ESPN HS was a high school sports magazine published monthly during the school year in 25 markets around the United States. Founded as SchoolSports magazine in 1997, the publication changed its name to RISE in 2006 and was purchased by ESPN in January 2008. In 2011, the magazine's title was changed to ESPN HS.

The magazine ceased publication in September 2012 after ESPN decided to close its high school sports unit.[2]

ESPN HS (2011-2012)
RISE (2006-2011)
SchoolSports (1997-2006)
Total circulation
Year founded1997
Final issueSeptember 2012
CountryUnited States
Based inBoston
ESPN Rise magazine cover
Cover of magazine when it was titled RISE
Cover of magazine when it was titled SchoolSports


Sensing the high school sports market was being undercovered by local newspapers and television stations, SchoolSports was founded in 1997[3] in the Greater Boston area. In addition to being one of the first publications dedicated to covering high school sports, SchoolSports also gave student-athletes a voice by allowing them to submit articles for publication in the SchoolBeat section. The magazine's distribution model was also unique, as the publication was sent directly to area high schools free of charge.

Over the next 10 years, the magazine expanded to 25 markets and was published in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Houston, Colorado, Arizona, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Central Florida, St. Louis, Minnesota, Oregon, San Antonio/Austin, Indiana and New Jersey. All told, the magazine had a peak monthly circulation of more than 1,000,000.

In conjunction with the magazine's 10th year of publication in 2006-07, the name was changed from SchoolSports to RISE to reflect its emergence as the nation's leading teen lifestyle magazine in addition to its top-notch prep sports coverage.

The magazine's name was changed again to ESPN HS in 2011, but that name lasted only one year before the publication was discontinued.

Other Ventures

In the summer of 2006, RISE first put on a groundbreaking high school basketball showcase called the Elite 24. The game brought together the nation's top 24 high school basketball players, regardless of school year, for a game at Harlem's historic Rucker Park. The game's official name is the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic.

Beginning during the 2006-07 school year, RISE teamed with Gatorade to continue Gatorade's long-standing Player of the Year program.

Beginning during the 2007-08 school year, RISE began publishing GIRL, a first-of-its-kind magazine dedicated solely to girls' high school athletics. Girls' basketball player Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy in Delaware was the first cover subject of GIRL in the fall of 2007.[4]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  2. ^ John Ourand (June 13, 2012). "ESPN Decides To Shutter High School Unit It Launched In '08". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Lucas O'Neill (March 5, 2012). "Flashback: Elena Delle Donne". ESPN. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
Anthony Davis

Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward and center positions. Davis was selected first overall in the 2012 NBA draft by New Orleans, is a six-time NBA All-Star, and has been named to three All-NBA First Teams and three NBA All-Defensive Teams. He also earned a gold medal playing with Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Davis played one season of college basketball for the University of Kentucky, when he was first team All-American and the Consensus National Player of the Year. He also won the USBWA National Freshman of the Year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man Award. Davis led the NCAA in blocks and set Southeastern Conference and NCAA Division I freshman single-season blocked shots records. He led Kentucky to a National Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament.

Davis left college for the NBA after one season and was drafted by New Orleans, then known as the New Orleans Hornets, and was selected that summer to play for the Team USA in the 2012 Olympics. After his rookie season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The next season, he became an All-Star for the first time and led the NBA in blocked shots per game. He has since become a five-time All-Star and the youngest player to score at least 59 points in an NBA game. In 2017, he was named the recipient of the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award after setting an All-Star Game scoring record of 52 points en route.

Ben Wilson (basketball)

Benjamin "Ben" Wilson Jr., also referred to as "Benji", (March 18, 1967 – November 21, 1984) was an American high school basketball player from Neal F. Simeon Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois. With Wilson, the Simeon team won the City and State Championships for the first time. Entering his senior season, Wilson was regarded as the top high school player in the U.S. by scouts and coaches attending the 1984 Athletes For Better Education basketball camp. He was the first player from Chicago to receive this honor. On November 20, 1984, Wilson was shot twice during a confrontation with a student from a nearby high school. He died the next morning due to the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

Benji (2012 film)

Benji: The True Story of a Dream Cut Short is a 2012 documentary film about the short life and 1984 death of Chicago South Side basketball player Ben Wilson who played for Simeon Career Academy. The film debuted at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival on April 20, 2012. The Tribeca viewing was a world premier.

