High-SchoolTexas: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild Card Edition!

December, 16, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best mascots in Texas high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Texas schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.
5. Cavalry Christian Conquerors

4. Mason Punchers

3. Breckinridge Buckaroos

2. Hamlin Pied Pipers

1. Winters Blizzards

Honorable Mention: Austin Waldorf Roadrunners, Cigarroa Toros, Rotan Yellowhammers, Sharyland Apollos, Texas City Stingarees

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Five Days of List-Mas: Five Best NBA Players from Texas

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Texas.

Isaiah Austin, Cameron Ridley and Marcus Smart are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Texas has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who's been the best? Here's our list of the five best players from the Lone Star State to play in the NBA.

5. Chris Bosh
Credentials: He may be on the most-hated team in the league right now, but Chris Bosh is a Texas legend. It all began at Lincoln High, where he led his school to a 40-0 record and the state and national titles. He went on to play one year at Georgia Tech before being drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in 2003. He starred in Canada for seven seasons before joining the newest Big 3 with LeBron and D-Wade in Miami last season.


4. Clyde Drexler
Credentials: Clyde the Glide's roots stretch back to Sterling High before he went on to form the Phi Slamma Jamma at Houston with Akeem Olajuwon. Drexler was then drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 1983 where he starred for 11 seasons before being traded to the Rockets. Back in Houston and reunited with Olajuwon, Drexler won his only NBA title in 1995. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 after averaging 20.4 points per game.

3. Deron Williams
Credentials: Deemed by many as the NBA's best point guard today, Williams began playing at The Colony as a teenager before enrolling at Illinois. After leading his school to the 2005 NCAA title game, Williams was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz in 2005. In six seasons there, he averaged 17.2 points and 9.2 assists before being traded last year to the New Jersey Nets. He now stands as one of the most coveted free agents for this coming summer.

2. Dennis Rodman
Credentials: Perhaps the greatest rebounder of all time and easily one of the most controversial players ever, Rodman's humble beginnings stem from his at South Oak Cliff, but he didn't play much basketball. It wasn't until his days at Southeastern Oklahoma State University that he caught on, averaging 24.4 points and 17.8 rebounds. The Pistons drafted him 27th in 1986 and he caught on as part of the infamous "Bad Boys." He won two titles in Detroit before being traded to the Spurs and then joining the Bulls where he won three more rings alongside Jordan and Pippen. Rodman, who averaged 13.1 boards for his career, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

1. Shaquille O'Neal
Credentials: Before he started making nicknames for himself and breaking backboards, Big Shaq at Cole High. He then went on to dominate at LSU for three years, averaging 21.6 points and 13.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic selected him first in the 1992 NBA Draft and he was named Rookie of the Year. After four seasons, he signed with the Lakers, where he joined with Kobe Bryant to win three titles and a league MVP. Shaq was then traded to the Miami Heat and won another title, this time alongside Dwyane Wade. The Big Aristotle retired this past summer and is a surefire Hall of Famer.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Texas hoops rankings remain steady as big games loom

December, 14, 2011
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Shootouts are often associated with Texas and the wild West, so with the major slate of games on the horizon for several Lone Star State teams, several old-fashioned shootouts could be in the cards.

If you love Texas basketball, you'd better be tuned in Thursday night. At 6 p.m on ESPNU, No. 2 Grace Prep takes on No. 6 Prestonwood Christian. Both could use a momentum boost with the City of Palms coming up and both could use the game film since a rematch at the prestigious Florida tournament could occur.

At 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, No. 11 Flower Mound Marcus looks to gain its first major national victory against Maryland's Montrose Christian, which is ranked fourth in the POWERADE FAB 50.

So check out this week's rankings during the calm before the shootout (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Flower Mound Marcus 13-1 (1)
The Marauders have won four straight entering Thursday's huge televised matchup against national No. 4 Montrose Christian (Md.) on ESPN at 8:30 p.m.

2. Grace Prep (Arlington) 7-1 (2)
The Lions fell to national No. 3 Oak Hill (Va.) despite 18 points and 13 boards from Isaiah Austin. The road doesn't get any easier as they face No. 6 Prestonwood Christian (7 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU) and then travel to Florida for the tough City of Palms.

3. Westbury Christian (Houston) 8-0 (3)
Remained undefeated with 22-point win against Channelview.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas basketball rankings

Five Days of List-Mas: Texas' underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are winding down and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Texas next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.
5. Brice Gunter (JR), Stephenville, WR
Credentials: 69 catches, 1,099 yards, 15 touchdowns, finalist for Gatorade State Player of the Year

4. Jake Oliver (JR), Dallas Jesuit, WR
Credentials: 108 catches, 1,637 yards, 24 touchdowns

3. Baker Mayfield (JR), Lake Travis, QB
Credentials: 3,512 passing yards, 44 touchdowns, five interceptions, 765 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, led Cavaliers to Class 4A, Division I title game in first year as starter

2. Kenny Hill (JR), Southlake Carroll, QB
Credentials:2,713 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 1,267 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns, led Dragons to Class 5A, Division I title game

1. Devante Kincade (JR), Skyline, QB
Credentials: 3,231 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, four interceptions, led team to Class 5A, Division I semifinals

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas

Tomorrow: POWERADE state hoops rankings

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Five days of List-Mas: Texas' A-list

December, 12, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: A-Listers

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Texas? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Daniel Vertiz (SR), S.A. Reagan, Cross Country
Credentials: NXN runner-up, fifth at Foot Locker Nationals, second at 5A state meet

4. Marcus Smart (SR), Flower Mound Marcus, Basketball
Credentials: Oklahoma State recruit, nation's No. 11 player in ESPNU 100, reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year, led Marauders to Class 5A state title, adidas Super 64 MVP

3. Julius Randle (JR), Prestonwood Christian, Basketball
Credentials: Nation's No. 3 player in ESPNU 60, 2011 Elite 24 participant, tweeted by Kevin Durant

2. Mario Edwards Jr. (SR), Denton Ryan, Football
Credentials: Nation's No. 1 player in ESPNU 150, Florida State commit, 2010 Class 4A Defensive POY

1. Johnathan Gray (SR), Aledo, Football
Credentials: Texas recruit, No. 5 player in ESPNU 150, two-time Gatorade State POY, 2011 Gatorade National POY, 2010 Mr. Football USA, two-time Class 4A, Division II champion, nation's all-time career TD co-leader, state record holder in carries, touchdowns, points, 100-yard games and single-season rushing touchdowns

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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