California Mr. Basketball

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Each year the California Mr. Basketball award is given to the person chosen as the best high school boys basketball player in the U.S. state of California.[1] Many have gone on to play in the NBA.

Voting is done in a points system. Each voter selects first, second, and third place votes. A player receives five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The player who garners the most points receives the award. The California Mr. Basketball award is the second oldest such award in the nation; only Indiana Mr. Basketball, which was first awarded in 1939, predates it.[2][3]

Award winners[edit]

Year Player High school College NBA draft
2014 Stanley Johnson Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana Arizona
2013 Aaron Gordon (2) Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose Arizona[4] 2014 NBA Draft: first round, 4th overall by the Orlando Magic
2012 Aaron Gordon Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose Arizona[5] 2014 NBA Draft: first round, 4th overall by the Orlando Magic
2011 Ryan Anderson Long Beach Poly, Long Beach Boston College/Arizona[6]
2010 Allen Crabbe Frederick K. C. Price III High School, Los Angeles California[7]
2009 Kawhi Leonard Martin Luther King High School, Riverside San Diego State[8] 2011 NBA Draft: 1st round, 15th overall by the Indiana Pacers
2008 Jrue Holiday Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood UCLA[9] 2009 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 17th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers
2007 Taylor King Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana Duke/Villanova[10]/Concordia
2006 Chase Budinger La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad Arizona[11] 2009 NBA Draft: 2nd Rnd, 44th overall by the Detroit Pistons
2005 Amir Johnson Westchester High School, Los Angeles None 2005 NBA Draft: 2nd Rnd, 56th overall by the Detroit Pistons
2004 DeMarcus Nelson Sheldon High School, Sacramento Duke[12] 2008 NBA Draft: Undrafted, signed as a free agent by the Golden State Warriors
2003 Trevor Ariza Westchester High School, Los Angeles UCLA 2004 NBA Draft: 2nd Rnd, 43rd overall by the New York Knicks
2002 Hassan Adams Westchester High School, Los Angeles Arizona 2006 NBA Draft: 2nd round, 54th overall by the New Jersey Nets
2001 Tyson Chandler (2) Dominguez High School, Compton None 2001 NBA Draft: first round, 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers
2000 Tyson Chandler Dominguez High School, Compton None 2001 NBA Draft: 1st round, 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers
1999 Casey Jacobsen Glendora High School, Glendora Stanford 2002 NBA Draft: 1st round, 22nd overall by the Phoenix Suns
1998 Tayshaun Prince Dominguez High School, Compton Kentucky 2002 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 23rd overall by the Detroit Pistons
1997 Baron Davis Crossroads Schools, Santa Monica UCLA 1999 NBA Draft: 1st round, 3rd overall by the Charlotte Hornets
1996 Corey Benjamin Fontana High School, Fontana Oregon State 1998 NBA Draft: 1st round, 28th overall by the Chicago Bulls
1995 Paul Pierce Inglewood High School, Inglewood Kansas 1998 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 10th overall by the Boston Celtics
1994 Jelani Gardner St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower Pepperdine/California
1993 Charles O'Bannon Artesia High School, Lakewood UCLA 1997 NBA Draft: 2nd Rnd, 32nd overall by the Detroit Pistons
1992 Jason Kidd (2) St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda California 1994 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 2nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks
1991 Jason Kidd St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda California 1994 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 2nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks
1990 Ed O'Bannon Artesia High School, Lakewood UCLA 1995 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 9th overall by the New Jersey Nets
1989 Tracy Murray Glendora High School, Glendora UCLA 1992 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 18th overall by the San Antonio Spurs
1988 Chris Mills Fairfax High School, Los Angeles Arizona/Kentucky 1993 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 22nd overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers
1987 LeRon Ellis Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana Syracuse/Kentucky 1991 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 22nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers
1986 Scott Williams Wilson High School, Los Angeles North Carolina
1985 Tom Lewis Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana Pepperdine/USC
1984 John Williams (2) Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles LSU 1986 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 12th overall by the Washington Bullets
1983 John Williams Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles LSU 1986 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 12th overall by the Washington Bullets
1982 Tony Jackson Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland DePaul
