TheTB5Reports 2019 End of Season Awards

 

The 2019 HS Season was one of the best in recent memory in the DFW. Coaches did a phenomenal job of scheduling early non conference matchups that the Metroplex wanted to see. There was no “duck season” at all this year. It seemed like everybody played everybody! Not to mention capping off this season with a clean sweep of UIL State Championships at the 1A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A levels. Frisco Legacy and Grace Prep also won TAPPS State Championships. The talent in the city this year was special and that’s why compiling this list was so tough.

Player of The Year : Drew Timme JJ Pearce

Drew Timme

Drew Timme was consistently dominant the entire year. The 6'10 Gonzaga signee averaged  23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists per game this year for Pearce. He led his team to big wins all year while scoring against double and triple teams. His consistent production is what landed him the award as TheTB5Reports DFW Player of The Year.

Rookie of The Year: Keyonte George

Keyonte George

Keyonte hit the ground running as a freshman for Lewisville this season. He averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The 2022 prospect picked up offers from a slew of high major programs in the process. Keyonte is one of the top guards in the country and one to track over the next three years.

Sophomore of The Year: Harrison Ingram

Harrison Ingram

Harrison Ingram led St. Mark's to uncharted waters this year. The top 25 sophomore averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists per game. 

Coach of The Year: Duane Gregory Mansfield Timberview

Duane Gregory

This was the toughest decision I had to make for an individual award. Candidates like David Peavy (Duncanville) and Brandon Thomas (Faith Family) made this tough. Coach Gregory won a 5A State Championship this year after losing Chris Mullins and Isaac Likekele to Rice and Oklahoma St. and transfers Trey Tennyson (Central Connecticut St. signee) and one of the top 2020 prospects in the state in Jaquan Scott. Coach Gregory has done a phenomenal job winning two state championships in the last three years.

 

First Team All-DFW

Tyrese Maxey South Garland

Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey had a tremendous senior campaign for South Garland coming up just short of a state championship appearance . The University of Kentucky signee averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game. 

Jahmius Ramsey Duncanville

Jahmius Ramsey

Jahmius Ramsey left his mark on the state of Texas by helping lead his team to a 6A State Championship. The Texas Tech signee averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game while also locking down the opponent's best perimeter player the entire year.

Avery Anderson III Justin Northwest

Avery Anderson III

Avery Anderson III had a big time senior season that led to him being named MVP of the district. The Oklahoma St. signee averaged 22 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game. 

RJ Hampton Little Elm

RJ Hampton

RJ had a huge junior season leading his Little Elm team to the second round of the playoffs where they lost to eventual 5A State Champion Mansfield Timberview. The top 5 2020 prospect averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

Sam Williamson Rockwall

Sam Williamson

Sam had as good of a season as any player on this list. The Louisville signee averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists per game for Rockwall. He led his team all season and came up with big game after big game when needed.

Second Team All-DFW

Chris Harris Jr. South Garland

Chris Harris Jr.

The Texas A&M signee averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He was also one of the leaders in steals per game. Harris was big all year for South Garland as they fell one game short of a second straight State Championship appearance.

De'Vion Harmon Denton Guyer

De'Vion Harmon

The Oklahoma signee averaged 21 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game for one of the area's most talented teams. De'Vion had a big time high school career winning 2 gold medals for the USA team in addition to what he did for Guyer.

Jalen Wilson Denton Guyer

Jalen Wilson

Jalen Wilson helped form one of the best duo's in Texas high school basketball the last few years at Denton Guyer. The Michigan signee averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game his senior season.

Isaiah Stevens  Allen 

Isaiah Stevens

Isaiah was arguably the best point guard in the city this year for Allen. The Colorado St. signee averaged 20 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds per game while leading a young and talented Allen squad.

 

Max Abmas Jesuit

Max Abmas

Max Abmas helped lead Jesuit to a great season this year. The Oral Roberts signee averaged 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season.

Third Team All-DFW

Mike Miles Lancaster

Mike Miles

Miles helped lead the Lancaster Tigers to a #1 5A State Ranking for close to two months. The junior averaged 20 points, 4 assists and 6 rebounds per game this season.

