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HighSchoolHardwood.com has been created so all of the vast historical information about national high school basketball that has been published over the years by the editors on this site does not disappear. Our content specializes in ranking high school teams, choosing All-American squads, and compiling high school national records.

It also serves as the home of Mr. Basketball USA, which is awarded to the national high school player of the year in boys basketball, and the Mr. Basketball USA Tracker. The Mr. Basketball USA Tracker consists of a panel of 10 high school hoops experts, including six McDonald’s All-American selection committee members, who cast ballots to decide the top national player of the year candidates. The votes are tabulated on a 10-point scoring system with a first-place vote equaling 10 points, a second-place vote earning nine points and down to one point for a tenth-place vote.

The Mr. Basketball USA Tracker is now in its sixth year. The editors have named a national player of the year at the conclusion of each season since 1996 with selections dating back to 1955 based on research by Senior Editor Doug Huff and Mr. Basketball USA Tracker founder Ronnie Flores.

Huff, one of only three daily newspaper sports writers enshrined into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, first published national high school records in 1965 while a student at West Virginia University. His national high school records were used as a foundation for the first National High School All-Sports Record Book, published in 1978 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Flores, who graduated with a degree in Communications from UC Santa Barbara, began collaborating with Huff in 2002 when Student Sports published its editions of the boys basketball and football national high school record book.

Since then Flores has served as the editor of StudentSportsBasketball.com, a consultant for Sonny Vaccaro’s Roundball Classic, spearheaded player personnel for the Under Armour Elite 24, and was the only scout/prep journalist to serve on the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the West panel for both boys basketball and football.

Flores was ESPN’s high school basketball editor for four years and currently serves as the managing editor for CalHiSports.com and its weekly Cal-Hi Sports newsletter, now in its 34th year. Along with Cal-Hi Sports co-founder Mark Tennis, Flores co-authored the seventh edition of the 352-page CalHiSports.com State Record Book & Almanac.

Since 1944, when Art Johlfs of Minnesota compiled the very first national high school basketball rankings, and continuing until 2012, when Flores, Huff and Tennis directed the ESPN FAB 50 rankings, there have been national rankings in boys basketball that are titled under the National Sports News Service banner.

We will continue to offer national basketball rankings on this site. Football rankings, Mr. Football USA and additional historical lists can be found on HighSchoolGridiron.com.

We hope users enjoy our site and come back to check for facts and records dating back more than 100 years. We will continue to build on the year-to-year rankings lists and will add more historical features and lists from time to time. We welcome any and all input.

To contact HighSchoolHardwood.com editor Ronnie Flores, please call 800-660-1334 Ext. 4414 or email him at

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