Mr. Basketball USA
|Mr. Basketball USA|
Wilt Chamberlain is recognized as the first Mr. Basketball USA
|Awarded for||High school basketball's top male player|
|Presented by||ESPN HS (EA Sports 2003–2009; Student Sports 1996–2002)|
|First awarded||1996 (retroactive to 1955)|
|Currently held by||Lonzo Ball|
Mr. Basketball USA, formerly known as the ESPN RISE National Player of the Year and 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 Ballislife.com. 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, Grassrootshoops in 2015, and BallisLife.com in 2016.
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.
- G – Guard
- CG – Combo guard
- PG – Point guard
- SG – Shooting guard
- F – Forward
- PF – Power forward
- SF – Small forward
- C – Center
- — in Runner(s)-up column indicates years in which the voting procedures and the resulting votes yielded a consensus winner with no runner(s)-up named.
- — in College column indicates that player either returned to high school or went directly to professional basketball in the subsequent year.
- List of U.S. high school basketball national player of the year awards
- Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award
- Gatorade Player of the Year awards
- Flores, Ronnie (April 16, 2012). "Mr. Basketball USA winners: ESPNHS national player of the year honorees date back to 1955". ESPN HS. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015.
- "All-Time Mr. Basketball USA Honorees". HighSchoolHardwood.com. May 13, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- Flores, Ronnie (April 16, 2014). "Cliff Alexander Named Mr. Basketball USA". StudentSports.com. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
- "Final 2013-14 POY Tracker". StudentSports.com. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
- Flores, Ronnie (May 11, 2015). "Ben Simmons Named Mr. Basketball USA". GrassRootsHoops.com. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
- Flores, Ronnie (May 20, 2016). "Lonzo Ball Named Mr. Basketball USA". BallisLife.com. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
- Flores, Ronnie (November 17, 2011 (updated January 5, 2012)). "Preseason Mr. Basketball USA Tracker: Shabazz Muhammad is target". ESPN HS. Retrieved January 15, 2012. Check date values in: