Josiah James is a consensus five-star recruit and only the second player from the Charleston area selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game.

But is James the best high school basketball player ever to come out of the Lowcountry?

That remains to be seen.

Here’s The Post and Courier’s lineup of the best former high school basketball players from the Lowcountry, listed in chronological order.

Melvin Watson

High school: Burke

Graduated: 1992

Height: 6-1

Position: Point guard

The Skinny: Watson was a tenacious defender and lightening quick. He was nearly impossible to guard in a man-to-man situation. Watson led Burke to two state final appearances before spending a year in prep school before going to South Carolina, where he was a three-time All-SEC pick and finished his career as the Gamecocks' all-time leader in starts (116), assists (547) and was fourth in steals (194). He scored more than 1,400 points for USC. Watson also played six seasons of professional basketball in Europe. 

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Former Stall High School star Anthony Johnson played 13 seasons in the NBA. File/AP

Anthony Johnson

High school: Stall

Graduated: 1992

Height: 6-3

Position: Point guard

The Skinny: Johnson, who was named The Post and Courier’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1992, led Stall High School to the Class AAA state final in football during his senior season. After redshirting at College of Charleston his freshman year, Johnson helped lead the Cougars to a 101-17 record during his four years with the program. The Cougars made two NCAA Tournament appearances and recorded a win over Maryland in the Southeast Regional. He was named the 1997 TAAC player of the year and was taken in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft by Sacramento. Johnson played 13 seasons in the NBA with six teams. 

Chuck Eidson

High school: Pinewood Prep

Graduated: 1999

Height: 6-8

Position: Point guard/shooting guard

The Skinny: Eidson was crafty, smart, and a coach’s son, playing for his father Pat at Pinewood Prep. Eidson was a Parade All-American and the 1999 South Carolina Gatorade player of the year. He played four years at South Carolina, finishing with more than 1,000 points and still ranks second in school history with 272 steals. Eidson played one season in the NBA’s D-League before spending nine seasons in Europe.

Terrell Everette

High school: West Ashley

Graduated: 2002

Height: 6-4

Position: Point guard.

The Skinny: A rangy guard with excellent passing skills, Everette played two season in junior college at Missouri State-West Plains. He was named a JUCO All-American and signed with Oklahoma where he was named All-Big Eight during his senior season. He was third in the nation during the 2005-06 season in assists, averaging nearly seven a game. Everette played 12 seasons of professional basketball overseas in France, Germany, Romania, Greece, Ukraine and Switzerland.

A.J. Green

High school: Summerville

Graduated: 2008

Height: 6-4

Position: Guard/forward

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A.J. Green (22) was a basketball and football star at Summerville High School. File/Staff

The Skinny: Green was known more for his prowess on the football field than the basketball court, but led the Green Wave to the Class AAAA state title in basketball. Green averaged more than 23 points and nine rebounds a game during his senior season. He was widely considered to be a top-10 football prospect and signed with Georgia where he finished his career with 166 receptions, 2,619 yards and 23 TDs. He was taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the fourth overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. He has been a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and has 602 career receptions for more than 8,900 yards.

Khris Middleton

High school: Porter-Gaud

Graduated: 2009

Height: 6-8

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

The Skinny: Middleton signed with Texas A&M coming out of high school and played for the Aggies for three seasons. He was taken with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by Detroit. He was traded to Milwaukee in 2013 and was named to his first NBA All-Star game this season. Middleton averaged a career-high 20.1 points a game during the 2017-18 season. Middleton signed a five-year, $70-million contract with the Bucks in 2017.

Milton Jennings

High school: Pinewood Prep

Graduated: 2009

Height: 6-9

Position: Small forward

The Skinny: Jennings led Pinewood Prep to four consecutive SCISA state titles. He was a two-time South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was a second-team Parade All-American. He was the first player from the Lowcountry to take part in the McDonald’s All-American game in 2009. He was rated as the No. 26 overall prospect by ESPN. Jennings finished his career with 2,536 points and pulled down 1,372 rebounds at Pinewood. He signed with Clemson but was never able to live up to his high school accolades, averaging 7.7 points  and 4.9 rebounds a game for the Tigers over four seasons. He played five professional seasons in Europe.

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Berkeley's Bruce Ellington was a basketball and football star in high school and played both sports at South Carolina. File/Staff

Bruce Ellington

High school: Berkeley

Graduated: 2010

Height: 5-10

Position: Point guard

The Skinny: Ellington was a two-sport star at Berkeley, helping lead the Stags to the 2009 Division II-AAAA state title in football. He averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists in basketball and was The Post and Courier’s Male Athlete of the Year. Although he signed a basketball scholarship with South Carolina initially, he played both football and basketball for the Gamecocks. As a football player, he had 106 career receptions for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a basketball player, he averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, three assists and one steal per game. Ellington left school a year early and was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He finished this past season with the Detroit Lions.

Aaron Nesmith

High school: Porter-Gaud

Graduated: 2017

Height: 6-7.

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

The Skinny: Nesmith, who signed with Vanderbilt, was rated as a four-star prospect his senior season and the No. 69-ranked player in the country by ESPN. Nesmith helped lead Porter-Gaud to three straight SCISA state titles, averaging 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a senior. He finished his career with 2,067 points. He was named The Post and Courier’s Player of the Year. Nesmith is averaging 9.9 points and has started six games for the Commodores this season as a true freshman.

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Porter-Gaud's Aaron Nesmith led the Cyclones to three state championships. Photo provided/Porter-Gaud athletics

Josiah James

High school: Porter-Gaud

Graduate: 2018

Height: 6-6

Position: Point guard

The Skinny: A consensus five-star prospect, James is ranked among the nation’s top-25 players by most recruiting services. James is ranked No. 21 by ESPN and as the No. 4 point guard in the current recruiting class. James signed with Tennessee. He has been named to take part in next month’s McDonald’s All-American game in Atlanta.

Reach Andrew Miller at 843-937-5599. Follow him on Twitter @APMILLER_PandC