergarten to 12th grade and went undrafted during the 2007 draft. Shortstop was his primary position and he might of been an even better basketball player in high school. Played third base and shortstop during his first two years of college at Stetson University before pitching in 17 games during his junior season. The Mets selected deGrom in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola, Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) | Class of 2011
Finished his high school career 21-2 and had 214 strikeouts in 152 innings. Nola posted a sub-1.85 ERA in each of his final three years and was named the Class 5A State Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association in 2011. He helped lead the Bears to a 5A state title during his junior season.

Washington Nationals Max Scherzer, Parkway Central (Chesterfield, Mo.) | Class of 2003
The three-time Cy Young award winner played baseball and basketball all four years of high school and started at quarterback as a freshman for the football team. During his final game as a high school pitcher he threw a five-inning no-hitter while striking out 13 batters. Scherzer was selected in the 43rd round of the 2003 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals but elected to go to the University of Missouri. After a three-year career with the Tigers, he was selected 11th overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

National League Central

Went 8-2 during his senior year and posted a 0.93 ERA while striking out 65 batters in 75 innings. The Angels selected Hendricks in the 39th round in 2008 but he elected to go Dartmouth and was taken by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round three years later.

Cincinnati Reds — Luis Castillo, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2011 as an international free agent.

Milwaukee Brewers — Brandon Woodruff, Wheeler (Miss.) | Class of 2011
Led the Eagles with a .618 average and three home runs during his senior season and posted a 1.62 ERA en route to being an all-state selection. As a junior, he went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA while striking out 100 batters in 49.1 innings to go with a .534 average and five home runs. As a sophomore, he had 46 strikeouts in 18 innings and posted a 1.20 ERA to go with a .565 batting average, nine home runs and 31 RBI.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Chad Kuhl, Middletown (Del.) | Class of 2010
He comes from the same high school as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Godwin and was named the state's Player of the Year in 2010 by the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association after going 9-2 while posting a 1.47 ERA. He was also an all-state selection as a first baseman after batting .433 with eight home runs.

St. Louis Cardinals — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2014
The year after Giolito and Fried graduated, Flaherty, then a junior, led the Wolverines to a CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. He pitched a complete-game shutout and drove in the lone run in a 1-0 win against Marina (Huntington Beach) at Dodger Stadium. Flaherty went 23-0 during his final two years of high school and posted a 0.63 ERA to go with 237 strikeouts in 167 innings. He was named the California Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks — Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.) | Class of 2007
The 2014 World Series MVP went 11-2 during his senior year and had a 1.05 ERA to go with 143 strikeouts in 86 innings. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI while leading the Spartans to a 4A state championship. Bumgarner was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected 10th overall in 2007 by the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado Rockies — German Marquez, Venezuela
Pitched professionally in Venezuela before signing an international deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. 

Los Angeles Dodgers — Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park (Dallas) | Class of 2006
The three-time National League Cy Young award winner went 13-0 and posted a 0.77 ERA during his senior season. He added 139 strikeouts in 64 innings and was selected seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2006.

San Diego Padres — Yu Darvish, Japan
Darvish was 7-3 in his final year for Tohoku High School and despite being heavily scouted, chose to play professionally in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After a seven-year career in Japan, he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2012 and has a career 3.47 ERA in nine seasons.

San Francisco Giants — Kevin Gausman, Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Went 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA and had 76 strikeouts in 52.1 innings and batted .371 during his senior season to go with three home runs and 27 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Draft but elected to go to LSU and was taken fourth overall two years later by the Baltimore Orioles after going 12-2 with a 2.77 ERA during his sophomore season for the Tigers.
High school softball rankings: No. 1 Chino Hills in action as California action heats up in OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: No. 1 Chino Hills in action as California action heats up in MaxPreps Top 25
With spring officially upon us, action in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings is heating up. A battle of nationally-ranked California teams helps kick off the season while No. 1 Chino Hills (Calif.) also takes the field this week.

