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April 24, 2006

2006 EA SPORTS Boys Basketball All-Americans

INTRODUCING THE 2006
EA SPORTS ALL-AMERICAN
BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM


Torrance, Calif. - You won't find any difference at the top of the charts on the 2006 EA SPORTS All-American High School Boys Basketball Team from every other All-American team that's been picked, but you sure will among the 22 players named first team and the 30 that are on the second team.

Leading the way, as expected, is center Greg Oden from Lawrence North High of Indianapolis, our honoree as the 2006 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year. Five Californians also made the elite team, including first team selection and state player of the year Chase Budinger.

The 7-0 Oden lived up to preseason acclaim as the top player in the land by averaging 22.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He led Lawrence North to a 29-0 season record and a wire-to-wire run atop the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings. The Ohio State-bound recruit made 74 percent of his shots from the floor, including a run of 18 straight shots made during back-to-back Indiana state tournament playoff games.

Based on previously published Student Sports National Player of the Year lists, Oden is the fourth to be that highly honored from the Hoosier State since 1955. According to national high school sports historian Doug Huff, the previous three were Oscar Robertson from Crispus Attucks of Indianapolis for 1956, George McGinnis from Washington of Indianapolis for 1969 and Damon Bailey from North Lawrence of Bedford for 1990.

"We're proud to present the 2006 EA SPORTS High School All-American Boys Basketball Team," said Brian Movalson, EA SPORTS Senior Brand Manager. "The honor of EA SPORTS All-American reflects the outstanding high school seasons that these young men have had, and we'll look forward to seeing many of them make significant impacts at the collegiate level next year."

The annual EA SPORTS All-American Team is selected by the editors of Student Sports, which have compiled national rankings in numerous sports for more than 15 years. The format for the team calls for it not to be selected until all teams have finished their seasons, which makes the EA SPORTS honors more reflective of players who led their teams to state championships. The teams also are chosen after almost all of the numerous all-state teams around the country have been released.

Over the next month, EA SPORTS also will be bringing the All-American program into households across the nation with an hour-long syndicated television special that will air in almost all major markets in the U.S. A few stations around the country actually started airing the program last weekend.

Both the boys basketball and girls basketball All-American teams are included in that broadcast, along with previously announced All-American teams in football and girls golf. Still to come later this year will be EA SPORTS All-American teams in baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer and boys golf.

The TV show is hosted by actor and high school baseball star Tyler Hoechlin, who has starred in film and TV shows such as "Road to Perdition" and "7th Heaven."

Also named along with the players as the EA SPORTS National Coach of the Year is Chuck White from West Anchorage High of Anchorage, Alaska.

White is a coaching legend in Alaska who guided this year's team at West Anchorage to its third straight state championship with a dominating 91-58 win in the state final over Chugiak. It also marked his 17th state championship over 37 seasons, with most of the previous title occurring when he coached at East Anchorage.

"That could be the most state titles ever won by a public school coach in the country," Huff said. "What's impressive is that he's done it in the largest class and at two different schools."

After winning in this year's title game, the 64-year-old White told the Anchorage Daily News, "You know what really means the most? I've been successful and my kids have been successful and I'm getting old."

To view the 2006 EA SPORTS All American Boys Basketball first and second team CLICK HERE


About EA SPORTS
EA SPORTS, the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, delivers real sports simulation games for sports fans. With EA SPORTS "if it's in the game...it's in the game." EA SPORTS is a brand of Electronic Arts (EA), the world's leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems. Top-selling titles and franchises include FIFA Soccer, Madden NFL Football, NCAA Football, NBA® LIVE Basketball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Golf, and MVP Baseball. The EA SPORTS All-American program honors the nation's top high school football players and, in conjunction with Student Sports, recognizes the top student-athletes for their achievements both on and off the field.

About Student Sports
Based in Torrance, Calif., Student Sports has been the leader in high school sports coverage since 1979 with divisions specializing in events, marketing, television and the Internet. In addition to providing content for SPARQ Magazine, the nation's No. 1 high school sports publication focusing on performance training, the company also provides editorial information for several major Web sites including StudentSports.com, StudentSportsBasketball.com and StudentSportsFootball.com, part of the Rivals.com Network of sports team and affinity sites. The company also publishes an array of newsletters and record books including the "National High School Football Record Book" and "National High School Boys Basketball Record Book." Student Sports also created and implements such events as the Nike Football Training Camps, the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and the Area Code Games. The company also earned four Emmy Awards for its "Inside Cal-Hi Sports" show and has developed TV programming airing on ESPN, CSTV, and ESPN2, including the "EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Show."



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