Beth Mowins

Elizabeth Mowins (born May 26, 1967) is a play-by-play announcer and sports journalist for ESPN and CBS. She typically calls women's college sports, and became only the second woman to call nationally televised college football games for ESPN in 2005. Mowins was paired with Cat Whitehill on ESPN's tertiary broadcast team for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Colin Cowherd

Colin Murray Cowherd (born January 6, 1964) is an American sports media personality. Cowherd began his broadcasting career as sports director of Las Vegas television station KVBC and as a sports anchor on several other stations before joining ESPN in 2003, where he hosted a radio show on the ESPN Radio network and also became one of the original hosts of ESPN's television program SportsNation, as well as Colin's New Football Show. Cowherd is the host of The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1. The Herd is FS1's top-rated studio program. He was also a host of Speak For Yourself on FS1.

After Cowherd made a controversial statement about Dominican Republic baseball players, it was announced in July 2015 that Cowherd would leave ESPN following the end of his contract with them. In August 2015, it was revealed that he would join Fox Sports beginning in September—a deal that includes his radio show moving to Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1. While scheduled to leave at the end of the month, Cowherd was suspended from ESPN on July 24, 2015 after those controversial remarks he made on The Herd the previous day. Cowherd was roommates with Coach Jim McElwain (former Colorado State University and University of Florida football head coach) at Eastern Washington.

Donald "Duck" Richardson

Donald H. "Duck" Richardson, Sr. (September 16, 1935 – September 4, 2011) was the boys' basketball coach at Southwest Magnet High School in Macon, Georgia from 1971 to 1990. During that period, he coached future NBA players Jeff Malone, Ivano Newbill, Norm Nixon, and Sharone Wright. He also coached several players who went on to play Division I college basketball, such as Eric Manuel. A total of 92 Southwest players were awarded collegiate athletic scholarships during his tenure.His career achievements included a 463–90 record (83.7% winning percentage), which set a school record for number of wins. Richardson led Southwest to fifteen subregional championships, ten regional championships, six state championships, and one national championship (1979). Under his management, Southwest boys' basketball teams never had a losing season.Coach Richardson was the husband of Jacquelyn Richardson. Together they raised 4 children; 3 Sons - Stan Richardson, Don Z. Richardson, Donald H. Richardson Jr., and a daughter, Linda Richardson.

Prior to Richardson's death, Southwest High School's gymnasium basketball court was named in his honor.

ESPN Rise boys' high school basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. Chuck Taylor made the first boys' high school basketball All-American selections in 1949. The ESPN RISE boys' high school basketball All-American (2009–2011), formerly EA Sports boys' high school basketball All-American (2005–2008) and Student Sports boys' high school basketball All-American (1989–2004) is an annual honorary list that includes twenty first team All-American selections of the best high school basketball players for a given season.

Each season the team is determined by the ESPN HS staff based solely on high school accomplishment, regardless of professional potential. A second team of thirty additional players is also chosen. Additionally, a single person has been recognized as Mr. Basketball USA since 1996.This is considered to be one of the four current major boys' high school basketball All-American teams along with the Parade All-America and USA Today All-USA high school basketball teams, which are chosen after each season, as well as the preseason Street & Smith All-American team. Student Sports Magazine's executive editor Mark Tennis began overseeing All-America selections by the magazine in 1989, with a process that also chooses All-American teams by class (seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen). In 2005, EA Sports presented the Student Sports selections.

Jabari Parker

Jabari Ali Parker (born March 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He ended his college career after one season of playing for Duke University. Parker was a standout high school athlete, helping his team win four straight state championships for Simeon Career Academy, and was named the National High School Player of the Year by Gatorade and McDonald's. In his freshman year for the 2013–14 Duke Blue Devils, he was named a consensus first-team All-American, the USBWA National Freshman of the Year, and the runner-up for the John R. Wooden Award (College Player of the Year). Parker is the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker.

Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor (pronounced ; born December 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played his freshman season of college for the 2014–15 Duke national championship team. He was selected with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He has previously played in the NBA for the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

Okafor was heavily recruited since before high school and had been at the top of the recruiting rankings for several years. He played high school basketball in Chicago, Illinois for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where he earned high school national player of the year awards from McDonald's, USA Today and Parade. At the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, he earned the Tournament MVP for the gold-medal winning USA team. In 2013, Okafor led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public High School League (CPL) city championship. He was an All-American as a junior in 2013. The following summer, he was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, for the gold-medal Team USA. Following his senior season, he earned broad All-American recognition and was named national player of the year by Parade, USA Today and McDonald's among other players. He signed with Duke as a package with Tyus Jones, with widespread recognition as the preseason Collegiate National Player of the Year.

