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2020-21 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023

Camden star joins list of past winners that includes R.J. Barrett and Jayson Tatum.

2021-May-24
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team, highlighted by National Sophomore of the Year D.J. Wagner of Camden (N.J.).

Wagner, a 6-foot-3 guard regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, averaged 22.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season for Camden, which finished No. 9 in the MaxPreps Top 25. The Panthers have amassed a record of 42-1 in his two years with the program.

The son and grandson of former NBA players, Wagner joins a list of past winners that includes R.J. Barrett, Jayson Tatum and Andrew Wiggins. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
First team SIAA selection averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest to help the Flame to the Grind Session quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scored 32 points in the Phenom Hoops Hoopstate championship game victory over Liberty Heights.

6-11 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Colorado Player of the Year averaged 22.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game while shooting better than 65 percent from the field to help the Lions win their fourth state championship.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection averaged 28.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per outing to lead Broncos to 12-2 record.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
A MaxPreps Freshman All-American a year ago, Garden State star scored 20 points or more points in 11 of 13 games in abbreviated season and is already closing in on 1,000 career points.

Second Team

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A honorable mention selection averaged 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals per contest to help lead the Wildcats to their second consecutive state title.

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Tallied 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Eagles won their first state title since 2012 and earned first GEICO Nationals berth.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Division III Southwest District Player of the Year averaged 23.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
A key cog in the sixth-ranked Panthers' second straight state championship run, averaged 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
TABC All-Region selection and District 5-6A MVP averaged 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists to help the Lions to a 25-3 finish.

Third Team

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 1-5A Player of the Year averaged 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists as the Huskies reached the regional semifinals.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
Class 2A first team selection averaged 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game, guiding the Greenies to their first state title game appearance since 1993.

6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Sent the Scorpions to the Class 1A state semifinals, averaging 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Elite post presence averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line.

Mikey Williams, Lake Norman Christian (Davidson, N.C.)
6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
California native had a strong first season in the Tar Heel State, averaging around 20 points, four rebounds and three assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Four-star guard sparked the Eagles' Class 3A championship run, averaging 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

7-0 | Center | Uncommitted
Rapidly-developing South Sudan native averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in his second year of organized basketball.

Ryan Bewley, West Oaks Academy
6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect and twin brother of first teamer Matt Bewley regularly produced double-doubles against a challenging national schedule.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while shooting 64.3 percent from the field to help the Warriors go 16-2 en route to the program's first state championship.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Rams reach the 7A state quarterfinals, averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per contest while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 12.6 points per contest, helping the Eagles advance to the section 4-AAA title game.

Julius Clark, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Versatile wing prospect was a key cog in the Spartans' Class 6A championship run, producing 14 points and 8 rebounds in the title game.

Jeremy Fears Jr. , La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 25 prospect averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest while handling primary ball-handling duties for the Lakers.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
Sidelined for nearly a month midway through the season due to COVID-19 protocols, but still averaged 20.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game for the 8-3 Bulldogs.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Holloway was a bright spot for the 8-11 Lions, averaging 21.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Four-star prospect averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest to help Attucks go 18-7.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 20 prospect averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest to earn All-United Division first team honors.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Led the Cougars to their first state championship, averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.4 assists per outing while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect took a significant step in his second year with the Lions, averaging 12.4 points, six assists and four rebounds per contest.

Past MaxPreps Sophomores of the Year
2020 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2019 — Jonathan Kuminga, Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.)
2018 — Jalen Green, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
2017 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2016 — Romeo Langford, New Albany (Ind.)
2015 — M.J. Walker, Jonesboro (Ga.)
2014 — Joshua Jackson, Consortium College Prep (Detroit); Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2013 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2012 — Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)
2011 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
2010 — DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)