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Class of 1994

Posted on November 24 2019


 In this ongoing series, The Chucker, High Volume Shooters’ resident historian, revisits the annual rankings of the nation’s top high school basketball prospects. Today, The Chucker studies the Class of 1994.

Solid, though ultimately unspectacular. That’s perhaps the best way to characterize the Class of 1994. While the group produced a number of steady NBA pros, the likes of Lorenzen Wright, Raef LaFrentz, and Adonal Foyle among them, the Class of 1994 had but one headline act – and it’s a baller you won’t even find in any of the rankings or on any of the post-season all-star game rosters.

The Chart Topper: Jerod Ward captured Naismith Prep Player of the Year honors and was the signature piece of a vaunted recruiting class at Michigan labeled Fab Five II. In his freshman year with the Wolverines, however, Ward struggled to adapt to Big 10 play and averaged only 6 points per contest. Though his career ticked upward from there, his prep dominance never translated to college stardom. Ward finished his four-year, 99-game Michigan career with averages of 9 points and 5 rebounds per game.

The Highest Rated “Who?”: Michael Spruell. After a record-setting prep career in Georgia, Spruell then led Okaloosa-Walton Community College to the national junior college championship as a freshman. Thereafter, he signed with Auburn, though he would never play a game for the Tigers. In 1996, he was arrested and charged with rape, sodomy, and aggravated assault. After two mistrials, a jury found him guilty of the charges in March 1997.


The Diaper Dandy: Allen Iverson. Legal troubles, including a five-year prison sentence for his alleged role in a bowling center brawl, derailed Iverson’s high school career, which explains his absence from recruiting rankings, high school All-American teams, and post-season all-star game rosters. When Iverson arrived at Georgetown in 1994, a controversial enrollment at the prestigious Catholic university, he immediately dazzled with his mix of athleticism, scoring ability, and undeniable flair.                                                                    The Best NBA Player: An NBA MVP and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honoree, Iverson’s the clear-cut winner here, but considering him a member of the Class of 1994 is a murky call. So, we’ll give this honor to Antoine Walker. The Chicago prep star followed a two-year stint at Kentucky with a 12-year NBA career in which he averaged nearly 18 points per game and popularized The Shimmy.

The Sleeper: Hard to overlook a guy named Bonzi, but Bonzi Wells sat far down national talent evaluators’ lists. The Muncie, Indiana, native went on to star at Ball State before becoming an NBA lottery pick after a storied four-year career with the Cardinals. The only Bonzi in NBA history, Wells played 10 seasons in the NBA.

19nine Connections: St. John’s landed a pair of 1994’s top prospects in Zendon Hamilton and New York City prep legend Felipe Lopez, whose iconic Sports Illustrated cover ramped up the hype machine. The Red Storm’s 1994-1995 shorts are arguably the most memorable, distinctive shorts in NCAA basketball history.


Class of 1994 Top 50

*Courtesy of Hoop Scoop

Zendon Hamilton

Floral Park (Sewanhaka) NY

St. John's

Jerod Ward

Clinton (H.S.) MS


Antoine Walker

Chicago (Mt. Carmel) IL


Felipe Lopez

New York (Rice) NY

St. John's

Kareem Reid

Bronx (St. Raymond's) NY


Raef LaFrentz

Monona (M-F-L) IA


Danny Fortson

Pittsburgh (Shaler) PA


Adonal Foyle

Hamilton (Central) NY


Andrae Patterson

Abeline (Cooper) TX


Michael Spruell

Albany (H.S.) GA


Lorenzen Wright

Memphis (Washington) TN

Memphis State

Samaki Walker

Columbus (Whitehall) OH


Luther Clay

Pittsfield (Maine Central Institute) ME

Alex Sanders

Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA


Jelani Gardner

Bellfower (St. John Bosco) CA


Maceo Baston

Dallas (Spruce) TX


Corey Louis

Miami (Northwestern) FL

Florida State

Maurice Taylor

Detroit (Henry Ford) MI


Willie Mitchell

Detroit (Pershing) MI


Curtis Staples

Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA


Omm'a Givens

Aberdeen (H.S.) WA


Norman Nolan

Baltimore (Dunbar) MD


Charlie Miller

Miami (South Miami) FL


Mark Young

Baton Rouge (McKinley) LA

Kansas State

Ricky Price

Gardena (Serra) CA


Tremaine Fowlkes

Los Angeles (Crenshaw) CA


Jerry Gee

Chicago (St. Martin DePorres) IL


Mike Maddox

College Park (Mays) IL

Georgia Tech

Trajan Langdon

Anchorange (East) AK


Steve Wojciechowski

Baltimore (Cardinal Gibbons) MD


Jahidi White

St. Louis (Cardinal Ritter) MO


Tony Gonzalez

Huntington Beach (H.S.) CA


Lamar Greer

Cape May Court House (Middle Township) NJ

Florida State

Bryant Notree

Chicago (Simeon) IL


Chris Herren

Fall River (Durfee) MA

Boston College

Kris Johnson

Los Angeles (Crenshaw) CA


Kevin Simpson

Baltimore (Southern) MD

D'Juan Baker

Arlington (Martin) TX

Oklahoma State

Kellii Taylor

Washington (Archbishop Carroll) DC


Prince Fowler

Las Vegas (Western) NV


Chris Manuel

New Iberia (H.S.) LA

Southwestern La.

Leron Williams

Brandenton (Southeast) FL


Tyrone Nesby

Cairo (H.S.) IL


Neil Reed

Metairie (East Jefferson) LA


Kendrick Moore

Hartford (Public) CT


Rashad Tucker

Carbondale (H.S.) IL

Lincoln JC

Lynard Stewart

Philadelphia (Simon Gratz) PA


Ishua Benjamin

Concord (H.S.) NC

N.C. State

Bryce Drew

Valparaiso (H.S.) IN


Johnny Miller

Quarrysville (Solanco) PA



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