No. 5 Norco (Calif.) and eighth-ranked Los Alamitos (Calif.) square off Tuesday in a game full of talent. Expect Stevie Hansen to be in the circle for the Cougars as the Oregon signee has struck out 178 batters in 101 innings of work. The Griffins, meanwhile, have one of the top lineups in the country with Sophia Nugent (Oklahoma) and Emma Sellers (South Carolina) among the SoCal power's returning big bats.

Fairhope (Ala.) is the lone newcomer to this week's rankings. The Pirates have won 15-straight as LSU commit Alea Johnson is 5-0 in the circle with a 0.24 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched.
Stevie Hansen, Norco
File photo by Michael Pineda
Stevie Hansen, Norco
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Chino Hills (Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 1
Season opens March 25.

2. Leander (Texas)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 2
Junior Marley Neises has hit nine home runs for the undefeated Lions.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 11-1 | Last week: 3
After off week, The Mustangs resume play on Thursday at home against Hardee.

4. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 3
Season opens April 17.

5. Norco (Calif.)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 5
Stevie Hansen struck out 12 as the Cougars opened the season with an 8-0 win over Ramona.

6. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 6
Junior Illiana Hernandez is batting .407 with three home runs for the Cobras.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record: 18-1-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies have a strong pitching rotation as four different pitchers have at least 15 innings of work.

8. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 8
The Griffins scored 12 runs in two games but face No. 5 Norco next.

9. Trenton (Fla.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: 9
The Tigers have outscored opponents 67-13 in eight games.

10. Eastern Alamance (Mebane, N.C.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 7
Season opens March 23.

11. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 12
Season opens April 3.

12. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 13
UC Santa Barbara commit Daryn Siegel blasted two home runs in a 12-1 season-opening win.

13. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 14
Season opens April 5.

14. Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 15
Season opens March 23.

15. Saugus (Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 16
Season opens March 31.

16. Warren (San Antonio)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 17
The Warriors have not allowed a run in the last seven games.

17. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record: 20-2 | Last week: 18
The Eagles have rolled of 15-straight wins.

18. Sickles (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
Junior Reese Wimberly is off to a hot start, batting .562 for the Gryphons.

19. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 20
Three pitchers, juniors Brenna Kelly, Emiley Kennedy and sophomore Ava Brown have a combined 0.58 ERA.

20. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record: 10-1 | Last week: 21
Auburn commit Emmah Rolfe continues to show her dominance in the circle.

21. O'Connor (Phoenix)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: 11
The Eagles drop this week after a 4-3 loss to Basha.

22. Glen Allen (Va.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 22
Season opens April 13.

23. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 23
Season opens April 15.

24. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 24
Season opens March 22.

25. Fairhope (Ala.)
Record:
16-1 | Last week: NR
The Prates have 16 home runs as a team. Five players have hit two or more long balls.

On the bubble: Santa Fe (Texas); Cooper City (Fla.); Central (Phenix City, Ala.); Barbe (Lake Charles, La.); Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.)
Greatest high school athlete from all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Greatest high school athlete from all 50 states
Who is better: Jim Brown or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Choose between John Elway and Jackie Robinson. How about Bo Jackson or Willie Mays? Those might seem like odd questions, but they are valid topics of conversation when trying to determine the greatest athlete from each state.

MaxPreps has chosen the best athlete from all 50 states, along with the District of Columbia. The criteria is simple: Who has the best overall career from high school to the professional level? While playing more than one sport was helpful, single-sport success did not eliminate an athlete, such as Shaquille O'Neal and Magic Johnson, from consideration.
Ezekiel Elliott played prep football at Burroughs (St. Louis).
File photo by Mark Guthrel
Ezekiel Elliott played prep football at Burroughs (St. Louis).
Greatest high school athlete from all 50 states

Alabama
Bo Jackson, McAdory (McCalla)
One of the few athletes in the last century to play professional baseball and football, a hip injury while playing for the Oakland Raiders cut short Jackson's career. In high school, the future Heisman Trophy winner excelled in football, indoor track and field, and baseball, setting state records in the latter two sports.

Alaska
Carlos Boozer, Juneau-Douglas (Juneau)
The two-time NBA All-Star is the most decorated athlete to come from Alaska. A two-time All-American in high school and a third-team All-American in college, Boozer also won an NCAA championship at Duke and played 14 years in the NBA.

