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Texas final hoops rankings: FM Marcus, Kimball repeat as champs

March, 13, 2012
After games on Sunday, March 11

Call it deja vu, call it partying like it's 2011 – heck, you could even call it a comeback. Whatever the case, Marcus and Kimball emerged as champs once again in the 5A and 4A ranks, respectively, this past weekend.

For Marcus, it meant holding off the twin duo of Aaron and Andrew Harrison. No easy task, but also not a tall order for the Marauders' own duo in McDonald's All-American Marcus Smart, who played stifling defense, and Phil Forte, who knocked down eight critical free throws to secure the 56-52 win. The Marauders sit fifth in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

For Kimball, it mean coming back against a Yates team known for its high-scoring offense and championship success in 2009 and 2010. But behind a late rally and Torrey Henry's go-ahead three-pointer, the Knights proved that the title was theirs to keep.

That will do it for an eventful Texas hoops scene in the public and private-school ranks. Here are the final rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Marcus (Flower Mound) 39-2 (1)
Phil Forte drained eight free throws down the stretch to finish with 24 points and MVP honors as the Marauders repeated as Class 5A champs with a 56-52 win against Fort Bend Travis.

2. Prestonwood Christian (Plano) 27-4 (2)
Super junior Julius Randle led the Lions to the TAPPS Class 5A crown.

3. Grace Prep (Arlington) 27-4 (3)
Repeated as TAPPS Class 4A champs with win against No. 6 Westbury Christian in the title game.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas basketball rankings.
After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

Opponents have been in double trouble this season when they face off against Fort Bend Travis. Twin junior guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison have created problems on both ends of the floor, with Aaron taking care of the scoring (team-high 18.2 ppg) and Andrew doing a little of both (11.8 ppg, 5.7 apg) for the Tigers.

With eight straight wins, including a victory against No. 8 Bush to complete the season sweep, the Tigers have earned a spot in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings at No. 44.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Grace Prep (Arlington) 17-2 (1)
Lions have had their way of late, easily beating Fort Worth Christian and Pantego Christian. Jordan Mickey had 19 points in the win against FWC.

2. Marcus (Flower Mound) 27-2 (2)
The Marauders showed their mettle in a win against a strong Plano West squad. Phil Forte led the way with 22 points while Marcus Smart added 14. Next up: road games against Allen and Lewisville.

3. Prestonwood Christian (Plano) 19-4 (3)
Mickey Mitchell and Julius Randle were dominant in wins against Trinity Christian and John Paul II. Mitchell dropped 24 points against Trinity while Randle had 21 in each contest.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas hoops rankings.
BushRidleySulaimonHarrisonsKelly Kline/ESPNHSHere are four reasons why Texas hoops is the cream of crop this year: (from left) Fort Bend Travis junior Andrew Harrison, Strake Jesuit senior Rasheed Sulaimon, Bush senior Cameron Ridley and Fort Bend Travis junior Aaron Harrison.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Texas edition.

The Lone Star State has turned out plenty of basketball talent over the years, from a surefire Hall of Famer like Shaquille O’Neal to a modern superstar like Deron Williams. Texas has produced a few juggernaut teams as well, including Chris Bosh’s 40-0 Lincoln team from 2001-02 and Yates’ record-setting 34-0 squad in 2009-10 — both teams that finished as state and national champions.

But no matter how good the individuals or the teams, Texas has always been thought of as a football state. That’s never going to change. Nor should it. Texas is the home of high school football. But this winter, it’s also the home of high school basketball.

The 2011-12 season has the potential to go down as the best in state history. There are individual superstars aplenty and teams built to dominate. There are established seniors and upstart underclassmen. And ultimately, there’s sure to be plenty of drama along the way.

We couldn’t cover it all in these four pages, but we did our best. So read on for a sampling of the players and teams to watch in what is sure to be an unforgettable season of high school basketball.

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Randle, four other TX ballers take to court in Elite 24

August, 26, 2011
Of course, most of the focus this weekend will be on football, but for those who need a basketball fix, tune in to the Boost Mobile Elite 24 showcase.

Texas players abound in this year's class, as Prestonwood Christian's Julius Randle, Bush's Cameron Ridley, Strake Jesuit's Rasheed Sulaimon and Fort Bend Travis twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison are all in Venice Beach, ready to show their stuff. The festivities jump off Friday night with the dunk contest, which will air at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. The big game takes place the next day at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

The players have been busy all week, playing in the midnight run, undergoing drills and hanging out with each other. Check out this article with Randle and Sulaimon discussing how to divide up the touches in a game full of stars. And click here to see how Sulaimon extended his win streak in HORSE against former Duke star Jay Williams.

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