Mr. Basketball USA

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Mr. Basketball USA
Black man kneeling on one knee with a basketball resting on the other and his hand atop the basketball. He is wearing a red, white and blue Harlem Globetrotters uniform.
Wilt Chamberlain is recognized as the first Mr. Basketball USA
Awarded for High school basketball's top male player
Country United States
Presented by ESPN HS (EA Sports 2003–2009; Student Sports 1996–2002)
First awarded 1996 (retroactive to 1955)
Currently held by R. J. Barrett

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 Before 1996, retroactive recognition has been determined for honorees going back to 1955's selectee Wilt Chamberlain, determined jointly by Ranking Editor Doug Huff, who has been a McDonald's All-American Game selection committee member since the game's inception, Deputy Editor Mark Tennis and Senior Editor Ronnie Flores.[1] From 1996–2002 the selections were made by Student Sports and from 2003–2009 by EA Sports.[1] From 2010–2012 the award was determined by ESPN HS until the award was taken over by in 2013[2] in 2014,[3][4] Grassrootshoops in 2015,[5] and in 2016, 2017, & 2018.[6][7][8]

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."[1] Furthermore, selection uses "on-the-floor performance" without regard to academics, volunteer work or most other off-the-court criteria.[9]

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.[9]


Black & white photo of a dark-haired Caucasian man seated in front of an audience of children.
Bald headed black man speaking into a microphone. Headshot only with a polo shirt and sweater.
Black man dribbling a basketball with a gold and maroon basketball jersey that says Cavaliers in maroon cursive lettering across the chest. He is wearing a headband with an NBA logo.
(left to right): Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor and LeBron James are recognized as the only two-time winners of Mr. Basketball USA.
CGCombo guard
PGPoint guard
SGShooting guard
PFPower forward
SFSmall forward
— 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.
Mr. Basketball USA Winners
Year Player High school City Height Position College Runner(s)-up
1955 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain Overbrook Philadelphia, PA 7' 1" C Kansas Oscar Robertson
1956 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson Crispus Attucks Indianapolis, IN 6' 5" G Cincinnati Kelly Coleman, Jerry West
1957 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas Middletown Middletown, OH 6' 8" F Tony Jackson
1958 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas Middletown Middletown, OH 6' 8" F Ohio State Bill McGill, Wayne Hightower
1959 Raftery, BillBill Raftery St. Cecilia Kearny, NJ 6' 5" F LaSalle Arthur Heyman
1960 Hawkins, ConnieConnie Hawkins Boys Brooklyn, NY 6' 9" C Iowa
1961 Bradley, BillBill Bradley Crystal City Crystal City, MO 6' 5" F Princeton Reggie Harding, Billy Cunningham
1962 Russell, CazzieCazzie Russell Carver Chicago, IL 6' 5" F Michigan John Austin, Larry Conley
1963 Edgar Lacy Jefferson Los Angeles, CA 6' 6" F UCLA Lew Alcindor
1964 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor Power Memorial New York, NY 7' 1" C Wes Unseld
1965 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor Power Memorial New York, NY 7' 1" C UCLA
1966 Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy Norwalk Norwalk, CT 5' 9" G Niagara
1967 Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood Pershing Detroit, MI 6' 9" F Detroit Ken Durrett, Jim McDaniels
1968 Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal Aviation Redondo Beach, CA 6' 4" G USC Ralph Simpson
1969 McGinnis, GeorgeGeorge McGinnis Washington Indianapolis, IN 6' 8" F Indiana Kevin Joyce
1970 McMillen, TomTom McMillen Mansfield Mansfield, PA 6' 11" C Maryland Bill Walton, Dwight Jones
1971 Lucas, MauriceMaurice Lucas Schenley Pittsburgh, PA 6' 9" F Marquette Raymond Lewis, Roscoe Pondexter
1972 Buckner, QuinnQuinn Buckner Thornridge Dolton, IL 6' 3" G Indiana Alvin Adams, Phil Sellers
1973 Dantley, AdrianAdrian Dantley DeMatha Hyattsville, MD 6' 6" F Notre Dame Kent Benson, Tom LaGarde
1974 Malone, MosesMoses Malone Petersburg Petersburg, VA 6' 11" C Skip Wise
1975 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright Elk Grove Elk Grove, CA 7' 1" C San Francisco David Greenwood, Darryl Dawkins
1976 Griffith, DarrellDarrell Griffith Male Louisville, KY 6' 4" G Louisville Albert King
1977 King, AlbertAlbert King Fort Hamilton Brooklyn, NY 6' 6" F Maryland Magic Johnson, Gene Banks
1978 Aguirre, MarkMark Aguirre Westinghouse Chicago, IL 6' 6" F DePaul Dwight Anderson
1979 Kellogg, ClarkClark Kellogg St. Joseph Cleveland, OH 6' 7" F Ohio State Isiah Thomas, Ralph Sampson
1980 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Proviso East Maywood, IL 6' 4" G Marquette Patrick Ewing, Earl Jones
1981 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing Rindge & Latin Cambridge, MA 7' 1" C Georgetown