Arizona
Jim Palmer, Scottsdale
The Hall of Fame pitcher won three Cy Young awards and was a three-time World Series champion with the Orioles. In high school, he was an all-state second team receiver at Scottsdale, a first-team all-state basketball selection and one of the state's top pitchers with a 6-2 overall record.

Arkansas
Don Hutson, Pine Bluff
Hutson was way ahead of his time while playing wide receiver in the NFL in the 1930s and 40s with the Green Bay Packers. Despite retiring in 1945, Hutson still holds 13 NFL records. Playing for one of the greatest high school football programs of its day, Hutson earned all-state honors in football and basketball while playing baseball for the local town team.

California
Jackie Robinson, Muir (Pasadena)
Robinson's legendary status and impact on the game of baseball is secure, but it wasn't the only sport he excelled in at the high school level. He was an All-Southland player in basketball and football and helped the track team win a state championship. He enjoyed great success in basketball and football at UCLA before moving on to the Major Leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Colorado
Earl "Dutch" Clark, Pueblo Central (Pueblo)
A Hall of Famer at the high school, college and professional level, Clark was one of the top running backs in the NFL during the league's second decade. He also led the basketball team at Pueblo Central to a state championship and set state records in track and field.

Connecticut
Steve Young, Greenwich
Born in Utah, Young played high school football in Connecticut where he earned all-state honors as a running quarterback. He developed into one of the game's best passing quarterbacks, finishing his NFL career with the game's best passer rating (he now ranks sixth). He also played basketball and baseball in high school.

Delaware
Elena Delle Donne, Ursuline Academy (Wilmington)
Delle Donne ranks as one of the top players in WNBA history and one of the greatest high school girls basketball players of all-time. She is a two-time WNBA MVP, led the nation in scoring while at the University of Delaware and won an Olympic gold medal in 2016. In high school, Delle Donne became the state's all-time leading scorer while leading Ursuline to three state titles. She was the No. 1 recruit in the nation as a senior.
Elena Delle Donne, Ursuline Academy
File photo by Kevin Yen
Elena Delle Donne, Ursuline Academy
District of Columbia
Elgin Baylor, Springarn
By the time Baylor retired from the NBA midway through the 1972 season, he was the league's third all-time leading scorer behind Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson. He played one year at Springarn and averaged 36.1 points per game in league play.

Florida
Deion Sanders, North Fort Myers
Basketball might have been Sanders' best sport in high school as he averaged 24 points per game. In football, he earned All-Southwest Florida honors as a quarterback while in baseball he went in the sixth round of the MLB draft. He is regarded as one of the NFL's top all-time cornerbacks and also played nine seasons in the Majors.

Georgia
Herschel Walker, Johnson County (Wrightsville)
Although his records have since been broken, Walker was a revelation as a high school running back in Georgia. His 3,167 yards in 1979 broke the previous state record by 600 yards. He also nearly became the first college freshman to win a Heisman Trophy (he later won as a junior). While his NFL career did not match the promise he showed in college, it should be noted that he played three of his prime seasons in the USFL, where he gained 5,562 yards.

Hawaii
Marcus Mariota, St. Louis (Honolulu)
Mariota edges out fellow St. Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the honor as the state's greatest athlete. Mariota was the state player of the year while leading St. Louis to a state championship. He went on to win the Heisman Trophy at Oregon along with the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and started for the Tennessee Titans before signing with the Raiders.

Idaho
Harmon Killebrew, Payette
Known as one of Major League Baseball's greatest home run hitters with the Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was also a standout football player at Payette. Wigwam Wiseman named Killebrew to its All-American fourth team in 1953. Shortly after graduating in 1954, Killebrew signed with the Washington Senators and made his MLB debut on June 23. He played 22 seasons and hit 573 home runs.

Illinois
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lincoln, East St. Louis (now East St. Louis)
CBS News picked Joyner-Kersee as the top female athlete of all-time in 2015 and Sports Illustrated did the same earlier last week. No argument here. In high school, she was an all-state basketball player and one of the top track athletes in the nation. She played both sports at UCLA and embarked on an Olympic career that saw her win three golds, a silver and two bronze medals in the long jump and heptathlon over the course of four Olympic Games.

