The 2019-20 basketball season ended in an off-the-backboard brick as the COVID-19 virus put an end to the state tournament.
Houston had four teams advance to state and VYPE will grant all four teams a share of the Team of the Year Award. Each had a great story line.
Dickinson hadn't been to state in 65 years and was hitting on all cylinders entering Final Four weekend. 65 years!!!!
Hightower was led by super-soph Bryce Griggs and company, looking to make school history if they could have reached the state finals. Three Hurricane teams made the Final Four before this year's group but hasn't won a game at state in school history.
Yates was poised for their fifth state title in 11 years under the direction of coach Greg Wise. They set the consecutive record for scoring 100-points in a game, breaking their own record a decade ago.
That leaves Stafford. Coach David Montano had the Spartans two games away from their first title since 1992. Stafford was off the grid in the preseason, sneaking up on everyone en route to state.
Here are the All-VYPE teams and superlatives.
We have watched some of these players grow from starting as freshmen to now heading into their senior seasons.
The group is headlined by D-1 commits LJ Cyrer, Tramon Mark, Eddie Lampkin, Jahari Long and Marcus Williams. The Top 5 has a pair of Morton Ranch stars in it, including Cryer (Baylor-commit) and Lampki (TCU-commit). The only other programs to have two players each in the Top 10 are Jack Yates and Dickinson.
Check out the Top 40 players in the Class of 2020.
CLASS OF 2020
1 LJ Cryer, Morton Ranch, Baylor-commit
2 Tramon Mark, Dickinson, Houston-commit
3 Eddie Lampkin, Morton Ranch, TCU-commit
4 Jahari Long, Episcopal, Seton Hall-commit
5 Marcus Williams, Dickinson, Northern Colorado-commit
6 Rubin Jones, Yates, North Texas-commit
7 Gerald Doakes, Yates, Uncommitted
8 Nate Martin, Cypress Creek, Texas State-commit
9 Antwon Norman, Yates, Uncommitted
10 D'Avian Houston, Episcopal, College of Charleston-commit
11 Pierce Spencer, Lake Creek, Nichols State-commit
12 Justin Hill, FB Travis, Uncommitted
13 Bakari LaStrap, The Woodlands Christian, Uncommitted
14 Dylan Dawson, Atascocita, Texas State-commit
15 Elijah Elliot, Yates, Uncommitted
16 Ethan Taylor, Memorial, Air Force-commit
17 Jordan Ivy Curry, La Marque, Uncommitted
18 Jalen White, Sam Rayburn, Ohio-commit
19 Tim Moore Jr., Madison, Uncommitted
20 Romell Williams, Mayde Creek, Midwestern State-commit
21 JaJa Sanni, Clear Lake, UTSA-commit
22 Reece Peel, A&M Consolidated, Uncommitted
23 Blessings Adesipe, Alief Taylor, Uncommitted
24 Nate Lacewell, Legacy, Uncommitted
25 Davion Colelman, Jersey Village, Uncommitted
26 Reggie Comeaux, Nimitz, Uncommitted
27 Roland McDougal, Legacy, Uncommitted
28 Dylan Miles, Summer Creek, UT-Dallas-commit
29 Allen Udemadu, Yates, Uncommitted
30 Deuce Guidry, Dickinson, Uncommitted
31 Stephen Faramade, Bush, Uncommitted
32 DJ Stewart, Bush, Uncommitted
33 Grayson Buehler, Memorial, DBU-commit
34 DJ Nussbaum, Episcopal, Uncommitted
35 Chris Harris, Hightower, Uncommitted
36 Josh Cooper, North Shore, Uncommitted
37 Dylan Hamilton, Klein Forest, Uncommitted
38 Davon Wright, Cy Springs, Uncommitted
39 Westley Sellers, Morton Ranch, Uncommitted
40 Jemarcus Holt, Dulles, Uncommitted