Marcus Sasser Jr. Red Oak

Marcus Sasser

Sasser was lethal all year long for Red Oak. He had some huge performances this season. The University of Houston signee averaged 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Julius Marble Jesuit

Julius Marble

Julius Marble may have helped himself more than any prospect in the country his senior season. The Michigan St. signee averaged 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists per game for Jesuit.

Trazarien White Mansfield Timberview

Trazarien White

Trazarien was a major factor for the best 5A team in the state. The Air Force signee averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists per game while leading Mansfield Timberview to a state title.

Jakevan Leftridge Wilmer-Hutchins

Jakevan Leftridge

Jakevan was huge for one of the best 4A teams in the state. The senior averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game for Hutch.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Division One or Bust??

The 2019 high school season has ended in most states. There are thousands of unsigned seniors across the country who all have had dreams of playing college basketball at the Division One level. That means there are thousands of players and parents who are panicking and even worse not listening to strong collegiate programs at the D2, D3, NAIA and Junior College levels. This is a common theme for some unsigned seniors and parents year after year.

I'm pleading with you players and parents to not limit your options to only D1 offers. I've heard of and seen first hand players and parents just ignore calls, recruitment and even offers from D2, D3, NAIA and Junior College programs. I've seen those same kids end up not playing collegiate basketball because by the time they realized they weren't going D1 those different level schools had moved on and signed another prospect.

The state of Texas has produced some of the best Division 2 players in the country, NAIA Texas Wesleyan won a National Championship a few years ago and Junior College basketball in Texas is second to none.

Players like Julian Miranda (Dallas Baptist) Chandler Jacobs (Dallas Baptist) David Chavlovich (West Texas A&M) Joel Murray (West Texas A&M) Marqualen Grant (West Texas A&M) and Caleb Jordan (St. Mary's) have all had or are in the middle of very successful D2 careers. Chavlovich of Arlington Bowie is West Texas A&M's All Time Leading Scorer and just signed a professional contract in Croatia. Miranda , Jacobs and Jordan are the last three winners of the Freshman of the Year Award in the Heartland Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Grant was Freshman of The Year in the Lonestar Conference this year and Murray was First Team All-Defense.

All of these players were probably D1 level talents , they all decided to go D2 or were only offered by schools that weren't D1. They ALL hit the ground running and will have a chance to make some money one day playing this game. More importantly they will all receive college degrees for FREE.

Parents, remember this is about a free education. I've been on several interviews and nobody ever asked me what level my degree was. Players, remember this is about the opportunity to extend your dream of playing collegiate athletics. Be open to ALL levels when being recruited. Don't allow yourself to be D1 or Bust.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Big Time Matchups On Deck for UIL Playoffs

The 2019 UIL Playoffs have heated up quickly as only 14 DFW programs are still in pursuit of the dream every school had when the season started, a Texas state championship.

 

2021 Dallas Madison 6'0 G Jerome Rogers Jr.

In the 3A Division Madison is holding the DFW down as they prepare to face off against Tatum HS at Prosper on Friday night. The Trojans have been led by Jerome Rogers Jr., Jody Legans and Dominique Robinson in their quest for a UIL 3A State Men's Basketball Championship.

 

 

 

 

In the 4A Division upstart Faith Family will square off with Texarkana Pleasant Grove. Faith Family has been led by senior PG Rakim Gary and freshman phenom Trae Clayton along with a host of others.

Life School Waxahachie is also representing Dallas in 4A as they face a daunting task with the matchup vs. #2 4A Silsbee on Friday night.

 

Wilmer Hutchins 2019 6'5 F Jakevan Leftridge

Wilmer Hutchins looks like the team to beat in 4A in Dallas led by seniors Jakevan Leftridge and Davian Sanders. Hutch is the #1 team in the state and have shown no signs of slowing down. If Faith Family and Hutch take care of business Friday night they will face each other on Saturday for a trip to San Antonio.

 

 

 

In 5A we have Lancaster, Mansfield Timberview, Frisco Lonestar, Justin Northwest and Highland Park all still chasing a state championship title.

Highland Park may be the surprise of the group after taking down Kimball last week. They are led by sharp shooting senior Riley Seebold who leads the area in three point shooting. 2020 5 Star football recruit Prince Dorbah has also given the Scotts some big time production inside this season. They will need Dorbah to play big as Sulphur Springs will have one of the biggest and best front courts in the state with Cameron Kahn, Xavier Cork and Sadadriene Hall.