Indiana
Oscar Robertson, Crispus Attucks (Indianapolis)
A case could be made that Robertson is the best all-around player in the history of high school, college and professional basketball. He led Crispus Attucks to a 62-1 record and two state titles and at Cincinnati he finished his career as the NCAA's all-time leading scorer. While Robertson is often mentioned as the first player to average a triple-double in a single season, what should be pointed out is that over his first five seasons in the NBA he averaged 10.4 rebounds, 10.6 assists and 30.3 points per game.

Iowa
Bob Feller, Van Meter
A Hall of Fame pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, Feller struck out 15 batters in his first professional start. He also had 17 strikeouts in a game later that season. After the season was over, Feller went back to Van Meter for his senior year. That's right, Feller posted a 5-3 record in the Major Leagues between his junior and senior year in high school. He won 266 career games, and likely would have won more if not for his four years of service in World War II during his prime.

Kansas
Jim Ryun, East (Wichita)
As a high school junior, Ryun became the first high school athlete to run a sub-4 minute mile as he clocked a 3:59 in 1964. He ran sub-4 five times while in high school and won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete at the age of 19. He won the silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in the 1,500 meters and once held the world record in six running events.

Kentucky
Shaun Alexander, Boone County (Florence)
The top running back ever to come out of Kentucky, he rushed for 6,657 yards in high school and was a USA Today All-American. He was also All-American in college at Alabama and made the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team while rushing for 9,453 career yards. He also played basketball, baseball and ran track in high school.

Louisiana
Peyton Manning, Newman (New Orleans)
MaxPreps has previously ranked Manning as the greatest high school football player in history, based on his accomplishments at the high school, college and professional level. He finished his career as the NFL's all-time leader in yards and touchdowns (since passed) and he still holds 20 NFL records.

Maine
Cindy Blodgett, Lawrence (Fairfield)
A three-time Gatorade State basketball Player of the Year, Blodgett went on to have a spectacular college career in which she led the nation in scoring four straight seasons. She was the fourth NCAA player to score over 3,000 career points (3,005) and she still ranks No. 13 all-time in NCAA history. She played four seasons in the WNBA.

Maryland
Michael Phelps, Towson
Winner of 23 swimming gold medals over four Summer Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), Phelps was winning gold on an international level when he was in high school. He competed in the 2000 Olympics at 15 and set his first world record the following year at the World Championships. By the time he turned 18, Phelps had already won eight gold medals at the international level and set five world records.

Massachusetts
Patrick Ewing, Cambridge Rindge & Latin (Cambridge)
During the 1981 basketball season, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone weren't the most prized recruits in the nation. That honor went to Ewing, a three-time Parade All-American. Ewing won an NCAA championship at Georgetown, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft and enjoyed an 18-year career.

Michigan
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Everett (Lansing)
Within a four-year period, Johnson won a high school state championship at Everett, an NCAA championship at Michigan State and an NBA championship with the Lakers. He went on to win five NBA titles and three NBA Most Valuable Player awards before entering the Hall of Fame.

Minnesota
Joe Mauer, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul)
The only athlete to ever earn USA Today National Player of the Year in football and baseball. He made six All-Star games with the Minnesota Twins. In the history of Major League Baseball, a catcher has won a batting title seven times. Mauer owns three of those titles.

Mississippi
Jerry Rice, Moor
Rice might have been a bit of an unknown on the national level while in high school, but that didn't mean he wasn't an outstanding high school player. He earned all-conference honors in football and basketball before a Hall of Fame career in the NFL. He still holds 13 NFL records including No. 1 all-time in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Missouri
Ezekiel Elliott, Burroughs (St. Louis)
Although five years into his NFL career, Elliott already ranks as one of the most accomplished athletes to come out of the Show Me State. A football and track and field star in high school, Elliott was the offensive player of the year in football by the Post Dispatch and the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Track and Field. At Ohio State, Elliott won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. In the NFL, he is a two-time league rushing leader and a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Elliott beats out New York Yankee great Yogi Berra, who reportedly did not play high school sports.

