Mr. Basketball USA, also known as ESPN RISE National Player of the Year and formerly known as the EA SPORTS National Player of the Year, is an award presented to the United States boys' high school basketball national player of the year by ESPN HS. Before 1996, retroactive recognition has been determined for honorees going back to 1955's selectee Wilt Chamberlain, determined jointly by ESPNhighschool.com Ranking Editor Doug Huff, who has been a McDonald's All-American Game selection committee member since the game's inception, ESPNhighschool.com Deputy Editor Mark Tennis and ESPNhighschool.com Senior Editor Ronnie Flores. From 1996–2002 the selections were made by Student Sports and from 2003–2009 by EA Sports. From 2010–2012 the award was determined by ESPN HS until the award was taken over by HighSchoolHardwood.com in 2013 StudentSports.com in 2014, and Grassrootshoops in 2015.
According to information posted online by ESPN HS, "Selections are based on high school accomplishment, not future college/pro potential, and are reflective of those that lead their teams to state championships. ESPN RISE does not knowingly select fifth-year players, and those ineligible due to age or academics, Mr. Basketball USA or to its various All-American teams." Furthermore, selection uses "on-the-floor performance" without regard to academics, volunteer work or most other off-the-court criteria.
Current selections are made through a season-long polling process of a 10-member expert panel with a final year-end ballot to determine the winner. The panel includes five McDonald's All-American selection committee members. The panel is polled weekly for a list of the top seven national player of the year candidates regardless of graduating class. The votes are then translated into a 10-point scoring system, with 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second-place vote, and down to four points for a seventh-place vote.