1981 Dwayne Polee Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles Pepperdine/UNLV 1986 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 54th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers
1980 Ralph Jackson Inglewood High School, Inglewood UCLA 1984 NBA Draft: 4th Rnd, 71st overall by the Indiana Pacers
1979 Darren Daye John F. Kennedy High School, Los Angeles UCLA 1983 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 57th overall by the Washington Bullets
1978 Greg Goorjian Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta-Montrose UNLV
1977 Clifford T. Robinson Castlemont Community of Small Schools, Oakland USC 1979 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 11th overall by the New Jersey Nets
1976 Rich Branning Marina High School, Huntington Beach Notre Dame 1980 NBA Draft: 4th Rnd, 76th overall by the Indiana Pacers
1975 Bill Cartwright (2) Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove San Francisco 1979 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 3rd overall by the New York Knicks
1974 Bill Cartwright Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove San Francisco 1979 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 3rd overall by the New York Knicks
1973 Marques Johnson Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles UCLA 1977 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 3rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks
1972 Cliff Pondexter San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno Long Beach State 1974 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls
1971 Roscoe Pondexter San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno Long Beach State 1974 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 56th overall by the Boston Celtics
1970 Bill Walton Helix High School, La Mesa UCLA 1974 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 1st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers
1969 Keith Wilkes Ventura High School, Ventura UCLA 1974 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 11th overall by the Golden State Warriors
1968 Paul Westphal Aviation High School, Redondo Beach USC 1972 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 10th overall by the Boston Celtics
1967 Curtis Rowe John C. Fremont High School, Los Angeles UCLA 1971 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 11th overall by the Detroit Pistons
1966 Dennis Awtrey Blackford High School, San Jose Santa Clara 1970 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 12th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers
1965 Bob Portman St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco Creighton 1969 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 7th overall by the San Francisco Warriors
1964 Russ Critchfield Salinas High School, Salinas California
1963 Edgar Lacey Jefferson High School, Los Angeles UCLA 1968 NBA Draft: 4th Rnd, 43rd overall by the San Francisco Warriors
1962 Joe Ellis McClymonds High School, Oakland San Francisco 1966 NBA Draft: 2nd Rnd, 13th overall by the San Francisco Warriors
1961 Gail Goodrich John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles UCLA 1965 NBA Draft: Territorial pick by the Los Angeles Lakers
1960 Paul Silas McClymonds High School, Oakland Creighton 1964 NBA Draft: 2nd Rnd, 10th overall by the St. Louis Hawks
1959 Steve Gray George Washington High School, San Francisco Loyola 1963 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 20th overall by the San Francisco Warriors
1958 Billy McGill Jefferson High School, Los Angeles Utah NBA 1962-1965
1957 Tom Meschery Lowell High School, San Francisco St. Mary's 1961 NBA Draft: 1st Rnd, 7th overall by the Philadelphia Warriors
1956 Fred LaCour (2) St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco San Francisco 1960 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 22nd overall by the St. Louis Hawks
1955 Fred LaCour St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco San Francisco 1960 NBA Draft: 3rd Rnd, 22nd overall by the St. Louis Hawks
1954 Willie Davis Alameda High School, Alameda
1953 Bill Bond St. Anthony High School, Long Beach Stanford
1952 Willie Naulls San Pedro High School, Los Angeles UCLA 1956 NBA Draft: 2nd round, 9th overall by the St. Louis Hawks
1951 Ken Sears Watsonville High School, Watsonville Santa Clara 1955 NBA Draft: 1st round, 4th overall by the New York Knicks
1950 Don Bragg Galileo High School, San Francisco UCLA 1955 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers

Most Winners By College[edit]

Number Program
16 UCLA
5 Arizona
5 San Francisco
5 California
3 Kentucky
3 Pepperdine
3 USC
2 Creighton
2 Duke
2 Long Beach State
2 LSU
2 Santa Clara
2 Stanford
2 UNLV
  • includes multiple winners

Most Winners By High School[edit]

Number High School Program
4 Mater Dei High School
3 Crenshaw High School
3 Dominguez High School
3 St. Ignatius College Preparatory
3 Westchester High School
2 Artesia High School
2 Archbishop Mitty High School
2 Elk Grove High School
2 Glendora High School
2 Inglewood High School
2 Jefferson High School
2 McClymonds High School
2 San Joaquin Memorial High School
2 St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

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