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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Sitting behind a table, Eddie Lampkin got emotional.
In front of him were five bags. Each with a school the four-star recruit was considering as his next stop after his playing days at Morton Ranch High School are over. On the bags were TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Seton Hall and WKU logos.
While wiping tears away from his eyes, Lampkin unzipped his black jacket to reveal a TCU t-shirt, while his parents pulled off their sweaters and jackets to reveal the same. Lampkin pulled on a purple TCU hat and threw up the hand signal for the Horned Frogs, officially pledging his talents to TCU.
"When my brother and I started out, everybody doubted us," Lampkin said while wiping tears away. "We just wanted to show them that we could do it."
Lampkin's teammate LJ Cryer verballed to Baylor University earlier this summer, making Morton Ranch one of the most talent-rich boys basketball teams in Houston heading into the 2019 season.