Montana
Pat Donovan, Helena
A four-time Pro Bowl player in the NFL with the Cowboys as an offensive lineman, Donovan was all-state in football and basketball in high school and won six gold medals at the state meet in track. He is a member of the National High School Hall of Fame.

Nebraska
Bob Gibson, Omaha Tech (closed in 1984)
Gibson played American Legion baseball in high school, but he was an all-state player in basketball and track. He was a third-team All-American in basketball at Creighton before joining the St. Louis Cardinals. The Hall of Famer was a nine-time All-Star with two Cy Young Awards.

Nevada
Bryce Harper, Las Vegas
Harper only played two seasons of high school baseball, earning All-American honors as a sophomore before getting his GED in 2009 and playing collegiate baseball in 2010. He was the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and won Rookie of the Year honors in 2012. Only 28, Harper is a six-time MLB All-Star.

New Hampshire
Carlton Fisk, Charlestown
A Hall of Fame catcher with the Red Sox and White Sox, Fisk was also a standout on the hardcourt. He led Charlestown to a state championship as a sophomore and played college basketball at the University of New Hampshire.

New Jersey
Mike Trout, Millville
Trout set a state record with 18 home runs as a senior and was a first-round draft pick by the Angels in 2009. Since then, Trout has become one of the top sluggers in the league. He is an eight-time MLB All-Star and has won three MVP awards.

New Mexico
Brian Urlacher, Lovington
All-state in football and basketball, Urlacher led Lovington to a 14-0 season as a running back and defensive back. He bulked up once he reached the NFL and became one of the game's top linebackers. He went to eight Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

New York
Jim Brown, Manhasset
In the closest call of any states on the list, Brown edges Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the top spot in New York. Both are considered, by some, to be the best player of all-time in their respective sports. Brown gets the nod here due to his prowess in basketball (he led the nation in scoring as a senior at 38 points per game) and was also one of the nation's top lacrosse players.

North Carolina
Michael Jordan, E.A. Laney (Wilmington)
On the 1981 Street and Smith high school preseason All-American team, Jordan was nowhere to be found, not even honorable mention. But that didn't mean he was a "no name" coming out of high school. North Carolina thought enough of Jordan to recruit him early in his senior year. By the time his senior season had ended, he was a Parade All-American and the MVP of the McDonald's All-American game. The rest is history — six NBA championships, five NBA MVP awards and 14 All-Star appearances.

North Dakota
Roger Maris, Shanley (Fargo)
Known as Roger Maras in high school, the future MLB home run king, earned all-state honors in football and was Shanley's leading scorer in basketball. He played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues and was twice named the league MVP.

Ohio
LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron)
If he hadn't given up football following his sophomore year, James might have been the greatest two-sport athlete in high school history. A three-time Parade All-American and a two-time national player of the year in basketball, James was also all-state in football as a sophomore. He won his fourth NBA title earlier this month with the Lakers and ranks No. 3 on the league's all-time scoring list.
LeBron James played football and basketball at St. Vincent-St. Mary.
File photo by Lonnie Webb
LeBron James played football and basketball at St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Oklahoma
Mickey Mantle, Commerce
A 20-time All-Star and a three-time MVP, Mantle played semi-professional baseball and signed with the Yankees following his graduation in 1949. He was also the leading scorer on the football team and the basketball team.

Oregon
Danny Ainge, North Eugene (Eugene)
A high school All-American in football and basketball, Ainge was also drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. After three seasons in the Minor Leagues and an All-American basketball career at BYU, Ainge played 15 seasons in the NBA.

Pennsylvania
Wilt Chamberlain, Overbrook (Philadelphia)
The Keystone State is home to a number of great NFL quarterbacks, like Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino and Joe Montana, but none of them can match the performance of Chamberlain, who was the greatest scorer the NBA has ever seen. His 50.4 scoring average in 1962 is one of the unbreakable records in the NBA. A great scorer in high school as well, Chamberlain had 90 points in one game and finished his career at Overbrook as the state's all-time leading scorer with 2,252 points.