1982 Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale Washington Tulsa, OK 6' 9" F Oklahoma Billy Thompson
1983 Williams, ReggieReggie Williams Dunbar Baltimore, MD 6' 7" SF Georgetown Dwayne Washington
1984 Williams, JohnJohn Williams Crenshaw Los Angeles, CA 6' 9" SF LSU Danny Manning, Delray Brooks
1985 Ferry, DannyDanny Ferry DeMatha Hyattsville, MD 6' 10" F Duke Jeff Lebo
1986 Reid, J. R.J. R. Reid Kempsville Virginia Beach, VA 6' 10" C North Carolina Rex Chapman, Terry Mills
1987 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson Skyline Dallas, TX 6' 7" F UNLV Marcus Liberty
1988 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning Indian River Chesapeake, VA 6' 10" C Georgetown Shawn Kemp, Billy Owens
1989 Kenny AndersonKenny Anderson Archbishop Molloy Briarwood, NY 6' 1" PG Georgia Tech
1990 Bailey, DamonDamon Bailey North Lawrence Bedford, IN 6' 3" G Indiana Ed O'Bannon
1991 Webber, ChrisChris Webber Country Day Beverly Hills, MI 6' 10" C Michigan Glenn Robinson
1992 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd St. Joseph Alameda, CA 6' 4" PG California Rodrick Rhodes
1993 Wallace, RasheedRasheed Wallace Simon Gratz Philadelphia, PA 6' 11" F North Carolina Jerry Stackhouse, Randy Livingston
1994 LopezFelipe López Rice New York, NY 6' 5" SG St. John's
1995 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett Mauldin / Farragut Mauldin, SC / Chicago, IL 6' 10" C Ron Mercer, Stephon Marbury
1996 Bibby, MikeMike Bibby Shadow Mountain Phoenix, AZ 6' 1" PG Arizona Kobe Bryant, Tim Thomas
1997 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady Auburndale / Mount Zion Auburndale, FL / Durham, NC 6' 7" SF Lamar Odom
1998 Lewis, RashardRashard Lewis Elsik Houston, TX 6' 10" F Ronald Curry, JaRon Rush
1999 Bender, JonathanJonathan Bender Picayune Picayune, MS 6' 11" F Donnell Harvey
2000 Miles, DariusDarius Miles East St. Louis East St. Louis, IL 6' 9" F Zach Randolph, Gerald Wallace
2001 Wagner, DajuanDajuan Wagner Camden Camden, NJ 6' 2" CG Memphis Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry
2002 James, LeBronLeBron James St. Vincent – St. Mary Akron, OH 6' 7" G Carmelo Anthony
2003 James, LeBronLeBron James St. Vincent – St. Mary Akron, OH 6' 8" G
2004 Telfair, SebastianSebastian Telfair Lincoln Brooklyn, NY 6' 1" PG Dwight Howard
2005 Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis Lanier Jackson, MS 6' 3" SG Greg Oden
2006 Oden, GregGreg Oden Lawrence North Indianapolis, IN 7' 1" C Ohio State Kevin Durant
2007 Mayo, O. J.O. J. Mayo Huntington Huntington, WV 6' 5" G USC Kevin Love, Derrick Rose
2008 Jennings, BrandonBrandon Jennings Dominguez / Oak Hill Academy Compton, CA / Mouth of Wilson, VA 6' 1" PG Samardo Samuels
2009 Favors, DerrickDerrick Favors South Atlanta Atlanta, GA 6' 9" PF Georgia Tech DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, Jr.
2010 Barnes, HarrisonHarrison Barnes Ames Ames, IA 6' 7" SF North Carolina Jared Sullinger
2011 Gilchrist, MikeMike Gilchrist St. Patrick Elizabeth, NJ 6' 7" SF Kentucky Austin Rivers, Bradley Beal
2012 Muhammad, ShabazzShabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, NV 6' 6" SF UCLA Jabari Parker
2013 Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins Vaughn/Huntington Vaughan, ON/Huntington, WV 6' 8" SF Kansas Jabari Parker
2014 Alexander, CliffCliff Alexander Curie Chicago, IL 6' 9" PF Kansas Stanley Johnson
2015 Simmons, BenBen Simmons Montverde Montverde, FL 6' 10" PF LSU Jaylen Brown
2016 Ball, LonzoLonzo Ball Chino Hills Chino Hills, CA 6' 6" PG UCLA Josh Jackson
2017 Porter Jr., MichaelMichael Porter Jr. Nathan Hale Seattle, WA 6' 10" SF Missouri Deandre Ayton
2018 Barrett, R.J.R.J. Barrett Montverde Montverde, FL 6' 7" SG Duke Zion Williamson


See also


  1. ^ a b c d 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. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Mr. Basketball USA Honorees". May 13, 2013. Archived from the original on September 23, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Flores, Ronnie (April 16, 2014). "Cliff Alexander Named Mr. Basketball USA". Archived from the original on April 20, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Final 2013-14 POY Tracker". April 15, 2014. Archived from the original on April 20, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Flores, Ronnie (May 11, 2015). "Ben Simmons Named Mr. Basketball USA". Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Flores, Ronnie (May 20, 2016). "Lonzo Ball Named Mr. Basketball USA". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ Flores, Ronnie (May 15, 2017). "Michael Porter Jr. Named Mr. Basketball USA!". Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ Flores, Ronnie (April 25, 2018). "R.J. BARRETT NAMED MR. BASKETBALL USA!". Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  9. ^ a b 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: |date= (help)

External links

  • Winner list at ESPN
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