 

Justin Northwest 2019 6'2 G Avery Anderson III

Justin Northwest is looking to get back to San Antonio for a third consecutive year. They are led by seniors Avery Anderson and Sam Freeman. They have also received big contributions from juniors Julien Smith and Jaylen Peterson. They will play Amarillo Palo Duro Friday night and could possibly face Mansfield Timberview for a chance to get back to San Antonio on Saturday.

 

Mansfield Timberview 2019 6'5 F Trazarien White

Mansfield Timberview is looking to win a second state title in three years. This group is led by a veteran group of seniors who were all on the team that won state 2 years ago. Trazarien White, CJ Smith, Rod Soares and Tristen Starks. Coach Gregory is recognized as one of the best coaches in Texas as well. They will face Lubbock Monterey on Friday night and possibly tangle with Justin Northwest Saturday.

 

 

 

Lancaster HS 2020 6'2 PG Mike Miles

Lancaster has been the #1 team in the state in 5A for about 2 months now. They haven't lost a game since December. The Tigers have been led by arguably the best backcourt in the state Mike Miles Jr. and Wade Taylor IV. These two have been tremendous all year. Unheralded seniors Devon Miller and Jalen Roberts have been phenomenal all year for the Tigers as well. They will face Frisco Lonestar Friday night.

 

Frisco Lonestar 2019 6'6 F Isaiah Lewis

Frisco Lonestar had gone under the radar for much of the regular season because they played the early portion of their schedule without 2 starters. Marvin Mims and Julian Larry were both trying to lead Lonestar to a football state championship. They are both back and in complete basketball shape to go along with Northern Arizona signee Isaiah Lewis. The matchup with Lancaster Friday night looks to be a good one.

 

 

6A is loaded with ELITE individual talent as well as a Cinderella. I'll get started with Cinderella.

Euless Trinity has quietly put together the best season in their school's history. With Trinity alum Myles Turner watching they took out the heavily favored North Crowley team. They were led by dynamic senior guard Adrian Nunley who has been lights out for the Trojans this year. They will need him and a few others to take out the #1 6A team in the state Duncanville Panthers Friday night.

 

Duncanville 2019 6'4 G Jahmius Ramsey

Duncanville has been on a tear since Christmas winning the Whataburger Tournament Championship. They have been led by two top 50 players in the country in 2019 Texas Tech signee Jahmius Ramsey and 2020 Micah Peavy. The contributions don't stop there with players like JB Hill, Derek Luna and Damon Nichols Jr. also playing well for the Panthers. Their star power along with their depth make them a tough out. If the Panthers win Friday night they could face Denton Guyer on Saturday.

 

 

Denton Guyer 2020 6'8 F JaKobe Coles

Denton Guyer was the #12 ranked team in the country at one point this season. They are stacked with the likes of Oklahoma signee Devion Harmon, Michigan signee Jalen Wilson, JaKobe Coles and Tyler McGhie. Each of these players are capable of scoring 25 plus on any given night. Guyer looks to get to San Antonio for the first time with this group. They will face Odessa Permian on Friday night and a possible matchup with Duncanville on Saturday.

 

Rockwall 2019 6'7 G Sam Williamson

Rockwall will face off against a very good Klein Forest team from Houston on Friday night. McDonald's All-American Sam Williamson and McNeese St. signee Alec Grandstaff have proved to be a tough tandem to deal with. I wouldn't count a talent like Sam or this team out in any game they play, he's that special. If they can get through this one on Friday they could be looking at a matchup with South Garland on Saturday.

 

 

 

South Garland 2019 6'2 G Chris Harris Jr.

South Garland looks to head back to San Antonio after a tough loss in last year's semi-finals. They will be led by one of America's best HS backcourts in Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey and Texas A&M signee Chris Harris Jr. They will face off against Spring HS who are led by their own high scoring backcourt of Keionte Cornelius and Christyon Eugene. This should be a very entertaining matchup of guards.

 

 

These teams have all done well advancing to this point in the season. There will be some very good teams and players that will play their final games on Friday night.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports Starting 5 for January 28- February 2

As we head towards the end of the regular season players and teams are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There were several outstanding performances this week, the biggest one coming from a Dallas native playing in Florida.