Rhode Island
Davey Lopes, La Salle Academy (Providence)
An all-state player in basketball and baseball, Lopes played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made four All-Star games and had 557 stolen bases in his career.

South Carolina
A.J. Green, Summerville
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection in the NFL, Green ranked No. 3 nationally in career yards when he graduated from high school. He also played on a state championship basketball team and ran track at Summerville.

South Dakota
Adam Vinatieri, Rapid City Central (Rapid City)
Besides earning all-state honors as a punter in high school, Vinatieri was also a state place winner in wrestling. He played 24 seasons in the NFL and is the league's all-time leading scorer with 2,673 points. He was also named to the NFL's 100th Anniversary Team.

Tennessee
Reggie White, Howard Tech (Chattanooga)
The No. 1 recruit in the state coming out of high school, White was an All-American at Tennessee and went on to make the Pro Bowl 13 times during a 16-year NFL career. He was named to the All-Decade team for the 1980s and 1990s as well as the 100-year Anniversary Team.

Texas
Shaquille O'Neal, Cole (San Antonio)
Texas might be viewed as a football state, but its greatest athlete is O'Neal. He led Cole to a 68-1 record during his high school career and went on to a 19-year career that included 15 All-Star appearances and four NBA titles.

Utah
Merlin Olsen, Logan
A Wigwam Wiseman All-American football player, Olsen was also all-state in basketball. He developed into one of the NFL's greatest defensive linemen, earning selection to 14 Pro Bowls during a Hall of Fame career.

Vermont
Billy Kidd, Stowe
Vermont has some of the best ski resorts in the nation and one of them, Stowe, produced the state's greatest athlete. Billy Kidd was a teenage phenom, winning national downhill skiing events while a junior in high school. In 1964, Kidd became the first American downhill skier to win a medal (silver) in the Olympics.

Virginia
Allen Iverson, Bethel (Hampton)
Iverson was the state player of the year in both football and basketball as a junior and later earned All-American honors at Georgetown. He was a four-time NBA scoring champion and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Washington
Ryne Sandberg, North Central (Spokane)
Sandberg first gained high school recognition as a Parade All-American quarterback; however, the Phillies drafted him in the 20th round of the 1979 draft and he embarked on a Major League Baseball career instead. He's generally considered one of the top 10 second basemen in MLB history and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

West Virginia
Randy Moss, DuPont (now closed)
Moss was a two-time state player of the year in basketball and led the football team to a pair of state championships. He also won multiple state championships in track and field before moving on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL.

Wisconsin
J.J. Watt, Pewaukee
Watt was not a highly-rated recruit coming out of high school, warranting only two stars by Scout and Rivals. However, he was an all-state tight end in football and won a state championship in the shot put. After an All-American career at Wisconsin, Watt became the second player to earn the league defensive player of the year honor three times.

Wyoming
Rulon Gardner, Star Valley (Afton)
An all-state football player, a state champion in wrestling and a state champion in the shot put in track and field, Gardner gained his greatest fame in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Greco Roman wrestling when he defeated Russian Aleksandr Karelin for the Gold Medal. Karelin had been undefeated for 13 years and unscored upon for the previous six years.
OFFICIAL/WBCA Players of the Week: February 22-28 - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 22-28
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
5 Games Played
Points: 20.0 Rebounds: 1.0 Steals: 3.4

Region 2:
4 Games Played
Points: 33.3 Rebounds: 12.5 Steals: 4.2

Region 3:
3 Games Played
Points: 42.0 Rebounds: 7.0 Steals: 3.0

Region 4:

3 Games Played
Points: 24.0 Rebounds: 4.3 Steals: 4.0

Region 5:

2 Games Played
Points: 28.0 Rebounds: 11.0 Steals: 5.0

Region 6:
3 Games Played
Points: 33.0 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 27.3 Rebounds: 6.0 Steals: 3.0

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 11.0 Rebounds: 4.5 Steals: 2.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 38.7 Rebounds: 10.6 Steals: 3.0

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.