At Duke, he earned the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year, and a unanimous 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection. In the week following Duke's victory in the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament against Wisconsin, Okafor announced that he would enter the NBA draft.

Johnathan Gray

Johnathan Gray (born April 22, 1993) is an American football running back. He played college football for the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas. Gray earned a 2011 USA Today High School All-American nomination, and was also named Gatorade National Player of the Year. After becoming the first junior to win ESPN HS's Mr. Football USA, he became the first two-time winner of the award following the 2011 high school football season.Gray chose the University of Texas over Arkansas, Auburn, TCU, and Texas A&M.

Kendrick Nunn

Kendrick Melvin Nunn (born August 3, 1995) is an American basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball team. Nunn sat out a season due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) transfer rules. Nunn previously played three seasons at the University of Illinois. He was dismissed from the team following the 2015–16 season. He was named to the 2013–14 Big Ten season All-Freshman team. He was the 2018 Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year after leading the nation in three point shots made per game.

Mitch McGary

Mitchell Neil William McGary (born June 6, 1992) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a bowler. A native of Chesterton, Indiana, McGary declared for the NBA draft after completing his sophomore season for the 2013–14 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. He was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2014 NBA draft.

At the time of his National Letter of Intent signing with Michigan Wolverines basketball, and ranked McGary as the number two player in the United States high school class of 2012, while ranked him as the number three prospect. He was not only the consensus top power forward recruit in the nation, but also the top big man according to most sources at the time. After his signing, however, McGary fell down in the rankings as his underdeveloped offensive skills became apparent.

At Michigan, McGary became the sixth man as well as the leading shot blocker and rebounder for the 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. During the season, he was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He became the regular starter during the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and earned South All-Regional Team and NCAA All-Tournament Team recognition as he helped the team reach the championship game. He led all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding.

Mr. Basketball USA

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. 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 in 2013 in 2014, Grassrootshoops in 2015, and in 2016, 2017, & 2018.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.

Mr. Football USA

Mr. Football USA also known as ESPN RISE National Player of the Year, formerly EA Sports Mr. Football USA, is an award presented to the United States high school football National Player of the year by ESPN HS. In 2013, the award was given by the - Will Grier, Davidson (North Carolina) QB

2012 - Max Browne, Skyline (Washington) QB

2011 – Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) RB

2010 – Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) RB (Jr.)

2009 – Dillon Baxter, Mission Bay (San Diego) QB-RB

2008 – Garrett Gilbert, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) QB

2007 – Jacory Harris, Northwestern (Miami) QB

2006 – Darren Evans, Warren Central (Indianapolis) FB

2005 – Matthew Stafford, Highland Park (Dallas) QB

2004 – Chase Daniel, Carroll (Southlake, Texas) QB

2003 – Jeff Byers, Loveland (Loveland, Colo.) OL-DL

2002 – Chris Leak, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) QB

2001 – Vince Young, Madison (Houston) QB

2000 – Cedric Benson, Robert E. Lee (Midland, Texas) RB

1999 – D. J. Williams, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) RB-LB

1998 – J. R. House, Nitro (Nitro, W. Va.) QB

1997 – Ronald Curry, Hampton (Va.) QB-RB

1996 – Travis Henry, Frostproof (Fla.) RB

1995 – Tim Couch, Leslie County (Hyden, Ky.) QB

1994 – Chris Redman, Male (Louisville, Ky.) QB

1993 – Peyton Manning, Newman (New Orleans) QB

1992 – James Allen, Wynnewood (Okla.) RB

1991 – Steven Davis, Spartanburg (S.C.) RB

1990 – Derrick Brooks, Washington (Pensacola, Fla.) LB

1989 – Robert Smith, Euclid (Ohio) RB

1988 – Terry Kirby, Tabb (Va.) RB

1987 – Carl Pickens, Murphy (N.C.) WR

1986 – Emmitt Smith, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) RB

1985 – Jeff George, Warren Central (Indianapolis) QB

1984 – Andre Rison, Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) WR-DB

1983 – Chris Spielman, Washington (Massillon, Ohio) LB

1982 – Rod Woodson, Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) WR-DB

1981 – Marcus Dupree, Philadelphia (Miss.) RB

1980 – Bill Fralic, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) OL

1979 – Herschel Walker, Johnson County (Wrightsville, Ga.) RB

1978 – Eric Dickerson, Sealy (Sealy) RB

1977 – Marcus Allen, Lincoln (San Diego) QB-RB

1976 – Freeman McNeil, Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) RB

1975 – Charles White, San Fernando (San Fernando, Calif.) RB

1974 – Billy Sims, Hooks (Hooks, Texas) RB

1973 – Earl Campbell, John Tyler (Tyler, Texas) RB

1972 – Tony Dorsett, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) RB

1971 – Dave Logan, Wheat Ridge (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) WR

