High-SchoolBoys-Basketball: ESPNHS All-American

Mr. Basketball USA Tracker week 4

January, 27, 2012
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Debating whether a player deserves to land in the ESPNU 100, or whether he's a mid- or high-major player, is fun but it's not an exact science.

With the updated ESPNU 100 published earlier this week, combined with little movement in this week's Mr. Basketball USA Tracker, it's a good time to discuss why some of the players deemed the nation's best don't excel in the NBA.

First off, it's important to note the majority of the top five players in each class will enjoy NBA careers. In fact, every season since 1989-90, the ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA honoree has eventually played in the NBA. Only two all-time selections dating back to the 1954-1955 season did not.

To read the rest of this story and see the Mr. Basketball USA voting results, CLICK HERE.

Ronnie Flores is a senior editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at ronnie.flores@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonFloresESPN

Mr. Basketball USA Tracker (Jan. 20)

January, 20, 2012
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ESPNU 60 No. 2 Nerlens Noel breaks into the top 5 while Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jabari Parker appear on all ten ballots.

The MLK holiday weekend is a time to reflect. It's also good time to evaluate the nation's best high school basketball players.

Many of the nation's top teams and prep schools traditionally participate in MLK showcase games around the country, giving the Mr. Basketball USA Tracker panel plenty of opportunities to evaluate the top candidates for national player of the year against strong competition -- and sometimes in head-to-head match-ups.

ESPN senior national basketball analyst and panel member Dave Telep said it best after the turn of the New Year: "We'll learn a lot in the next two weeks."

There was no better place to evaluate some of the top talent than at last weekend's Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The performances at the annual event brought about changes to the voting results of the latest ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA Tracker.

To see the Mr. Basketball USA voting results, CLICK HERE.

Ronnie Flores is a senior editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at ronnie.flores@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonFloresESPN

Mr. Basketball USA Tracker (Jan. 6)

January, 6, 2012
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Top recruit Shabazz Muhammad, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle collect first-place votes while Tyler Lewis increases point total by 25.

The New Year brought changes of opinion for some of the nation's leading talent evaluators regarding the top national player of the year candidates.

At the very top, the voting results of the latest ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA Tracker are the same with ESPNU 100 No. 1 recruit Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) leading the way with 92 points, one less than his preseason point total.

From the major holiday tournaments, two new candidates emerged among the top seven. Team success in these tournaments was the main factor causing change in the voting results.

In the preseason, point guard Tyler Lewis of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) appeared on one ballot in fourth place (seven points). Lewis, coming off an MVP performance at the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore., is consistently putting up double-digit numbers in scoring and assists for the Warriors.

In the latest tracker, Lewis appeared on five ballots and gained 25 points. Oak Hill currently sits at No. 2 in the POWERADE FAB 50 at 25-0. The next major test for the Warriors is Jan. 14 at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., against Julius Randle and No. 23 Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas).

To read the rest of this story and see the Mr. Basketball USA voting results, CLICK HERE.

Ronnie Flores is a senior editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at ronnie.flores@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonFloresESPN

Perry Ellis chooses Kansas

September, 21, 2011
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Perry Ellis, ranked No. 37 in the ESPNU 100, will continue his much-celebrated basketball career at the University of Kansas, he announced at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at his high school gymnasium.

The Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) product chose the Jayhawks over Kansas State, Wichita State and Kentucky. Ellis, a 6-foot-9 power forward, plans to sign his letter of intent during the early signing period.

"Perry felt totally comfortable with the coaches, players, campus and great winning tradition," said his mother, Fonda. "He also thinks [assistant coach] Danny Manning can help him."

A three-time Gatorade State Player of the Year honoree, Ellis has also participated in two Boost Mobile Elite 24 events. In 2009, he played in the game in New York and last month was at Venice Beach, Calif., for the 2011 edition.

Last season, Ellis joined Tony Parker of Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) and Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) as the only juniors named to the 20-man ESPNHS All-American first team.

Two years ago, Ellis earned ESPNHS National Sophomore of the Year honors and was just as spectacular as a junior. He shot over 72 percent from the field while averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds for a 25-0 team ranked No. 11 in the POWERADE FAB 50. With Ellis in the lineup, Heights has won 72 of 75 games and three consecutive Class 6A state titles.

He's a strong preseason candidate for the 2011-12 ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA award given to the nation's top player. He's already considered along with Greg Dreiling of Kapaun Mt. Carmel (Wichita, Kan. '81) and former Heights standouts Aubrey Sherrod, Darnell Valentine and Antoine Carr as one of Kansas’ all-time prep greats.

Manning, his future mentor at Kansas, was runner-up to John Williams of Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.) for ESPNHS Mr. Basketball USA honors in 1983-84 at Lawerence (Lawrence, Kan.). He began his prep career at Paige (Greensboro, N.C.) before moving to Kansas after his father Ed joined Larry Brown's KU staff.

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