 

 

2020 Montverde 6'7 G Cade Cunningham

Cade Cunningham was amazing for Montverde in a win over Oak Hill on Saturday. The top 10 G finished with 26 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds while playing phenomenal defense against the #1 PG in 2019 Cole Anthony. Cade led Montverde to a 20 point win and has his team primed for a National Championship run.

 

2019 Southlake Carroll 6'1 G Brandon Haddock

Brandon continues his high scoring act this season for Southlake Carroll. The unsigned senior guard scored 27 points in a win over Eaton. Brandon has been one of the top scorers over the last two years in the DFW.

 

Mansfield Timberview 2019 6'4 G Rodrigo Soares

Rodrigo has gone under the radar a bit this season at Timberview. The unsigned senior forward has been a key piece for one of the best teams in the state. He scored 25 points in a win over Crowley this week.

 

Frisco Lonestar 2020 6'2 G Julian Larry

Julian looks to be all the way back to basketball form for Lonestar. The pass first PG scored 25 in a win over Frisco Heritage. Lonestar looks to be a dark horse candidate for 5A this year. Julian will be vital to this team's success.

 

Episcopal School of Dallas 2019 6'7 F Keller Casey

Keller scored 30 points in a win over Westlake Academy. The senior has been terrific leading a young Episcopal team this season.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports Starting 5 For The Week of Jan. 21st-26th

The DFW provided us with more big time individual performances in wins last week. Big time players are making big time plays as guys continue their playoff push in the second half of district.

 

2019 JJ Pearce 6'10 F Drew Timme

Drew was phenomenal in a win over Richardson last week. The Gonzaga signee had 31 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and the game winning score to lead his team to victory. Timme has arguably been the best player in the Metroplex this year.

 

2020 Newman Smith 6'3 G Jarren Cook

Jarren was on fire leading his team to a victory over Conrad. The junior sharp shooter made 7 three's and finished with 33 points. Cook has been on a scoring tear all year and has Newman Smith primed for the playoffs.

 

2019 Colleyville Heritage 6'3 G Niko Bossinakis

Niko had it ALL working in a rivalry win versus Grapevine last week. The senior guard finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and hit the game tying three to send it to OT at the buzzer. Colleyville Heritage is having a fantastic season so far and Bossinakis has been a key cog in the team's success.

 

2022 Little Elm 6'5 G Tre White

The freshman Tre White erupted for 47 points and 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over Lake Dallas last week. The top 25 talent showed why he is so highly recruited and touted nationally. Little Elm will try and make a deep playoff run and Tre will need to play a huge role in the drive for a 5A state championship.

 

 

2019 Mansfield Timberview G CJ Smith

Senior guard CJ Smith had it working for Timberview in a win last week. Smith made 7 three's and finished with 30 points in a win. Timberview has been one of the best teams in the state and Smith has done an outstanding job leading his team. CJ is the maestro for Timberview and a run at another state championship will be heavily impacted on his play the rest of the year.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Sam Williamson McDonald All-American Selection Interview

 

Sam Williamson will represent DFW along with Tyrese Maxey in the McDonald's All-American Game. Sam sat down with us to speak about his selection to this prestigious event.

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to be selected to a prestigious event like the McDonald's All-American Game?

Sam Williamson: It’s an amazing feeling to be selected to the game and it’s something I dreamed of since I was a little kid. My journey was different than a lot of other players that make this game. I was relatively unknown 2 years ago and 3 years ago I was playing freshman basketball... but I just kept working. Coming from the bottom and being unknown and then now being a McDonald’s all American it’s just so rewarding knowing my work has payed off.. but I’m not done yet!!

TheTB5Reports: Of course this is a huge individual honor, who helped you get to this point?

Sam Williamson: So many people have helped me at this point from my parents, to my trainers and coaches and to the voters and media that has voted for me and pushed for me to be selected

TheTB5Reports: What are your goals for the rest of your last HS season?

Sam Williamson:I have one primary goal for this season and that’s to win state.. at this point in time I’m not worried about individual awards I just want to finish my high school career on top !

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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Tyrese Maxey and Sam Williamson selected to the Prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game

The 2019 Mc Donald's All-American Game will be played March 27, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dallas, Texas will be represented by South Garland 2019 6'4 G Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey and Rockwall 2019 6'7 G Louisville signee Sam Williamson. These two young men are outstanding on and off the floor. The two prospects who will now be rivals in the annual Kentucky vs Louisville game next year took different paths to get to this point.

