About GrassrootsHoops.Net

GrassrootsHoops.net exists so every high school boys basketball player, not just the ones attending high major universities, has an opportunity for recognition of his on-court accomplishments.

It also is the clearing house for all of the vast historical information about national high school basketball that has been published over the years by the editors of this site. In addition to giving every basketball player a chance for recognition, our content specializes in ranking high school teams, ranking high school players, 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 seven 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 will be in its tenth year in 2016-17. GrassrootsHoops.net 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 contributor Doug Huff and publisher and editor Ronnie Flores. Flores also founded the Mr. Basketball USA Tracker.

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 basketball editor for StudentSports.com , a consultant for Sonny Vaccaro’s Roundball Classic and spearheaded player personnel for the Under Armour Elite 24. He’s served on the selection committee for the Gatorade Athlete of the Year program and the John Wooden Award for high school basketball players 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 is a consultant for CalHiSports.com. 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 titled under the National Sports News Service banner. The NSNS rankings continue today, as Flores independently produced FAB 50 rankings for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons and the FAB 50 continued under the Grassroots Hoops banner for the 2014-15 school year.

To contact publisher and editor Ronnie Flores, please call 323.573.6921 or email him at ronlocc1977@yahoo.com