High-SchoolTexas: Kevin Durant

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.

Randle dishes on Elite 24, recruitment and a new recipe

September, 7, 2011
Though the Boost Mobile Elite 24 took place in Venice Beach, based on the love that Julius Randle got during and after the game, it might as well have been in Texas.

Jamie Foxx, a Texas native, gave the Prestonwood Christian junior a shoutout while he emceed part of the second half, and afterward, Kevin Durant tweeted that he was campaigning for Randle to attend Texas like he did.

Randle talked some about his Elite 24 experience, as well as what recruiting trips he has planned for this year and how to throw down in the kitchen. Check out the third installment of "Rappin' with Randle" here.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
The tweet trickled in late Saturday night, playful in its tone but major in its existence.
"After watching the elite 24 game today, I'm starting my 'Julius Randle please go to Texas' campaign" - @KDTrey5 aka Kevin Durant

Indeed, Randle put on quite the show Saturday at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 showcase in Venice Beach, scoring 10 points to help Marques Johnson's team pull out the win against Raymond Lewis' squad. "It was one of the most fun things I've ever done," said Randle, who earned the nickname Jewels.

Bush's Cameron Ridley, Strake Jesuit's Rasheed Sulaimon and Fort Bend Travis twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison also took part in the contest.

Click here to read more about the game and here to see video of Mitch McGary's (Brewster Academy in N.H.) backboard-breaking dunk in warm-ups.

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