 

South Garland 2019 6'4 G Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey has long been regarded as one of the top players in his class. He's taken on every challenge and came out on top for the most part over the last 4 years. I think a lot of people knew before Tyrese even got to HS he would definitely be in the conversation for this game.

TheTB5Reports: How does it feel to be selected to a prestigious event like the McDonald's All-American Game?

Tyrese Maxey: It’s honestly a dream come true! I’ve Been working hard for this day and I’m just glad I can scratch this achievement off a list of many goals!

TheTB5Reports: Of course this is a huge individual honor, who helped you get to this point?

Tyrese Maxey: Praise to the man upstairs who blessed me with these talents and big shout-out to my family members who’ve been by my side through the entire process! Also special thanks to Coach Josh he always put me in position to play against the best so I could prove I belonged! Coach Rod and Coach Tim have also helped me develop my game and continue to get better! Last I’d like to thank Coach Parker for holding me accountable these last 4 years which has made me a better player and more importantly a better person!

TheTB5Reports: What are your goals for the rest of your last HS season?

Tyrese Maxey: I want my state ring!! That’s my main goal this year and was a huge reason why I returned to South Garland for my senior year!

 

Rockwall 2019 6'7 G Sam Williamson

Sam Williamson was a relatively unknown prospect until after his sophomore year of HS. He has ascended as much as any prospect over the last two years in the country with some huge individual performances on big stages. Sam went from being unranked to top 30 in the country in about 18 months. That is a testament to his hard work and development.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports Starting 5 For Jan. 14th-19th

Another week, another Starting 5. The DFW area continues to provide us with special performances and big wins. A few new faces in this edition.

 

2020 Duncanville 6'7 wing Micah Peavy

Micah Peavy exploded for 38 points in a win last week, 24 of them came in the first quarter. Peavy has been a key cog for the #1 team in the state for 6A.

 

2020 Grand Prairie 6'7 wing Donald Gholdstone

Donald Gholdstone has been very good for Grand Prairie this year. He had a big time performance last week scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a win last week over state ranked Mansfield Lakeridge.

 

2019 6'5 wing Jakevan Leftridge

Jakevan continued his dominate play last week for state #1 ranked 4A team Hutch. He totaled 60 points and 23 rebounds in 2 wins last week.

 

2019 Desoto 6'3 G Jairus Hicklen

Jairus has been tremendous all season long for Desoto. The unsigned senior had games of 23 and 20 points in 2 wins last week for his team. He's filling the stat sheets with points and rebounds as well.

 

2019 Frisco Lonestar 6'6 F Isaiah Lewis

Isaiah was huge in 2 wins for Lonestar last week. The Northern Arizona commit scored 30 in a win and was big time down the stretch in a win vs rival Frisco Wakeland.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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TheTB5Reports Starting Five For January 7th-12th

After a short Christmas break we are back at it with our Starting Five highlighting big performances from this past week. There was no shortage of competitive games and individual performances.

 

2019 South Garland 6'3 G Chris Harris Jr.

Chris Harris Jr. led his team to a big district win over a young and talented Wylie HS team. The Texas A&M signee was just too much for the young Wylie Pirates hitting five triples en route to a game high 23 points and 7 rebounds.

 

2019 South Garland 6'4 PG Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey played a superb all around game in a 64-44 win over district foe Wylie HS. He finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The University of Kentucky signee scored and facilitated at a high level.

 

2022 Lewisville HS 6'3 G Keyonte George

Keyonte is the first freshman to make the Starting 5 this year and he's earned it. The freshman phenom has been one of the better scorers regardless of class this season. He scored 31 points to lead his Lewisville team to a victory over Flower Mound Marcus.

 

2020 St. Mark's 6'6 F Andrew Laczkowski

Andrew was phenomenal in a win against Bishop Lynch last week. He scored 25 points, made 5 triples and pulled down 8 rebounds. Andrew picked up an offer from San Diego in that game and on Friday he accomplished the 1,000 points milestone at St. Mark's.

 

2019 Duncanville 6'5 G Jahmius Ramsey

Jahmius Ramsey has been on a tear the last month and his Duncanville team has benefitted from it. Ramsey has helped lead his team to a #1 state ranking. He scored 23 points in a big district win over JJ Pearce. Ramsey seems to have it clicking at the right time as does Duncanville HS.

 

Kellen C. Buffington

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