Cody Riley averaged over 14 points and seven rebounds per game for a young Sierra Canyon team that knocked off several California heavyweights.
Past Freshman of the Year selections include:
2013 – Harry Giles, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
2012 – Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2011 – Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
2010 – Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
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 programs are not eligible for inclusion.
Zachariah Brown, Miami Beach (Fla.)
7-0 | 255 | Center
Helped revitalize a struggling program, piling up 18.4 points, 16.5 rebounds and 6.9 blocked shots per game.
Michael Porter, Father Tolton (Columbia, Mo.)
6-5 | 185 | Guard
Averaged 28.6 points per game, breaking Missouri's freshman scoring record and leading Tolton to 20 wins.
MAXPREPS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6-8 | 220 | Forward
Highly touted middle school player lived up to billing, averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for 29-4 Trailblazers.
Jarred Vanderbilt, Victory Prep (Houston)
6-7 | 195 | Guard-Forward
Regarded by some as top Class of 2017 prospect in America, helped put fourth-year program on the map by averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
James "M.J." Walker Jr., Jonesboro (Ga.)
6-5 | 190 | Guard-Forward
Contributed 15.8 points, 5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Class AAAA state champions.
Mitch Ballock, Eudora (Kan.)
6-5 | 190 | Guard-Forward
Teamed with brother Andrew to lead Cardinals to state title, averaged 20.2 points per game.
Markus Howard, Perry
Troy Brown, Centennial (Las Vegas)
6-5 | 180 | Guard
The latest hot prospect to emerge in Sin City, earned second team all-state honors after tallying 15.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
Matt Coleman, Maury (Norfolk, Va.)
6-1 | 160 | Guard
5A all-state and All-Tidewater Team pick helped Maury win 23 games with averages of 13.4 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Jalek Felton, Mullins (S.C.)
6-2 | 170 | Guard
Another middle school phenom that lived up to the hype, recorded 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for 20-win Auctioneers.
Markus Howard, Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)
5-10 | 155 | Guard
Among nation's leading scorers in freshman class, poured in 23 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing.
Jordan Goodwin, Althoff Catholic (Belleville, Ill.)
6-3 | 190 | Guard
Averaged nearly 20 points and over 10 rebounds per game en route to honorable mention all-state honors.
Damari Milstead, Moreau Catholic (Hayward, Calif.)
6-1 | 165 | Guard
P.J. Washington, Prime Prep
Top eight scorers for 27-win Mariners were freshmen or sophomores, led by Milstead's 15.5 points per game. Added 3.4 assists and 3.3 steals per outing.
Marcus Shaver, St. Mary's (Phoenix)
6-1 | 155 | Guard
Another high-scoring guard from the Grand Canyon State, tacked up 23.2 points per game to go along with 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
P.J. Washington, Prime Prep (Dallas)
6-7 | 205 | Forward
Inside-outside threat and key contributor for Prime Prep program that played national schedule.
Austin Wiley, Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
6-8 | 210 | Center
Honorable mention Class 6A all-state pick was regular double-double producer.
LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills (bottom) battles National Player of the Year Stanley Johnson for possession.
LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
6-3 | 175 | Guard
Joined brother Lonzo in backcourt for 29-6 Chino Hills, averaging 15.6 points per game.
Ty-Shon Alexander, Concord (N.C.)
6-3 | 165 | Guard
Earned spot on All-Cabarrus News Team after putting up 16 points and six assists per game.
Lavar Batts, Robinson (Concord, N.C.)
6-1 | 170 | Guard
Team was just 10-15 but drew rave reviews after leading Bulldogs in scoring at 16.9 points per game.
Brian Bowen, Arthur Hill (Saginaw, Mich.)
6-6 | 175 | Guard-Forward
Averaged double-double as sidekick to Junior All-American Eric Davis.
P.J. Horne, Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)
6-4 | 195 | Guard-Forward
Played sidekick to Tadric Jackson for 29-3 Class AAAAAA state champs, posting 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Jamal Johnson, Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
6-4 | 175 | Guard
Averaged over 18 points per game, named honorable mention Class 6A all-state.
Ira Lee, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6-7 | 225 | Forward
Playing alongside fellow underclass All-Americans Devearl Ramsey and Cody Riley, posted 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Jatarious Smith, E.E. Smith (Fayetteville, N.C.)
6-4 | 185 | Guard-Forward
Another in a talented 2017 crop in North Carolina, posted 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Jordan Tucker, White Plains (N.Y.)
6-6 | 190 | Guard-Forward
Averaged nearly 14 points per game and erupted for 34 in a game during a December tourney.
Leondre Washington Jr., Teaneck (N.J.)
5-9 | 145 | Guard
Biggest impact frosh in talent-rich Garden State, averaged 15.3 points per game and was team captain.