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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.

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Class of 1994 Top 50

*Courtesy of Hoop Scoop

Zendon Hamilton

Floral Park (Sewanhaka) NY

St. John's

Jerod Ward

Clinton (H.S.) MS

Michigan

Antoine Walker

Chicago (Mt. Carmel) IL

Kentucky

Felipe Lopez

New York (Rice) NY

St. John's

Kareem Reid

Bronx (St. Raymond's) NY

Arkansas

Raef LaFrentz

Monona (M-F-L) IA

Kansas

Danny Fortson

Pittsburgh (Shaler) PA

Cincinnati

Adonal Foyle

Hamilton (Central) NY

Colgate

Andrae Patterson

Abeline (Cooper) TX

Indiana

Michael Spruell

Albany (H.S.) GA

Providence

Lorenzen Wright

Memphis (Washington) TN

Memphis State

Samaki Walker

Columbus (Whitehall) OH

Louisville

Luther Clay

Pittsfield (Maine Central Institute) ME

Alex Sanders

Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA

Louisville

Jelani Gardner

Bellfower (St. John Bosco) CA

California

Maceo Baston

Dallas (Spruce) TX

Michigan

Corey Louis

Miami (Northwestern) FL

Florida State

Maurice Taylor

Detroit (Henry Ford) MI

Michigan

Willie Mitchell

Detroit (Pershing) MI

Michigan

Curtis Staples

Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA

Virginia

Omm'a Givens

Aberdeen (H.S.) WA

UCLA

Norman Nolan

Baltimore (Dunbar) MD

Virginia

Charlie Miller

Miami (South Miami) FL

Indiana

Mark Young

Baton Rouge (McKinley) LA

Kansas State

Ricky Price

Gardena (Serra) CA

Duke

Tremaine Fowlkes

Los Angeles (Crenshaw) CA

California

Jerry Gee

Chicago (St. Martin DePorres) IL

Illinois

Mike Maddox

College Park (Mays) IL

Georgia Tech

Trajan Langdon

Anchorange (East) AK

Duke

Steve Wojciechowski

Baltimore (Cardinal Gibbons) MD

Duke

Jahidi White

St. Louis (Cardinal Ritter) MO

Georgetown

Tony Gonzalez

Huntington Beach (H.S.) CA

California

Lamar Greer

Cape May Court House (Middle Township) NJ

Florida State

Bryant Notree

Chicago (Simeon) IL

Illinois

Chris Herren

Fall River (Durfee) MA

Boston College

Kris Johnson

Los Angeles (Crenshaw) CA

UCLA

Kevin Simpson

Baltimore (Southern) MD

D'Juan Baker

Arlington (Martin) TX

Oklahoma State

Kellii Taylor

Washington (Archbishop Carroll) DC

Pittsburgh

Prince Fowler

Las Vegas (Western) NV

Oklahoma

Chris Manuel

New Iberia (H.S.) LA

Southwestern La.

Leron Williams

Brandenton (Southeast) FL

Florida

Tyrone Nesby

Cairo (H.S.) IL

Louisville

Neil Reed

Metairie (East Jefferson) LA

Indiana

Kendrick Moore

Hartford (Public) CT

Missouri

Rashad Tucker

Carbondale (H.S.) IL

Lincoln JC

Lynard Stewart

Philadelphia (Simon Gratz) PA

Temple

Ishua Benjamin

Concord (H.S.) NC

N.C. State

Bryce Drew

Valparaiso (H.S.) IN

Valparaiso

Johnny Miller

Quarrysville (Solanco) PA

Temple

 

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