Maroon and gold balloons tied to the table, a cake and flowers on the one next to it, something was being celebrated inside Cypress Creek's high school gym on Wednesday.
It wasn't a birthday or a retirement party but rather a celebration of new beginnings for a pair of basketball players - Nate Martin and Morgan Hill.
This day was theirs. A day they would never forget, their National Signing Day.
Start with Hill, who is a part of VYPE's preseason No. 1 girls basketball team in Houston. The senior last year averaged 8.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Cougars. Of the 40 games she played, 15 she finished with double digit points and recorded eight double doubles. Hill's best game of the year last season came against Spring Woods, in which she scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
On Wednesday, Hill signed her National Letter of Intent to play her college basketball at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Congrats to our #5 @Morgankenise2 on signing her NLI to @ULM_WBB ! #SigningDay @vypehouston @cycreekhs pic.twitter.com/ulJZsbN37V
— CyCreekGBB (@CyCreekGBB) November 13, 2019
The other signee of the day was Nate Martin of the Cy Creek men's basketball team.
Martin, who was injured some of last season, played in 18 games for the Cougars and still averaged 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Martin is fully healthy heading into this year and will be a force down in the paint.
On Wednesday, Martin officially signed with Texas State to continue his basketball career.
Officially a Bobcat. Can't wait to get it started in San Marcos ! Thanks for everyone who came out to support & for supporting me along this journey ! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Pz7dzawhB4
— nate martin (@n4temartin) November 14, 2019
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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