No. 11 Klein Forest Golden Eagles
It was a magical and historic run to the UIL state finals a year ago for the Golden Eagles and coach Cary Black. Klein Forest fell to Duncanville in a tight game, but the season had so many great memories which included a 16-0 district mark and a 33-4 overall record. Calvin Solomon and Kharee McDaniel led the squad, picking up accolades and college scholarships along the way. Both are now teammates at Stephen F. Austin. But it's back to the drawing board for coach Black, who will plug-and-play new names in to run his up-tempo style of play. The Golden Eagles hope to have their opponents seeing double as twins Dylan and Daylan Hamilton will be a pair of featured scorers. Junior Marion Williams will take over the point guard spot as a returner with some varsity experience. Last year, Klein Forest was loaded with seniors. The show must go on as coach Black will be ready to defend the north.
No. 12 Fort Bend Travis Tigers
After a third-place finish in the tough District 20-6A, Fort Bend Travis is one of the favorites to win the conference and make a run in the Region III postseason. Why? Coach Craig Brownson has "been-there and done-that." He has led the Tigers to a pair of state tourneys and won it all in 2013 with Andrew and Aaron Harrison. He has the coaching chops, but he also has an experienced guard-oriented team coming back this year. Justin Hill is a tremendous team leader running the point and is a DI player. Hill can score, distribute and defend. Cameron Oliver brings a football-mentality to the team as the Tigers' starting defensive back on the football field. Zul Sakhiyani and Mekhi McIntyre are also quality guards that will play a bigger role with a year of varsity experience under their belts. The Tigers' biggest competition will be Fort Bend Bush in district. While the Tigers were bounced by Sam Houston in the second-round last season, watch for Travis to make a move towards the Regional Tourney.
Dallas has owned us.
When it comes to boys' basketball, the Metroplex has stood at the top of the mountain each of the last five seasons outside of 2016 when Cypress Falls took the 6A crown.
Last year, the Dallas-area took home the 6A (Duncanville), 5A (Mansfield Timberview), 4A (Oak Cliff) and 3A (Dallas Madison) boys basketball state titles.
The last time Houston brought home two boys hoops state championships in the same season was in 2014 when North Shore took the 6A crown and Jack Yates captured the 4A title.
Could 2020 be a repeat?
Morton Ranch looks the part as the best 6A squad in Houston, anchored by Baylor-commit LJ Cryer and TCU-commit Eddie Lampkin. Yates is loaded with talent, making them a viable threat in Class 4A.
So, can the city reclaim its tag of Hoopston? Check out VYPE's Preseason Public School Top 20 below.
VYPE's PRESEASON PUBLIC SCHOOL TOP 20
1. Jack Yates
2. Morton Ranch
4. Summer Creek
5. Shadow Creek
7. Sam Houston
8. FB Hightower
9. Mayde Creek
10. Cypress Creek
11. Klein Forest
12. FB Travis
15. FB Bush
17. Langham Creek
19. Clear Lake
Others to Watch: Foster, La Marque, Cy Springs, Westfield, Elkins, North Shore, Pearland Dawson, Strake Jesuit, Wheatley, Cinco Ranch, Northside and Bridgeland
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