1970 – Pat Haden, Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) QB

NASCAR Countdown

NASCAR Countdown was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series prerace show that debuted on February 17, 2007. It was a live on-site pre-race show for all Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. It came as a result of ESPN getting broadcast rights to NASCAR races, including the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The program was also available in high-definition on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. Along with the press release of this program, ESPN also announced plans for a daily show devoted to NASCAR entitled NASCAR Now. NASCAR Countdown was telecast from a new, state-of-the-art mobile pit studio, similar to NASCAR on Fox's "Hollywood Hotel."

At Sprint Cup events, the program was always hosted by Nicole Briscoe. Joining Briscoe was five-time NBA All-Star and former winning NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty and former Cup champion Rusty Wallace. Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett also contributed to the program from the broadcast booth.

Quincy Miller

Quincy Cortez Miller (born November 18, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Piratas de Quebradillas of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He has also previously played for the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets as well as the Reno Bighorns, Iowa Energy and Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League.

He was born in the Chicago metropolitan area and was raised there until the age of 13, at which point he moved to live with an uncle in North Carolina so that he could live a better life. He attended four different high schools, but eventually became one of the top ten high school basketball prospects in the class of 2011. He played for USA Basketball in the 2010 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. Early in his senior year, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), rendering him incapable of playing the remainder of the season.

He played his true freshman season with the Baylor University Bears men's basketball team as a forward for the 2011–12 team. In his freshman season, the team set school records for its best start (17–0), longest winning streak (17) and highest ranking (3/3). Following the 2011–12 Big 12 Conference men's basketball season, he was named the Big 12 co-Freshman of the Year and was recognized as an honorable mention All-Big 12 and a Big 12 All-Star Team selection by the Big 12 coaches. He was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year by Sporting News.

In the NBA, Miller had a modest role for most of his first two seasons. He began to get regular playing time midway through his second season, and in the final weeks of his second season he became an everyday starter due to injury. In 2016, he earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection and was a member of the 2015–16 ABA League champion, the 2015–16 Basketball League of Serbia champion and the 2016–17 Israeli Basketball State Cup winner.

Ronnie Fields

Ronnie Fields (born February 28, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Trey Burke

Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and immediately traded to the Utah Jazz. He has also played with the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks. He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As a sophomore during the 2012–13 season, he earned National Player of the Year and led the 2012–13 Wolverines to the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Shortly after the tournament he declared his eligibility for the draft.

After being traded to the Jazz, Burke suffered a broken finger late in the preseason. He missed almost a month of the regular season before making his debut. He became a starter in his third game with the team. As a rookie, he won the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge and went on to finish third in the NBA Rookie of the Year Award balloting.

As a freshman at Michigan, he earned the 2011–12 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year award and was named to the 2011–12 All-Big Ten 2nd team. He was selected as a 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American by (second team) and the Associated Press—sometimes AP—(honorable mention). He led the 2011–12 team in points, assists, steals and blocked shots. As a sophomore, Burke was a consensus first team 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American. He also earned Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 and was a unanimous 2012–13 All-Big Ten 1st team selection. He also earned almost all the possible National Player of the Year awards (Wooden, AP, NABC, Naismith, Robertson and Sports Illustrated) as well as the Bob Cousy Award. As a sophomore, he led the Big Ten in assists and set the Michigan single-season assists record.

As a high school basketball player, he was 2011 Ohio Mr. Basketball and a second-team Parade All-American. Additionally, he was a member of the 2009 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I State Championship team and the 2011 OHSAA Division I State Runner-up as well as an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) U16 National Championship team in 2009 and a runner-up in the 2008 AAU U15 National tournament.

Underclass All-American

Underclass All-American is an honorific for high school and college athletes for excellence in competition. The athletes recognized with this title are considered the best players of a specific season in their sport that are members of a given class other than the senior class. These athletes are considered All-Americans for their class and are termed Junior All-Americans, Sophomore All-Americans and Freshman All-Americans or All-Freshman, All-Sophomore and All-Junior honorees.

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